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SPMC is a Fork of XBMC Available on Google Play Store, Amazon AppStore

XBMC 13, released a few months ago, is the first official release to support hardware video decoding on many ARM based Android devices. However, although both XBMC Android apks for ARM and x86 can be downloaded from xbmc.org, Team-XBMC have decided not to publish XBMC for Android on app stores such as Google Play, partially because video hardware decoding is not yet fully working on all popular Android SoC platforms and devices, but also because of the upcoming name change from XBMC to Kodi. Since the code is open source under GPLv2, anybody can build it, and somebody published XBMC on Android as a paid app, which would have been legal if they changed the name, but as they used XBMC trademark, it has been removed since then. Seeing this, Chris Browet (Koying), one of XBMC developer, decided to fork XBMC, apply some patches not yet approved in mainline XBMC, and publish it under the name SPMC (Semper Media Center / SemperPax media Center) in Google Play Store and Amazon AppStore for free.

SPMCThe main advantages are that you don’t need to modify your Android security settings to side-load an apk, and you’ll get automatic updates, if Koying decides to update the fork regularly.

The latest version is based on XBMC 13.2 with at least the following improvements:

  • Add suspend on rooted devices
  • Possible fix for recurrent startup crash
  • Switch TV to 3D automatically on amlogic
  • Allow mouse long left click to bring up context menu

SPMC on Amazon App currently can’t be installed on Fire TV, but this is checked on, and you can follow the relevant thread on XBMC forums. You can follow SPMC project on spmc.semperpax.com, including access to the source code.

If you’d rather have the official XBMC apk, or try both, since SPMC and XBMC have different signatures, but don’t want to follow or check releases manually, XBMC updater Android app will automatically download and install the latest apk from xbmc.org.

There has been a few other XBMC / Kodi news lately, including Kodi 14 for Google’s Android TV (ADT-1 devkit), and Kodi 14 Alpha 2 release that includes an update to FFMpeg 2.2.4 allows H.265 (HEVC) and VP9 software video  playback, support for 4K videos on Amlogic S802 processor, and more.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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  1. arrhenius
    August 12th, 2014 at 19:51 | #1

    can i install it on my mxiii (s802) and it will work the hwd decoding vicdeo, or the amlogic xbmc is different than the official one?

  2. Harley
    August 12th, 2014 at 22:06 | #2

    SPMC = “SemperPax Media Center”, not “SempPer Media Center” ;-)

    SemperPax is one of Chris Browet’s “trade name” on the different app stores, as well as the name of his domain SemperPax.com

    SPMC is by the way also available on the OUYA App Store

  3. August 12th, 2014 at 22:09 | #3

    @Harley
    I was not sure because I saw both names. In the project’s website, they call it “Semper Media Center”

  4. Xan
    August 13th, 2014 at 14:36 | #4

    Well I just tested it on my cheap Surf Tab Xiron (Cortex A7 quad core, 1 GHz
    RAM 1 GB PowerVR™ SGX 544 MP2 ) … and it works quite well.
    Had to switch to software decoding, since hardware didnt work but other than that everything is fine.
    Yatse remote from other android devices work, 720p/1080p playback works fine, thrown some “hard” movies at it and no problem. Accesing SMB shares over wifi, and transfer rates are good.

  1. August 14th, 2014 at 00:02 | #1