XBMC For Android

Posted By: Team XBMC on Jul 13, 2012 in Site News

We have been keeping a little secret.. the kind that is so much fun to share when the time comes.

Today we announce XBMC for Android. Not a remote, not a thin client; the real deal. No root or jailbreak required. XBMC can be launched as an application on your set-top-box, tablet, phone, or wherever else Android may be found.

The feature-set on Android is the same that you have come to expect from XBMC, no different from its cousin on the desktop. Running your favorite media-center software on small, cheap, embedded hardware is about to become a hassle-free reality. And as Android-based set-top-boxes are becoming more and more ubiquitous, it couldn’t be a better time. In fact, primary development was done on a Pivos XIOS DS set-top-box. And that is no coincidence, you will notice that Pivos is now listed as an official sponsor (more on that later). XBMC is stable and works great there, as well as on various tablets and phones. Though with Android, as many of you probably know, that is only the beginning of the story.

Enjoy the stereotypical dev-shot low-quality demo video. More video, including phone/tablet usage in the next post.

So what’s the catch? None… in time. Currently, for most devices only software decode of audio and video is hooked up. We considered waiting until universal hardware decode was ready before making our announcement, but in the end decided that in the spirit of keeping things open and working with our ever-expanding community, it made sense to open up sooner rather than later. We are confident that an OpenMax-based player (similar to the one used for the Raspberry Pi) will spring up very quickly. That said, software playback of most media plays quite well already.

Though, there is one exception. As Pivos sponsored a large portion of the port, we were able to work with their vendors to achieve buttery-smooth hardware-accelerated playback on the XIOS DS. It remains to be seen if such hardware-specific features will make it into XBMC mainline or exist as patches for vendors to integrate.

While, as you can see in the video, the port is fully usable and lots of fun to play with, it’s not quite ready for prime-time. We will begin releasing apks for interested beta testers in the coming weeks. But for those who are up to the task, as you would expect from XBMC, the source code is available. We have decided not to push to Google Play until we are satisfied that users with all kinds of devices get the same great XBMC experience. We ask that our users stay on the lookout for evil-doers trying to cash in on XBMC’s popularity. If you see anyone masquerading as XBMC, please be sure to let us and Google know about it.

There is also the issue of having a proper UI for small-screen devices. Typically, XBMC skins have been designed for use on a TV, so use on a small phone can be clunky. But there is nothing keeping skinners from creating more functional touch-oriented skins, like the included “Touched” skin from Jezz_X. With the community’s help, we’re sure to have a more refined version available for inclusion by the time we release a stable version.

There are still many details left to iron out, mainly related to the wide variety of Android devices in the wild. We have not yet decided what minimum requirements will be set, due simply to the lack of extensive testing on exotic devices.

As for taking advantage of Android itself, we haven’t even scratched the surface. There are so many interesting features that we could take advantage of: launching apps, location awareness, speech recognition, on and on. Once the core port is finished up, you can bet we’ll be exploring many new avenues.

I could write for days about how the port started, how it was accomplished technically, what tricks were used, etc, but I will save that for a (somewhat more personal) follow-up post. There is much to say about the process that would likely bore most readers, but I will try to answer the questions that come up in the comments as much as possible in that post. The port was a big effort with many contributors, many thanks to Davilla, Memphiz, Phaeodaria, Montellese, Topfs2, and everyone else who was involved.

Full disclosure: I have been working for Pivos for the last few months, where I suggested the port-work and XBMC sponsorship. I hope our users join me in a thanking them for supporting XBMC and allowing me to work on the port (among other things) during the day. Be sure to check out the Pivos forums, where discussions and unofficial builds are bound to spring up quickly.

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Discussion - 282 Comments

  • Jeremy Jul 13, 2012 

    Great news! Do you know, or have you tested, if it will run on the Logitech Revue? I’d love XBMC on that box so I could clean up my cabinet a little, and find a good use for the revue.

  • DrModding Jul 13, 2012 

    o.O Awesome!!!

  • Rob Jul 13, 2012 

    Awesome!

  • dimsumx Jul 13, 2012 

    Any plans on working with the guys making Ouya?

  • Adam Outler Jul 13, 2012 

    Please contact me at +Adam Outler on G+. I would like to get this on XDA Developers TV as soon as a beta APK is released! We can get OSS android developers to help! We love Android, media and open source at XDA.

  • kr16 Jul 13, 2012 

    jaw dropped !!!!

    Congratulations and thx for continuous hard work.
    Now I need to buy android device :)

  • Larry Jul 13, 2012 

    Excellent news! Looking forward to beta testing this too on my phone and my girlfriend’s tablet.

  • theuni Jul 13, 2012 

    For now, we only want those who build themselves to be testing. We’re about to be absolutely flooded with “abc thing doesn’t work on xyz device”. There are many things that still need fixing, and we’re not ready to support end users.

    When we’re happy with the status, we’ll start building apks. Until then, we ask for a bit of patience and understanding :)

  • Joseph Dyland Jul 13, 2012 

    Amazing news!

  • Evan Jul 13, 2012 

    This is great news. Now my GoogleTV can be useful and interesting(hopefully).

  • David Carr Jul 13, 2012 

    Optimizing for the chipset present in the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus would be a great opportunity. Not only is the Nexus Q an awesome device with amazing build quality and great potential, the Galaxy Nexus is one of the most popular phones out their especially amongst the typical XBMC clientelle. When prioritizing which hardware to optimize for, I hope these devices, which are functionally identical, are near the top of the list.

    Proud user of XBMC since the original Xbox. Keep it strong!

  • Nick Jul 13, 2012 
  • Noir Jul 13, 2012 

    Any plans on working with the guys making Ouya? [2]

  • theuni Jul 13, 2012 

    @David Carr
    My other primary test device was my Nexus S. Runs like a dream on it.

  • Rio Jul 13, 2012 

    How do us developers get a hold of this?
    Where are the SVN’s? or just a tarball of the source?
    Super exited to start testing.

  • theuni Jul 13, 2012 

    @Nick
    Yep, that’s the one.

  • theuni Jul 13, 2012 

    @Rio
    It’s right there in the post.

  • Demos Jul 13, 2012 

    This is HUGE..No this is bigger than huge this is King of all things huge.
    Looks like a few of my Android devices just got called back to active duty :)
    WOW just freakin WOW…Amazing work!

  • Matt Jul 13, 2012 

    any news on mutlichannel audio support out of the XIOS DS?

  • Shamil Jul 14, 2012 

    A port for Nexus Q will be ideal…

  • Bob Jul 14, 2012 

    Awesome. I’ve been hoping for XMBC on Android for quite a while now. This is great news. Really looking forward to see where this goes. This will be great on my Nexus 7. I’m interested to see which TV connected devices this will run well on.

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2012 

    Will I be able to sideload this to the new 2nd gen google tv devices (the ones that run on a arm processor, not intel)?
    That would make the google tv much more enticing!

  • SPUG Jul 14, 2012 

    Will this eventually be able to be hooked up via the mini-hdmi port on some modern androids? If so this would be no need for even purchasing a htpc for my front room. : )

  • schreinereiner Jul 14, 2012 

    dimsumx :
    Any plans on working with the guys making Ouya?

    Seconded. The OUYA hardware sounds like a good match for XBMC if they add an ethernet port (which apparently is already under consideration).

  • dysproseum Jul 14, 2012 

    @theuni
    How can we build this for Android? I cloned the repo from github but don’t see anything Android familiar.

  • Andrew Jul 14, 2012 

    You should check into the Ouya project on Kickstarter. This would be a no brainer for that console system!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console

  • Ray Evans Jul 14, 2012 

    Super excited and super keen. Thanks guys can’t wait.

  • Marr Jul 14, 2012 

    Hope I can use this on blackberry Playbook with the android emulator eventually! This is what I’ve been waiting for.

  • theuni Jul 14, 2012 

    @dysproseum
    see docs/README.android

    @Marr
    Unlikely. Until today, there wasn’t a single line of java in xbmc-android. Now there’s 1: “class xbmc{}”.

