Last month, XBMC developers announced they were working on XBMC for Android. The app is still being developed, and is not available on Google Play store yet, but the source code is available, so you can try it out by building it yourself, or try one of the apk available.
The goods news is that you don’t need to build it yourself anymore (unless really want to change the source yourself), as kemonine96, Xda-developers forum member, has setup nightly builds for XBMC for Android.
XBMC for Android can be installed on devices with Android 2.3 and greater and 2 versions are currently available:
- “NEON” devices
- “non-NEON devices” – Mainly those based on Tegra 2 processor
This will work on many different devices such as smartphones, tablet, mini-PC, set-top boxes, etc…, although this type of apps works best on large screens. Bear in mind this is mainly for evaluation for now, and if all what you are looking for is a stable version, just wait a few more months until it hits Google Play store.
Most add-ons (e.g. BBC iPlayer 2, Freecable, FTP Sources, PBS, Samba Sources..) appear to work OK, but some are still being worked on (e.g. Amazon, Hulu).
I’ll probably give it a try on the ODroid-X board later today, even though XMBC4Android can only handle up to 2 cores for now.
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.