I’ve received a mysterious picture this morning without further details…
After a little Google search, it appears XBMC has announced their progress on XBMC for Android.
There was already XBMC remote and thin client available on Google Play, but the latest announcement is the real deal, and XBMC can be launched on you Android based devices be it a set-top box, a tablet, a phone, or whatever… It will be the same user experience as on the desktop
Have a look at a short (and blurry) teaser video showing XBMC running in Android. “Big Buck Bunny” video is to media player what Angry Birds is to tablet, it has to be shown during demos…
XBMC developers explain that most devices only support software decode of audio and video for now, but expect on OpenMAX based player to eventually be available. The main development platform was a Pivos XIOS DS set-top-box based on AMLogic AM8726 processor (Single Core Cortex A9) and it is currently the only platform taking fully advantage of hardware acceleration, but my little finger tells me a lot of development has also gone into the Mele A1000, so all AllWinner A10 device owners might also be able to get a fully accelerated XBMC experience on Android in the near future.
XBMC 4 Android still need some polishing (e.g. redesigned UI for smartphones) and debugging before it can be released and pushed to Google Play, and they will be releasing apks to interested beta testers (cnxsoft is waiving his hand and the Mele A1000 is blinking its LEDs) in the coming weeks. The source code is available on github.
If you have a Pivos XIOS DS STB, you can visit the Pivos forums for questions and to get unofficial builds once available. If you don’t have one, and that makes you want to buy one, it’s available on Amazon for $114.90.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.