  • spiff Jul 14, 2012 

    @ dysproseum read the friendly readme

  • Voiv Jul 14, 2012 

    “This app is incompatible with your Logitech Revue.”

    Guess not yet.

    @Jeremy

  • Skyrant Jul 14, 2012 

    @Andrew

    This is great news for OUYA! It means it will be easy to port to the Android based console. I love you guys!

    Skyrant
    Webmaster myOUYA
    The fastest growing OUYA community on the web
    http://www.my-ouya.net

  • sakodak Jul 14, 2012 

    Does it do dts? Also, I can’t see anything in the input boxes on chorme on this site. Forgive any typos.

  • pszab Jul 14, 2012 

    Great job! Congratulations guys!

  • William Jul 14, 2012 

    Congratulations people, can’t wait to see what will happen….. saw this launch (link below) and just went to check how far you guys are to find this great news :)

    http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G133999328931

  • dch Jul 14, 2012 

    I am speechless!………………….

    You all are amazingly awesome! I have been converting my friends and co-workers to XBMC for a while now. I have done my Apple TV 2 plus 2 more for my friends. Some of my friends and family are running XBMC on a computer/laptop and they are so happy they never want to go back! You guys are truly amazing! I can’t wait to try it on my 10″ Android Tablet and my future Nexus 7 or maybe even Nexus Q.

    We all thanking you for this day of great news.

    dch

  • Golden Eye Jul 14, 2012 

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!! :-)

  • PV Jul 14, 2012 

    Sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!

  • randomice Jul 14, 2012 

    Whether xbmc will support also GoogleTV?

  • Sebastian Jul 14, 2012 

    I love you! Thanks for the good news!

  • Voiv Jul 14, 2012 

    Voiv :“This app is incompatible with your Logitech Revue.”
    Guess not yet.
    @Jeremy

    My mistake I was looking at something else that controls a seperate XBMC device. (XBMC Media Player by ZappoTV).

    Hopefully it will be out soon(tm).

  • Feynt Jul 14, 2012 

    @theuni
    I can totally respect this, but I also don’t like to wait. I’ve just this evening updated to Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus, and I hope to have the opportunity to test this out before long on it. Been using XBMC for almost three years now, ditching satellite for just as long.

  • walster Jul 14, 2012 

    Can it output over DNLA? i.e. One-x + XBMC + HD Media connect / DNLA

  • papampi Jul 14, 2012 

    I cant believe it!!!!
    at last !!!!
    it seems now we should wait for OUYA ….

  • magfal Jul 14, 2012 

    To make the install slimmer it might be a good idea to split out the languages to plugins
    You start with English and and download the languages you need besides English

  • Coda Jul 14, 2012 

    Best news ever.

  • Olli Jul 14, 2012 

    Great news. Love to see XBMC on the MK802.

    You’re the best

  • Trollslayer Jul 14, 2012 

    kr16 :jaw dropped !!!!
    Congratulations and thx for continuous hard work.Now I need to buy android device :)

    Oh dear, forced to buy more gadgets. :)

  • James Young Jul 14, 2012 

    Would like to see this for Ouya

  • Aaron Mathias Jul 14, 2012 

    I have no idea how many of the above people have even downloaded the app. On the Android Play Store there is an XBMC Media Player by Zappo. So I guess that is that. The above details does not tell mee anyhting about Zappo. Anyways, let’s move on -
    - For starters it asks me for a mandatory email registration. Huh??? What gives??? And why is Zappo featurning so prominently on the app??? Who is Zappo & what does it have to do with an Open Source project like XBMC?
    - If the XBMC app has been an elegant interface on the Xbox, PC, OSX et al, how come it has such a piss poor horrible interface that even veterans have to walk the learning curve?
    - Why are irritating ads flashing at the bottom of the screen? If the XBMC/Zappo team believe that the mobile platform should be monetised then please feel free to put up a paid app version that has none of this adware which spectacularly spoils the experience.
    - As subjective opinion, I DO NOT see any hint of the XBMC pedigree in this app. I was so excited when I read about it & when I downloaded the app, it’s been nothing short of a crappy experience.
    - Oh by the way, I am trying to access content on my XBOX, two PCs & a Mac Mini, all of which have XBMC running & ONLY uses UPnP protocol. Whoa!!! So that means I gotta meta-tag my files et al & then & only then will I be able to access AV content.
    - I would have had no grudge or posted a rant about this app if it was a pure Open Source project (case in point the simply most awesome & cool official XBMC remote app). But this is not the case. It is done by Zappos & it is an adware.
    - Just one last thing – The app can play video files within the mobile phone. I mean that’s the reason it has got the sobriquet of a “media Center” but then I wonder why am I being asked to select the native player of my phone (Samsung i9100) or an external player. Excuse me, the last time I checked XBMC is a brilliant media player. Or am I missing the picture????

    Allow me to conclude my subjective analysis – Apart from the fact that it is a glorified UPnP interface, this app falls of short of everything. This app is an affront to everything that XBMC stands for – An awesome media player that is fortified with beer, tears, inspiration & 99.99% gritty cooding perspiration.

    If anyone has taken offence to the above, please mail me by all means on why I am wrong (aarmath@yahoo.com).
    Perhaps this is not the XBMC media center for Android at all. I have been a presumptious fool. If that’s the case treat my post as a rant & by all means please flame me :-)

    My love affair with XBMC began when it was in the XBMP avatar & the respect that this open source project has garnered is simply astounding with no rivals that i am aware of. I hope the same becomes true for the Mobile version as well.

  • Fire69 Jul 14, 2012 

    @Demos

    I can only agree with that!

    I’m… speechless!!!

  • Aaron Mathias Jul 14, 2012 

    Update to my last post:
    - The UPnP protocol on the mobile app does not seem to work when browsing my music on the XBOX (shod with the latest XBMC 3.1 ver). I only see an ever perpetual revolving circle icon. How impressive indeed…

  • JOKAL Jul 14, 2012 

    OUYA!!!!

  • Kai Jul 14, 2012 

    Absolutely amasing team!
    Big big woot!
    I’ll be happy to test it out on my nexu s and transformer pad tf300t when its available.
    You guys rock!

  • spiff Jul 14, 2012 

    @aaron mathias, that’s malware disguising as xbmc. it says very clearly in the article that it it is NOT put on google play yet.

  • pike Jul 14, 2012 

    @Aaron Mathias

    XBMC Media Player by Zappo is a XBMC remote of sorts (I’ve never tried it, I use our official one), it has nothing to do with our Android port.

  • Aaron Mathias Jul 14, 2012 

    Thank you mates (@ Spiff, Spike)!!!
    One of those days when it feels good to know you were barking at the wrong tree. Can something be done about getting rid of this malware? Would be happy to help in whatever way i can.
    P.S. Pleas treat my rant as a defence to my beloved XBMC…

    Semper Fidelis always…

  • Geeba Jul 14, 2012 

    Holy Sh1t!!!!! Jaw drop moment! I only logged on for a look at the forum and there’s this!!! Funnily enough I’m on my Xoom pad!!!! Awesome!

  • daf Jul 14, 2012 

    @Aaron are you able to read?
    “We have decided not to push to Google Play until we are satisfied that users with all kinds of devices get the same great XBMC experience. “

  • Fire69 Jul 14, 2012 

    Aaron Mathias :
    [...]
    If anyone has taken offence to the above, please mail me by all means on why I am wrong (aarmath@yahoo.com).Perhaps this is not the XBMC media center for Android at all. I have been a presumptious fool. If that’s the case treat my post as a rant & by all means please flame me :-)
    My love affair with XBMC began when it was in the XBMP avatar & the respect that this open source project has garnered is simply astounding with no rivals that i am aware of. I hope the same becomes true for the Mobile version as well.

    Well, consider this a flame then, because you must be a complete idiot for writing such a massive post about an app that has completely nothing to do with XBMC :-/

    theuni clearly states that the app is not yet available, and for sure not in the Play-store, so why do you go looking for it there?

    Jeez, some people… :-(

  • Xebozone Jul 14, 2012 

    Oh yes! That is amazing news!
    I use Plex, which is based off XBMC, so hopefully soon we can see a port of that.

    Also, I would love to watch my MythTV live channels and recordings on my tablet, and this could make it all possible!

    Great job!

  • Jay Jul 14, 2012 

    @Aaron Mathias What part of “We have decided not to push to Google Play until we are satisfied that users with all kinds of devices get the same great XBMC experience. We ask that our users stay on the lookout for evil-doers trying to cash in on XBMC’s popularity. If you see anyone masquerading as XBMC, please be sure to let us and Google know about it.” didn’t you understand?

  • Aaron Mathias Jul 14, 2012 

    Hi Fire69,

    Yep, I stand guilty as charged.
    But I hope that the XBMC could put in a warning for the uninitiated on such malware apps, since the same was not there till about a fortnight or so. Oh the malware the app does share the XBMC logo as well detects XBOX/XBMC servers/renderers creating a flase impression that there is a credible XBMC app on the Play Store.

    So yeah, instead of being blissfully ignorant, I decided to write on this malware app. At best, I hope it will create awareness about keeping away from this shitty malware, at worst, I have a troll like you to deal with :-)

    So let’s put this away & discuss something constructive.

  • Chris Jul 14, 2012 

    Wow great news! I was looking for this just a day ago and now here it is on the way, so cool!

  • Arnd Brugman Jul 14, 2012 

    Amazing! I was surprised not to hear anything about this for quite some time and love to be surprised there actually has been a LOAD of work. Would love to Beta Test on a few devices like Desire, SIII, Vega and hopefully soon the Pocket TV! Just contact me through email I’ve entered. Thx pplz!

  • Harley Jul 14, 2012 

    Congratulations and thank you very much!

    That picture of Zappy is so funny, haha :D

  • Harley Jul 14, 2012 

    theuni :
    @Marr Unlikely. Until today, there wasn’t a single line of java in xbmc-android. Now there’s 1: “class xbmc{}”.

    So this is XBMC ported to Android with NDK to run as NativeActivity?

    Great stuff and well done manging to port XBMC without using Java!

  • Pete2445 Jul 14, 2012 

    Yess! Perfect timing, thank you very much!

  • paul Jul 14, 2012 

    Just a thought – suggest it’s made clear right at the get go that it’s not out yet. People, myself included are so excited that they go straight to the android store to download. The fact that it’s not there yet is kind of buried in the body of the article.
    That said…. great news! Can’t wait :-)

  • Andy M Jul 14, 2012 

    JOKAL :
    OUYA!!!!

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Gavin Jul 14, 2012 

    @Aaron Mathias
    Maybe you should read the post before you comment… Just sayin.

  • Steve Jul 14, 2012 

    Wow. Thank you.
    Been waiting so long for this.
    Can;’t wait for hardware acceleration support for the tf101.

  • Jo Jul 14, 2012 

    Fire69 :

    Aaron Mathias :
    [...]
    If anyone has taken offence to the above, please mail me by all means on why I am wrong (aarmath@yahoo.com).Perhaps this is not the XBMC media center for Android at all. I have been a presumptious fool. If that’s the case treat my post as a rant & by all means please flame me :-)
    My love affair with XBMC began when it was in the XBMP avatar & the respect that this open source project has garnered is simply astounding with no rivals that i am aware of. I hope the same becomes true for the Mobile version as well.

    Well, consider this a flame then, because you must be a complete idiot for writing such a massive post about an app that has completely nothing to do with XBMC :-/
    theuni clearly states that the app is not yet available, and for sure not in the Play-store, so why do you go looking for it there?
    Jeez, some people… :-(

    Because he only watched the youTube vid….and didn’t read a word of the post … ;)

  • NineT9 Jul 14, 2012 

    wow… this is huge :) My PadFone just got a whole lot better :P

    Great news guy, thanks for everything!

  • Roger Krekorian Jul 14, 2012 

    Now that seems appropriate on the 14th of July & not on the 13th. I am a Samsung Android/Nexus-Google user.

  • el_psycho Jul 14, 2012 

    Fuck yeah!!!

  • a Jul 14, 2012 

    This is awesome! Congrats !!

  • ryang Jul 14, 2012 

    If you guys can get this running on the HP TouchPad’s with CM9, you’ll be heroes!!

  • Tony Jul 14, 2012 

    I’ve been waiting for this for so long. I’m so happy to see that it’s coming. Gimmie those APKs!

  • Brannon Bowden Jul 14, 2012 

    tested on a couple devices with the build from the MK802 guys. HD and SD Both behaved the same way. Regardless, UI looks awesome and is smooth, Video Playback, gonna have to wait for HW Accel.
    HP Touchpad on CM9 UI is smooth, video is jittery. Could be crappy WIFI or lack of HW Accel.
    Logitech Revue complete fail, app will not even run.
    SGS2(Sprint) – Looked great then about 1 min into the video, audio dropped out and video got laggy.

  • Aaron Jul 14, 2012 

    I have an HTC EVO, Samsung Nexus S 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 if you need beta testers!

  • Mark Jul 14, 2012 

    Ouya! Or the higher end nexus Q!!! Mmmm

  • Razvan Jul 14, 2012 

    Will subtitles over hdmi be available in hw decoding mode? Currently none of the Android players offer this feature. When connecting the tablet to the tv the subtitles are displayed only on the tablet screen.

  • Sue West Jul 14, 2012 

    Awesome. Love XBMC on my HTPC. I’d love to Beta test. 2 Revue’s, Asus tf30t Transformer Pad, LTE Galaxy Nexus [Bugless Beast JB].

  • nicknowsky Jul 14, 2012 

    @Joe
    Yeaj Google TV support is greatly needed dont forget the logitech REVUE

  • BORIStheBLADE Jul 14, 2012 

    Wow! With all the people asking about XBMC for Android you guys did a great job like usual keeping quiet. I’m glad you guys gave Android a try, this definitely gives us more options. Now we just need more Android set-top boxes.

    http://www.streamernation.com

  • VarMan Jul 14, 2012 

    Now im even more excited about the Vizio Co-Star.

  • Rflores2323 Jul 14, 2012 

    This is awesome. Great job xbmc team!

  • jens Jul 14, 2012 

    THIS IS THE BEST THINK EVER!!!!!

    cant wait to try it out!!!!

  • Capt Obvious Jul 14, 2012 

    @MK
    Did you read the article? The part where it tells you to get builds?

  • CosyCat Jul 14, 2012 

    Very impressive!

  • Josh Jul 14, 2012 

    Looks like this would be awesome on the Pocket TV too!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv

  • Alex Jul 14, 2012 

    Do any of you actually read

    “We will begin releasing apks for interested beta testers in the coming weeks. But for those who are up to the task, as you would expect from XBMC, the source code is available”

    meaning NO APK yet. if you want it, build it from source yourself

    great job on managing the workaround with the NDK guys

  • Brannon Bowden Jul 14, 2012 

    Little bit of googling, there are several builds from last night available….Hint….MK802….

  • james Jul 14, 2012 

    I got a galaxy tab 2 7.0 cant wait to see it running xmbc.

  • Jim Bevenhall Jul 14, 2012 

    It would REALLY be nice if it would work on a TViX Xroid A1!

  • Peeple Jul 14, 2012 

    Will this be ported to OUYA?

  • Mr. Mister Jul 14, 2012 

    MK: Please read the post. “We will begin releasing apks for interested beta testers in the coming weeks.”.

  • classicspam Jul 14, 2012 

    Just curious…the post on the front page stated that the XIOS DS has hardware acceleration for video playback (due to them being sponsors and all)…Since the XIOS DS runs on a Mali 400 GPU does that means that all devices using the Mali 400 GPU will have hardware acceleration out of the box (i.e. AllWinner)?

  • Jezz_X Jul 14, 2012 

    MK :
    I got a Xoom. Where can I get the APK?

    It wont run on a xoom anyway anything with tegra2 will not run it as it doesn’t have NEON like the story says you need

  • dhead Jul 14, 2012 

    Great news.

    Now only full Airplay implementation (with sync bytes) is waiting for making xbmc the perfect solution, or an open source alternative (better).

  • Tiptop Jul 14, 2012 

    @classicspam
    The XIOS DS uses an Amlogic 8726-M1 chipset which has a VPU (video processing unit) the video decoder is not present in the Mali GPU. So no any device which has a Mali 400 GPU will not benefit.

  • davilla Jul 14, 2012 

    @classicspam, no, Mali GPU has nothing to do with hardware video decode.

  • mugi Jul 14, 2012 

    @fluidman
    Couldn’t agree more galaxy nexus and ouya all the way!

  • SawltyDawg Jul 14, 2012 

    Works very good for a pre beta. XBMC for Android pre beta 12 7 14 . I got it from the news groups. Plays MKV MP4 & Xvid. thats all i had to test it on. I plays Xvid the best. MKV the worst. MP4 was in the middle just being a little choppy. This was tested on my HTC Thunderbolt with Stock Rom/ Rooted.

  • Munch Jul 14, 2012 

    Would love to help test this on a Asus TF101, have installed 20120714.apk but sadly it’s not working for me. Thanks nonetheless for all the hard work.

  • MassIV Jul 14, 2012 

    Best summer ever!! You guys rock!

  • muppet Jul 14, 2012 

    works fine on gfalaxy s2

    but keep asking for password for steaming in my own network… hmmm what could that be?

  • Rob K Jul 14, 2012 

    I would love for Logitech Revue support, I bought one on the first day of the firesale hoping for someone to eventually put XBMC on it :)

  • SawltyDawg Jul 14, 2012 

    Here is the pre beta I tried.
    [link removed as XBMC would prefer only those capable of compiling use the code right now]

  • ZERO Jul 14, 2012 

    The main question now is if it can output to an external DAC.

  • muppet Jul 14, 2012 

    http://dl.miniand.com/miniand/xbmc-a…g-20120714.apk here is the link for the apk

  • mrcory Jul 14, 2012 

    I am thinking the Ouya just got another trick up it’s android sleeve. They have way more pledged on Kickstarter than they were asking before this was announced and now a $100 XBMC machine that you don’t have to jailbreak makes it more appealing. Though I have already built my PC, I am enjoying this on my HTC Rezound at the moment. Just search google and you can find a site linking to a compiled version.

  • Aaron Jul 14, 2012 

    Nice, will I be able to play movies on my Android tablet from a Windows network share then? I hate using ES File Explorer to log in, wait while transferring a movie to the device then play in Moboplayer, its tedious so I’m looking for something more seamless.

  • MysticWhiteDragon Jul 14, 2012 

    I would like an option to set it up as the default launcher. Also, allow running android apps from the programs menu and have all the android apps listed there.

  • Simon Jul 14, 2012 

    Been doing some searching and the Pivos box in the UK seems to be the Sumvision Nano 1 Slim:

    http://www.sum-vision.co.uk/productinfo/nano/nano.asp

    http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=113555&r=GOOG

    £76 delivered – might wait until I have full confirmation that this spec is above minimum spec for good XBMC performance :-) But exciting stuff – at last a cheap alternative to my XBOX1 :-D (discounting the raspberry Pi as that’s not in a neat package and not readily available)

  • Mike Jul 14, 2012 

    Good news and a good moment to check out the XIOS DS. Unfortunately there is no shipping to europe yet. But I was waiting for a manufacturer with genuine support for Android devices so long. Maybe this blog post will help to get international reseller.

  • Satz Jul 14, 2012 

    Awesome job.
    Tried the build from MK802 on HP Touchpad running CM9 late June 2012 nightly..
    SD video plays well. Shutters playing 720p mkvs

  • dev0 Jul 14, 2012 

    Installed on a TF300 (eePad Tranformer) and it works like a charm!!! Especially for an alpha build.

    AVI’s and mp4 run smoothly, the big mkv’s are a bit too taxing on the wifi bandwidth I suppose.

    But darn … does XBMC look good on my eePad! Thanks a bunch!

  • jenna Jul 14, 2012 

    The readme.android on the site is missing the installatoin of autoconf. The ./bootstrap step fails without it installed on my computer (current kubuntu LTS)

  • Hannu Jul 14, 2012 

    I really wanna see this on my Nexus Q!

  • Simon Jul 14, 2012 

    @Mike

    See my post above yours – seems to be identical:

    Also additional link to NANO 1 Slim + (RJ45 wired network socket and an extar USB port as far as I can tell) £79.99 delivered :-D

    http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_7&products_id=113931 box

  • Jeff Jul 14, 2012 

    Will we be able to run add ons? I am interested in using Mythbox and mythtv backends with my xbmc android front end.

  • Daniel Harkin Jul 14, 2012 

    Very very impressed, and so very pleased I won’t be forced to buy IOS products :-)

    When hardware decoding comes it will be great, running “retouched” skin on Galaxy Nexus Xbmc

    APK available at:

    https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/1/topics/136

  • jimmy Jul 14, 2012 

    i just creamed my pants

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2012 

    @nicknowsky
    indeed, google tv would be cool!

  • Kristoffer Jul 14, 2012 

    Tried it on HTC Sensation XL, everything worked but choppy playback. Probably bad compile, did it in a hurry: https://github.com/xbmc/android/blob/android-rebase-8/docs/README.android

  • Kristoffer Jul 14, 2012 

    Kristoffer :
    Tried it on HTC Sensation XL, everything worked but choppy playback. Probably bad compile, did it in a hurry: https://github.com/xbmc/android/blob/android-rebase-8/docs/README.android

    Update: I was in a hurry, tried other playback software on the device. What i learned was that I have a lousy device (Stock ICE HTC Sensation XL).

  • jmarshall Jul 14, 2012 

    @Jeff: Ofcourse you’ll be able to run Add-ons – in the video TheUni ran TED talks for example. This is a full port of XBMC, just like you have on your HTPC/ATV2/iOS device etc.

  • kim ladefoged Jul 14, 2012 
  • Alvin Jul 14, 2012 

    @Noir
    i’m just waiting for xbmc on android and then i will be sold to ouya

  • Perks Jul 14, 2012 

    Tested it on my DHD, a little choppy but the features are simply awesome

    Took a video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlu4O97JpZg

    Keep it up guys, awesome work

  • Craig O Sullivan Jul 14, 2012 

    I have checked it on my galaxy S3 and I must say it’s already nearly flawless. Playback of 720p MKV was perfect and smooth and of course looked amazing. Looking forward to the future of possible features a phone can bring to XBMC. The future is bright for this and I’m exciting for it.

  • T. Jul 14, 2012 

    SWEET !
    I’ve got it running on my Samsung Galaxy S2 ! (already had it on the iPad)
    Streaming from my Synology NAS in full glory !

  • theslydog Jul 14, 2012 

    Pick me, Pick me! – I’ll beta test! as well.

    I have an Android GT 7.7, Sony Sony NSZ-GS7 and Google Android 4.0 Amlogic Cortex A9 1.2G media player to test it on if that is any help.

  • Raj Jul 14, 2012 

    I am willing to test on HP touch pad with CM9 and Droid-X.

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2012 

    my weekend has officially been made.
    i was messing with alternatives for my incomming mk802, glad to see that this is making progress, cant wait!!!

  • theslydog Jul 15, 2012 

    Samsung GT 7.7 working and looks pretty good for alpha – weather not saving location atm
    http://i45.tinypic.com/91kq40.jpg

  • Edwin Jul 15, 2012 

    I will do almost anything to get this to work on my Logitech Revue. ANYTHING.

  • Gus Jul 15, 2012 

    Is XBMC’s Pivos/Amlogic hardware video decoding support going to be open sourced as well? I couldn’t find it in the github repository yet, although I know it’s still early days. Is XBMC using the Android player library that Amlogic provide, or more direct access?

    (Great work, btw!)

  • Marco Jul 15, 2012 

    Tested on Galaxy Note N7000. It works almost perfectly!

  • KEgg Jul 15, 2012 

    Have been waiting on this for a while, and have already tried it out of a couple of different devices..

    Sadly to say the apk downloaded did not work for my Xoom

    Also tried it out on an Mk802 1Gb Mini Android PC.. All loaded up properly but was unable to navigate using the mouse, and only the Keyboards arrow keys would interact with the menu. Did manage to set up a DroidMote profile to fake touchscreen interaction, so I know it will work for this device, just need the mouse and buttons/touchpad/keyboard sorted via a recompile from someone.

  • jaizedelmann Jul 15, 2012 

    Working flawlessly on my Galaxy S3!

  • XBMC4EVER Jul 15, 2012 

    YA BABY ! I just ordered an Android Pivos today !
    Can’t wait to try it out with XBMC once it arrives !
    You guys rock … i.e. the XBMC Team !!!!! :)

  • Joe Jul 15, 2012 

    Great news. I hope they make version that is specifically for Google TV.

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2012 

    Not work with samsung galaxy tab (p1000). Is-it work only with android 4 ?

  • Cmoi Jul 15, 2012 

    Not work with samsung galaxy tab (p1000). Is-it work only with android 4 ?

  • Optimator Jul 15, 2012 

    This is GOOD news!!!

  • AgentX Jul 15, 2012 

    Excellent job!

  • sam Jul 15, 2012 

    Hows about a package for the acer a500?

  • b Jul 15, 2012 

    Is it possible to compile for x86? Want to see this running on gtv!

  • ZebZ Jul 15, 2012 

    Awesome! This was the number one reason I picked up an HP TouchPad when they were on fire sale!

  • Frank Jul 15, 2012 

    Hi, i would like to participate, too.

    And if i can assist you in any way, i might help you guys out. (i cannot code or anything, but i can design things ;) )

    BR

    Frank

  • trickster21 Jul 15, 2012 

    I am so happy to hear this. Have been waiting for some time to get this news. Thank you for continued active development and thanks to pivos for their support :-) can’t wait to test the beta.

  • intertan Jul 15, 2012 

    I wonder if it is time for some sort of tv server to stream tv channels to these devices with little to no expandability.

  • Xebozone Jul 15, 2012 

    Oh yeah… I got a TF201 and an HD2 I can help beta test. I can probably test on a GalaxyS2 also.
    I got a NAS and a couple uPNP servers delivering all sorts of streamed and direct-played video, etc.

    Also, I would love to test the mythTV and Plex DLNA support on it.
    I compile and host the mythTV builds for Windows, and would promote this on my web site:
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~davco/

    You can contact me through my web site if you need me to test. I’m excited to try it out! Great work!

  • Nik Jul 15, 2012 

    Be sure to get me signed up for regular releases. Newegg has my XIOS on the way already. XBMC is STILL running on my old xbox1 and cannot be replaced in our home or heart until now.

  • DejaVu Jul 15, 2012 

    For those asking to ‘beta test’….

    There is already a Frodo Alpha v4 version mentioned on this board that you can download and install. It’s running excellently on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and HP Touchpad.
    The only issues I can see are already pin pointed in the original news post. Touchscreen and streaming HD Wirelessly to your handset (expected). Simple.

    Other than that, the usual features from XBMC are all there and runs great.

    My media I am going to make accessible from the internet and try streaming it to my phone by HSPA+.

  • Niki Iv Jul 15, 2012 

    Well, I built the apk…
    Didn’t start on my galaxy s1 but started on a Chinese Telechips M805S TCC892x Board.. Unfortunately software rendering only..
    I’ll test it tomorrow on a Galaxy S3.. In the meantime.. enjoy http://goo.gl/3sPS3
    Built on a Ubuntu 12.04 x64 box, after install dont’ forget to switch to Touch skin, much more friendly..

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2012 
  • joselbcn33 Jul 15, 2012 

    Amazing!!!!! I have a main pc in my room with xbmc and also works as server to a laptop in my living room. I was consedering to build a smaller pc, but due this good news, I have been searching for top set boxes, and found this small one : http://usb.brando.com/mini-x-android-tv-box_p02813c051d15.html. It could be an awesome portable htpc (in special for holidays, jejejeje). Hope that due the limited space in the Nand Flash of most of this tv boxes, the apk of xbmc could be installed in an external sd card ( in special for the database details of our movies, music, etc) like other apk for android.
    Also, hope I could modify the config files like xbmc for pc ( I have modify the routes of the items in home menu xlm )

  • henryford Jul 15, 2012 

    I fell off my chair reading this. Gone for the weekend, coming back – and then this announcement? Holy crap, Team XBMC – you outdid yourselves once again.
    I am crying tears of joy right now – this is… so unbelievable. So great.

    Yeah, I know – I am all over the place right now, but I can’t hold myself. This is so amazing. The comming weeks will be packed with nothing but awesomeness!
    Thank you Team XBMC for expanding XBMC even further to even more platforms. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • kim Jul 15, 2012 

    video – XBMC on HTC Sensation @ 4.0 http://youtu.be/BrN4BudLOj0

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2012 

    Make the thumbnails look more like they do in plex please.

  • Ted McPherson Jul 15, 2012 

    Thanks pivos & XBMC. Your overpriced XIOS DS device is now justified in my living room! I am sure this is a very good business move. XBMC is ‘the’ media center.

  • blorro Jul 15, 2012 

    Nice one!
    Ran XBMC on the olde XBOX and tried it on USB stick aswell. Legendary stuff.
    Can do betatest on :SGS I9000, Ainol Novo 7a2, Zenithink C91 (ZT180), ZTE Light (V9).
    //Cheers

  • a13xr0j45 Jul 15, 2012 

    Working for me in a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1.1

  • sublimemovement Jul 15, 2012 

    @Anonymous
    I totally agree with this!!!

  • kw8can Jul 15, 2012 

    would anyone recommend the xios ds a sub for the atv2 ? i figure cuz he says ” As Pivos sponsored a large portion of the port, we were able to work with their vendors to achieve buttery-smooth hardware-accelerated playback on the XIOS DS ” plus you have everything else on ics but i was just wondering what you guys thought

  • Zebraitis Jul 15, 2012 

    This is the coolest announcement since… well… since branching away from the original XBOX.

    While I see a future of android-based boxes, I will miss my own home-built win7 devices.

    But, in the meantime… COUNT ME IN !!!

    Just bought a Samsung Galaxy S3, and I’m dying to see how that 4.8″ diagonal screen will look with XBMC.

  • Zebraitis Jul 15, 2012 

    Oh… of course, that will now mean that SOMEBODY will have to make an easy to use VPN for XBMC… with all these new mobvile devices, we’re going to need a troublefree VPN package to get back to our homes NAS boxes. (and a Wake On Lan via internet too!)

  • henryford Jul 16, 2012 

    @Zebraitis NAS via VPN? Have fun with that.

  • Niki Iv Jul 16, 2012 

    Guys, does software decoding works for you on high end devices? If yes, which one?
    It doesn’t play well even 720p on my Galaxy S3 and doesn’t start on S1..
    Of course this is a ultra alpha and this is to be expected, still I am going to say.. GREAT WORK..

    Thanks a lot

  • Redsandro Jul 16, 2012 

    Niki Iv nope, HD stutters on Samsung galaxy S2. SD plays supersmooth though. I am already happy with it for watching SD stuff.
    I’ve noticed a few bugs though, wonder if I can report them somewhere or they want to hold off for now. I know it’s brand new.

  • Tobias Jul 16, 2012 

    How will it work with compressed files? The comp. vers. of xmbc can playback files that are compressed like .rar/.r01..r95 is it possible to get this working on the android vers. aswell? Would be awsome to have the possiblity to playback all the files on the nas/ftp..

    I got an HTC One X, HTC Desire and an flytouch 3 to test xmbc android on :)

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay Jul 16, 2012 

    Will Android XBMC support centralized xbmc mysql db? I am already running NAS + XBMC on two PC’s sharing a common MySQL database, would we be able to use the remote mysql db? Is mysql support compiled in?

  • Edwin Witlox Jul 16, 2012 

    I own a Samsung Galaxy SII but more likely to be used is my AC Ryan Veolo. The last one is a Android based set top box. I would like to use it on that device. Is there a way i can test the APK?

  • jurrabi Jul 16, 2012 

    Great news and great job! Congratulations.

    I’ll try to compile in the next days to see how it works…

  • LionsG8 Jul 16, 2012 

    What wonderful news!!
    Now I’ll be selling my (so far) useless ATV3, no point in waiting around for a jb to make it work the way it should have from the beginning.
    Hope you’ll make sure that the hw acc. works on other devices too, vendor specific code or not, great video experience – that’s what XBMC is all about.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Lol Phirae Jul 16, 2012 

    This video is private?! FAIL!

  • Craig Jul 16, 2012 

    awesome, I would like to helpout with beta testing: Samsung Galaxy s2 and Sony Ericsson X10i

  • David Skinner Jul 16, 2012 

    I’d love to try this.

    Been using XBMC for a little over a year now and have dreamt of it being on my Android tablet for ages

    Got a Samsung S3, HTC Desire (which would probably die trying) and Acer A500 Tablet.

  • Alik Jul 16, 2012 

    Great initiative but requires ‘Read sms/mms’ permission. Why?

  • Alik Jul 16, 2012 

    @Alik
    Oh, a client and not remote control. Nice. I hope it won’t need the ‘Read SMS/MMS’ permission as well.

  • HenryFord Jul 16, 2012 

    Is it so hard to actually read a few comments before you post yours?
    DejaVu said it:
    For those asking to ‘beta test’….

    There is already a Frodo Alpha v4 version mentioned on this board that you can download and install. It’s running excellently on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and HP Touchpad.

    There is nothing to achieve through asking again and again to be a beta tester.

  • HenryFord Jul 16, 2012 

    Well… I retract everything I said – from the official FAQ:
    APKs
    XBMC for Android is still in early development.
    We ask you to not post private build APKs. Once all is set up we will start release to official build APKs for testing.
    There will be an announced when this will happen.

    So – asking to be a beta tester is meaningless. You will get your hands on the official beta-apks as soon as everyone else.

  • MarcusMarcus Jul 16, 2012 

    You guys made my day. Awesome news. Keep up the good work.

  • Zebraitis Jul 16, 2012 

    henryford :@Zebraitis NAS via VPN? Have fun with that.

    @henryford

    Yeah ! … next thing I’ll be expecting a man to reach the moon, or XBMC on an android !!! :)

  • Bugyboy Jul 16, 2012 

    Hi everyone,

    I have been using XBMC for the last 4 years on my TV and it is great but I don’t get all the excitment about the android port because I don’t understand how you are supposed to use XBMC on a phone or a tablet as you won’t be able to store more than 10 movies and it will just be slower than any basic player like MX. I am clearly missing something ! Could you explain ?

    Thanks

  • Zebraitis Jul 16, 2012 

    Zebraitis :

    Yeah ! … next thing I’ll be expecting a man to reach the moon, or XBMC on an android !!! :)

    Speaking of which, I’ve got it now running on my stock (no root/ROM) Samsung Galaxy S3.

    … cool !

  • NityNotzri Jul 16, 2012 

    I nearly dropped my laptop when I saw the news feed.

  • botmann Jul 16, 2012 

    I went to check out the video, and it’s set as private. I was curious to see how, primarily, how it compared to Plex’s Android client. I expect it to be quite similar overall.

  • Riaz Jul 16, 2012 

    DejaVu :
    For those asking to ‘beta test’….
    There is already a Frodo Alpha v4 version mentioned on this board that you can download and install. It’s running excellently on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and HP Touchpad.
    The only issues I can see are already pin pointed in the original news post. Touchscreen and streaming HD Wirelessly to your handset (expected). Simple.
    Other than that, the usual features from XBMC are all there and runs great.
    My media I am going to make accessible from the internet and try streaming it to my phone by HSPA+.

    Where? May be I am blind or can’t search properly … is it possible for you to please publish the link, so that I (and everyone else) can download and install it on Android devices?

  • Tismon Jul 16, 2012 

    After a quick run-through, I can’t beleive that no one posted any dealxtreme links. I’ve not used them for much, but they almost always have that odd niche device. So depending on if this has enough horsepower, how about this little guy?
    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ak802-mini-android-4-0-network-media-player-w-wi-fi-hdmi-tf-usb-black-4gb-1gb-ddr-iii-143431

    If nothing else, they do have their larger model
    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/google-android-2-2-hdmi-tv-set-top-box-72086?item=2

  • Felix Jul 16, 2012 

    Yay!!!

    I’ve been waiting for this one year!

    Thanks you so much!

  • Kuya Jul 16, 2012 

    BB10/Playbook support next?

  • Ricardo Jul 16, 2012 

    Congratulations ! You make my day ! Now I can buy an android tablet without fear to be left behind :D

  • R00l Jul 16, 2012 

    Can anyone please tell me the name of that white thin client he has in the video? I would appreciate it.

  • Gabriel (PinguimFU) Jul 16, 2012 

    @Riaz Same Here

  • hegemon13 Jul 16, 2012 

    @Bugyboy
    I can think of a lot of uses. On my tablet as an in-bed TV to connect to my media server. Or on an Ouya or Nexus Q as a huge media center feature upgrade.

  • TheMonkeyKing Jul 16, 2012 

    Wow, I cannot wait! I have a few ideas for a tablet UI…

  • zashraf Jul 16, 2012 

    here is the link to test alpha unoffical though. test at your own risk. copied from another site. heard people taking it works on HP touchpad
    https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/1/topics/136

  • zebraitis Jul 16, 2012 

    R00l :Can anyone please tell me the name of that white thin client he has in the video? I would appreciate it.

    @R00l

    Likely, something like this:

    UK: http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_7&products_id=113931

    US: http://www.amazon.com/SumVision-Nano-Android-Media-Centre/dp/B0083T0R1W

  • Pivos_BigC Jul 16, 2012 

    @R00l
    Pivos Xios DS. Its not a thin client, its an Android STB.

  • craig Jul 16, 2012 

    STOP SAYING WOULD LIKE TO TEST. STOP SAYING WOULD LIKE TO BETA TEST.
    I gotta read thru 20 useless comments to see one worth reading.

    Keeping up the great work XBMC team.

  • Kermonk Jul 16, 2012 

    HenryFord :
    Is it so hard to actually read a few comments before you post yours?
    DejaVu said it:
    For those asking to ‘beta test’….
    There is already a Frodo Alpha v4 version mentioned on this board that you can download and install. It’s running excellently on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and HP Touchpad.
    There is nothing to achieve through asking again and again to be a beta tester.

    Because its a useless comment from him since he doesn’t say where this thing supposedly is.

    Also SMS for a media streamer? Sounds very dubious.

  • YS Jul 16, 2012 

    The actual PIVOS XIOS DS box is available on ebay item# 120951636046 .

  • MrBishop Jul 17, 2012 

    Thanks for all the hard work. This will defiantly breath new life into my Atrix 4G. Assuming you decide/can get it to work properly (only need 720P) with the Tegra2 chip. Sucks we don’t have Neon on our chip.

    Great work guys, been using xbmc since 2005 and I will keep using it.

  • VERITAS Jul 17, 2012 

    It works fine on my Samsung S2 – I am searching for a small android tv box now – The settings on the weather plug-in was not working. Could not save the weather locations… :) Great job XBMC Team…

  • Patafix Jul 17, 2012 

    Will this version of XBMC work with a mysql DB deported ?

    I can beta-test this configuration :
    NAS(Filer) / Mysql server : Debian
    Android Device : Samsung Galaxy SII(GT-I9100) – Andoid 4.0.3

  • Harley Jul 17, 2012 

    Can you please post a follow-up article directed towards developers?

    Another much more technical detailed article would be great thanks!

    Some hints where do begin to help develop this and required skills?

  • David Skinner Jul 17, 2012 
  • Hans Marius Kittilsen Jul 17, 2012 

    This is certainly good news for some, but personally (and I know I’m not alone) I think you should work with a server version of XBMC for centralized media library and management.

    Finally, keep up the good work:-)

  • Shailesh Jul 17, 2012 

    You guys rock !!! I have been waiting for this since last year…

  • Freulon Jul 17, 2012 

    Great news !
    I run 2 XBMC/xbox for many years now, and they are ready for retirement …

    But can this APK read files (mp3/divx) from an FTP server (as can my actual xbox) !?
    And is there any way to get the app work on bootup of the device !?

  • Anonymous Jul 17, 2012 

    @Alik
    If that’s included, I’d assume it’s for Android phones, so messages can be displayed in the HUD the same way they are in the desktop client.

  • henryford Jul 17, 2012 

    @Kermonk
    1. You should try reading all the comments, because I posted directly below that I retract that statement with the exact same quote you posted (right here).

    2. I really don’t know where you getting the “So, YES if people want to be beta testers, they should ask.” from the quote. As said in the quote:
    “Once all is set up we will start releasing official build APKs for testing.
    There will be an announcement when this will happen.”

    “Official build APKs for testing” – i.e. pre-Alpha/alpha/beta-testing. There is no word about “stable build APKs”, but test-builds which will be available. It is just useless to ask for being a beta tester since they will provide APKs for testing once the source hits the point where they actually want people to test this (and getting bug-reports, etc.)

    3. XBMC is not a media-streamer.

    4. The permission in question is actually for the official remote not for XBMC.

    @David Skinner
    Well done. I would ask you to remove the comment but that is impossible now. But you just posted what the Team did not want to be posted. As said countless times on the forums and in these comments.

  • MarcusMarcus Jul 17, 2012 

    I got it to work on my Pantech Burst. Some times it force closes when I launch it but usually launches without trouble. It runs smooth and video looks good. Audio is garbled on music and video files. Works much better than I imagined for how earlier it is in the processes. Nice job devs!

  • Vaalir Jul 17, 2012 

    i kinda think that the whole read sms\mms part is that you can enable such an option in xbmc itself, so it shows a toasty when someone calls or you recieve sms\mms. those tags can be misleading sometimes, as i assume this is reading that you just got a message, not the message itself. also, give beta .apk please.

  • Nate Jul 17, 2012 

    Is it my understanding that Android cannot handle ISO files… so, this wouldn’t be able to read them?

    Other than that caveat (and I realize it’s an Android issue), this is great.

  • H29 Jul 17, 2012 

    Works perfectly on my galaxy note with paranoid android 4.0.4. Keep up the great work guys!

  • H29 Jul 17, 2012 

    Just tried to play an .mkv file but xbmc doesn’t recognize this a video file. Has anyone else experienced this issue?

  • henryford Jul 17, 2012 

    @Vaalir
    Again, slowly, so everyone can comprehend:
    XBMC . Does . Not . Require . Access . To . SMS/MMS/Calls .
    Here, these are the permissions needed for installation:
    http://img.tapatalk.com/46c60071-7d1c-b787.jpg

    AND there will be a beta-build once it hits the status “beta” where it isn’t yet. So, just leave it alone and wait, like everyone else (or compile on your own).

  • henryford Jul 17, 2012 

    And before you ask: Below “Show all” is only “Development tools” which is kinda obvious.

  • fabila255186 Jul 17, 2012 

    Where can I find the code to compile it?

  • Sparks Jul 17, 2012 

    Ok guys – is it just me, but what are the ramifications of “SMARTTV” with this. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that essentially a big android tablet (minus the touch screen) and that this could run on that — and be eventually gesture driven?? I personally have everything android but i still think that would be very cool…

  • Sparks Jul 17, 2012 

    I mean “HATE” everything andriod…

  • Kermonk Jul 17, 2012 

    AND there will be a beta-build once it hits the status “beta” where it isn’t yet.

    Then its gamma! Release that! Go go go go! :)

  • Elier Jul 17, 2012 

    I’ve been waiting on this for for a while so THANK YOU!! It works pretty well on my Galaxy Nexus. I have a couple suggestions:
    1) Allow use of the phones keyboard instead of the XMBC input (the letters show up very small because of the high resolution of the phone)
    2) Run the app in “portable mode” and put the profile data on the sdcard
    3) #2 might resolve this issue but in case it wouldn’t: allow for an option to use a MySQL database for the libraries (usually configured in advancedsettings.xml)

    Thanks again and GREAT WORK!!

  • onlyyou Jul 18, 2012 

    Great news ! Anyway to set it up with a mysql library ? (well, how can we setup the advanced settings) I think it’s the interest of this soft. That we can acces to centralized library over wifi. Many thanks.

  • papampi Jul 18, 2012 

    @H29 on my Galaxy Note (Rocket Rom v7 ) it recognize MKV files and play with a little stutter …

    I dont need to run xbmc on my Note and I just ordered my XIOS !!!!
    and my main xbmc is crystalbuntu on atv1 for now …

  • Lewis Jul 18, 2012 

    Just thinking, this would be great for the iPPea TV Dongle powered by MIPS and running Android 4.1.

    http://www.ippea.com/

  • David Jul 18, 2012 

    Hello,
    Were can I buy a PIVOS XIOS DS in Fort Lauderdale? Is it available at Best Buy?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Trollslayer Jul 18, 2012 

    It runs on a Yarvik table – Allwinner A10 (A8 1.2Ghz), ICS 4.0.4.
    Decoding stutters of course, it is software only.
    One question – how do you simulate right click for menus etc.?

  • SNaKyyoung Jul 18, 2012 

    Great Work, I tested on Samsung GTab 7.7, interface works fine, but:
    1-SD videos suffer audio shutter problems
    2-HD videos suffer video/audio shuttor problems
    3-Otherwise function very well

    I read on the post that HW Acceleration was expected to be part of the build, but wight now only SW acc. is used, my tablet has a good RAM and it performs very well, specially with ICS.

    Thank you, XBMC is a very big addition to android media uses

  • Tiptop Jul 18, 2012 

    @Trollslayer
    Try pressing C on a keyboard for context menu, that’s XBMC default keyboard shortcut (see wiki for more info). The build that’s out there has various issues with input via mice and keyboards with clicks and buttons not registering so I’d wait for later builds.

    On the All Winner remotes the right mouse button is mapped to the Android back key the arrow that loops back on itself, I don’t think you can map that action to a key at least not easily.

  • Trollslayer Jul 18, 2012 

    Thanks Tiptop – it’s a trivial thing at this stage, I’ll try both things later.

  • michael Jul 18, 2012 

    Thanks so much for this really made my week. Looks great on my Galaxy S2.

  • dex3108 Jul 18, 2012 

    I have tested app on my HTC Desire and it’s working :D I have installed 1Channel plugin also and it is working :D Audio is shuttering little but hardware in my phone isn’t best and app is in test phase still. But amazing work guys. I will try to record video and post it if it’s ok?

  • Mike Jul 19, 2012 

    It works on my HTC inspire 4g and the audio is shuttering. At least is in test phase and I would like to see the final version soon at least. Great work for beta version and also would like to see with internet connection live tv on xbmc for tablets and phones .

  • avi maman Jul 19, 2012 

    i installed it on galaksy 2 its working great only one problem the hebrew font dont work good

  • X DoKToR Jul 19, 2012 

    Dear XBMC Team….
    As a VERY GREATFUL user of XBMC for nearly 10 years from XBOX 1,(ModChip & XBOXKai anyone?? lol)
    I THANK YOU for this brilliant piece of FREE software you have tirelessly produced for all these years…
    I have always championed that XBMC should of had a ‘dedicated box’ of sorts and the Android direction may mean finally I can get rid of/DUMP the 10+ various HTPCs/NetTops/Windows PCs/Ubuntu PCs scattered around my world…I hope you will retain the ‘play from rar’ feature I cherish & love so much… ;-)
    As an ISP owner since 1997 in UK, I have access to A LOT of hardware & software and to this day, NOTHING beats XBMC for me….

    Keep up the great work….and yes, It seems I’m a ‘fanboy’ :-p

    1

  • ender Jul 19, 2012 

    XBMC —-MK802

  • Coldshadow Jul 19, 2012 

    Big thanks to the xbmc team for all these years, all these builds on all these systems.
    just started exploring the android world last week and BAM! xbmc is announced for it :) .

    love your work.

    XBMC FOREVER!

  • Arganaz Jul 19, 2012 

    Tested on galaxy Note.
    All menu/functions seem to work, but it had some problems with portuguese subtitles and HD video playback
    My Phone works great with BSPlayer on same videos.

    ITS still a HUGE thing you guys are doing, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  • amcfarla Jul 19, 2012 

    @X DoKToR
    couldn’t agree more, being a ‘fanboy’

  • amcfarla Jul 19, 2012 

    @David

    amazon or newegg are the best two options(amazon if you have prime, can have it tomorrow for $3.99 extra)

  • dawson Jul 19, 2012 

    What great news. Waited for this since I first installed XBMC on my ZBOX. I would really like to beta-test for germany with my Xperia Neo (with ICS v4.0) and Archos 70 (v2.2). Keep up the good work guys.

  • Chris Jul 20, 2012 

    @Sparks
    Hate is a very strong word reserved for people of diminished brain capacity

  • Patrik Dufresne Jul 20, 2012 

    XBMC is evidence that the open-source products can be at the forefront of proprietary solutions. Hats off to entire team of XBMC.

  • Trollslayer Jul 20, 2012 

    [Farnsworth]Good news everyone![/Farnsworth]
    I have had a reply to an email from AllWinner as follows:
    Dear XBMC Members,

    Thanks for your keen interest in A10 as well as your great patience. Lately we have received more than 120+ emails from you guys asking for further support on XBMC which has attracted us great attention. Again we have discussed your request seriously and an agreement has been reached that Allwinner will try our best to support the community and in order to support standard firmware like XBMC Allwinner will modify the framework of CedarX if necessary. Weng has always been one of you and he gets to know Allwinner platform as well as CedarX very well with the past years’ of support from Allwinner. We have asked him to contact Gimli and J1nx to figure out your actual needs. Hope with the joint efforts A10 hardware accelerator can be performed on XMBC ASAP.

    Again thank you very much for each of you and your efforts on A10 open source projects.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Best regards,
    Eva

  • Hampsonian Jul 20, 2012 

    I’m loving this.

    Tried it on an HTC One X – works perfectly.

    Tried it on a Storage Options Scroll Extreme (9.7″) running ICS 4.0.3 – works well, though video playback is pretty choppy. Then again, it’s a single core processor running at 1.2GHz, so I’m not surprised…

  • Matt Jul 20, 2012 

    any compiling tips i keep getting a a error 2 on libxbmc.so ive followed the directions in the readme.android and i cam successfully compile xbmc for linux just a little stumped here

  • Chris Jul 21, 2012 

    it dosent boot on a rooted nook running gingerbread…but that’s not saying much.

    i just wanted to say how much i love and still use xbmc for the original xbox and im soo excited for the possibility of replacing my xbox with a OuYa and having xbmc on it, gee.

    thank you for all your hard work.

  • mark Jul 21, 2012 

    i still can’t stream trough my network….

  • davilla Jul 21, 2012 

    @Matt, open a thread in forums for build questions.

  • mdk Jul 21, 2012 

    congrats 2 the team!

    working nicely here (smooth x264 AVC playback) with a Zenithink zt-282 (C91 Upgrade).
    [1GHz A9 Singlecore/Mali400/1GB RAM]

    So let’s await arrival of holy pvr.

    Can really see how MP TV Server + MP2 Media Server + XBMC Client will be the best media solution
    Keep it up!

  • paul Jul 22, 2012 

    I remember a while back xbmc was saying that it would be available on the sigma chip (SOC) The new version is launched i think this month, will we see this on some products at some point this year!!!

  • serjio Jul 22, 2012 

    I have a mini pc android 4.0 I installed xbmc and tried to connect to the video portal has trouble playing the video image slows

  • Leonardo Jul 22, 2012 

    Will be possible to control XBMC for Android with another phone/tablet using XBMC remote?
    If not, which USB keyboard/remote is recommended to use along xbmc for android?

  • jester Jul 23, 2012 

    @Leonardo

    don’t know about a remote app but XBMC for Android does have a webinterface in which I was able to play/pause etc media playing on my SGSII from a webbrowser on my pc
    I assume a remote app will also work

  • serjio Jul 23, 2012 

    yes

  • dag Jul 23, 2012 

    Hi,
    I tested in a Motorola Xoom (ICS) and it does not WORK. When I launch the program, the screen goes black for some seconds and then closes.
    Then I tested it in a Sansung Galaxy S (ICS) and the behaviour is similar… the screen goes black, and after a few seconds the “App not responding” dialog appears prompting to force close the app.

  • stranger Jul 24, 2012 

    I have been using XBMC on the original XBox for years but have been wanting to upgrade to something that can handle HD video playback as well as x.264 videos for a while. I am also a huge fan of Android so I’m very excited about this news and have been watching closely since the announcement.

    Something that no one seems to be talking about, or at least not mentioning, is DVD playback. I know that you can get at least one usb DVD ROM (Samsung SE-218BB) that will work on Android but there is very little information out there on how it works and if you can play DVD movies with it. Does anyone know if it would be possible to play DVD’s via XBMC with a usb DVD ROM?

    I should mention that I have been planning to build a Linux HTPC, running XBMC, as a single media device but cost has been prohibitive and there are some restrictions like playing blu-rays and running netflix. I can live without blu-rays but would still really like to be able to play DVD’s (I have a modest DVD collection and I don’t think my wife would be very happy if she couldn’t watch or rent DVD’s any more).

  • Krogenar Jul 24, 2012 

    Boxy: “It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again!”

    So, did Boxy skin the Android mascot or what?

    Just sayin’.

  • Krogenar Jul 24, 2012 

    Krogenar :
    Boxy: “It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again!”
    So, did Boxy skin the Android mascot or what?
    Just sayin’.

    Zapy — I meant ‘Zapy’.

  • Jeff O Jul 24, 2012 

    I sure hope there are plans to support google tv. I just bought the sony NSZ-GS7 that runs google TV (android). it is a great device and would be and AWESOME device with XBMC support!

  • Trollslayer Jul 25, 2012 

    I think we should remember this isn’t anywhere near Aplha stge so maybe we should calm down a bit.
    There is an Android support section within the forums remember.

  • Flintstone Jul 25, 2012 

    @dag
    Same here in a Xoom2… :_(

  • MnCC Jul 25, 2012 

    Finally, cant wait to run this on my Samsung Galaxy S3 .. do you guys have plans to run XBMC on the new Smart TV’s ?

  • Remon Samy Jul 25, 2012 

    Great News … you guys are awesome

  • Joe Jul 25, 2012 

    I just got a Nexus 7, it’s got the tegra chip in it w/nvidia! I bet xmbc would be awesome on it :)

  • mizifih Jul 25, 2012 

    @Arganaz
    Did you get Portuguese subtitles to work?

  • NimZ Jul 26, 2012 

    Tested on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.2 P7500 – does not work – black screen and then it closes the App

    Any solutions???

    Thanks

  • Adam Jul 26, 2012 

    This is the most amazing greatest news I’ve heard in a long time. I am so sick of my Apple TVs it’s not even funny. They were a great cheap solution.. but they lag really bad and can’t play the better quality files without skipping and buffering every 20 seconds. And worst of all, I have to admit I own not 1, but 3 apple products. I’ve moved to a WD Live in my living room as it’ll play pretty much anything I throw at it, but it’s not XBMC.

  • fedsagainstguns Jul 27, 2012 

    works great on HTC evo 3D/evo v 4g virgin mobile hdmi even works(stock rooted 4.0.3) but it does not work on Toshiba thrive stock rooted 3.2.1

  • Tiptop Jul 27, 2012 

    Jeff O :
    I sure hope there are plans to support google tv. I just bought the sony NSZ-GS7 that runs google TV (android). it is a great device and would be and AWESOME device with XBMC support!

    That’s up to Google, XBMC uses native development kit for Android which oddly enough Google only support on Android phones/tablets, they don’t support it on the GoogleTV android variant.

    MnCC :
    Finally, cant wait to run this on my Samsung Galaxy S3 .. do you guys have plans to run XBMC on the new Smart TV’s ?

    Smart TV’s are all closed systems each unique, no way for XBMC to run on those. Smart TV’s using GoogleTV fall foul of the same problem above.

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XBMC is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. XBMC is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.