XBMC on ARM News: Updated XBMC Image for i.MX6 Boards, Geniatech Releases XBMC for Android Source Code

Stephan Rafin has recently released a new XBMC image for Freescale i.MX6 based Wandboard development boards (dual and quad only) and Utilite computers. The images have been built with Yocto 1.5 (Dora) released last month, and are based on XBMC Gotham Alpha 9, the latest alpha before feature freezes. That means this is not a stable image just yet, but features won’t change, and this version of XBMC is now going though bug fixes.

Stephan’s XBMC image includes the following:

  • iMX6 hw accelerated decoding (VPU) for most standard formats
  • iMX CEC support (for utilite only as wandboards are not properly wired)
  • WIFI configuration thanks to network manager addon
  • Support for HDMI/SPDIF/Analog sound outputs (including pass-through for HDMI and SPDIF)
  • SMB/NFS/uPNP network shares and other standard XBMC features
  • Bug fixes against previous version – No more transient black screens, trick modes (ffwd, frwd, ..) are now working, and smoother video playback.

This version also provides better support for developers with improvement for native compilation (gcc and standard dev libraries already installed), and cross compilation (Full SDK provided for x68_64 Linux host), as well as an easier way to completely rebuild the Yocto distro (See original blog post for details).

If you want to give it a try, you can download the images corresponding to your board or device:

To install the image simply uncompress the image, and use dd (Linux) or Win32DiskImager (Windows) to copy the binary to a microSD card. Insert the microSD card into your device, and power it up to start XBMC automatically.

If you’ve got another i.MX6 Quad device such as GK802, you may want to try to use the rootfs with your own bootloader and kernel, or easier use mkxbmc.sh script written by HSTE that will generate an XBMC image automatically for GK802.

Another news for XBMC on ARM platform, for this time for XBMC for Android, is that Geniatech has released the source code for the XBMC app used on its AMLogic AML8726-M? based Android media players.

The zip file contains the modified source for XBMC Frodo 12.2, and it has been checked by dual_HD who reported the following changes against PIVOS release on XBMC forums:

  • Save settings after exit, as the earlier version can not save setting after exit sometimes.
  • Easier to exit than earlier version
  • RMVB format support
  • Long time playing 1080p smoothly

That’s not too many changes, but this is still a step in the right direction, as AFAIK, it is the first time Geniatech releases modified source code for XBMC.

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adem
adem
7 years ago

wonder-board quad has
Vivante GC 2000
+ Vivante GC 355
+ Vivante GC 320

why is there 3 descriptions. does it mean there is 3 gpu’s does any one know what it is and also when ever i play xbmc from android tv sticks i always have problem with hw acceleration some of them play local content very well but when playing from addons there are audio video sync issues (due to lack of hw acceleration) unlike my raspberry pi wich plays everything i throw at it if this plays everything i will buy it

adem
adem
7 years ago

i herd that mali-t628 is not very linux friendly i dont know which gpu’s are but which one would you guys say is the most open sourced and linux friendly gpu would it be Vivante

adem
adem
7 years ago

so is there a board out there that i can install linux (ubuntu,debian )and xbmc and have full graphics acceleration

adem
adem
7 years ago

by the way
thanks for your answer

Joe Bucks
Joe Bucks
7 years ago

@adem

Another option besides the Little Black Box mentioned by cnxsoft is the
Jynxbox M1.
It is an out of the box Linux based XBMC mediaplayer,and it is also
cheaper then the Little Black Box.
It can be bought on Aliexpress for about $90 delivered(It used to cost
$80 delivered a month ago).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P57E2KHIk-k

adem
adem
7 years ago

@Joe Bucks
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Jynxbox-M1-Pure-Linux/1173038064.html

it does not say what chipset it is it just says cortex a9. i have a old box called nioniq smart tv box with very similar specs 2gig nand cortex a9 512mb ram i think it is also called gtv220 actualy i think my one is a amlogic chipset 8726-m or something

adem
adem
7 years ago

thanks will look into it

adem
adem
7 years ago
Joe Bucks
Joe Bucks
7 years ago

@adem
Yep,their specs are very vague.I e-mailed them directly asking more
info on the chipset,and the amount of DDR3 Ram on board,but never
got a response from them.
I have a feeling that it is an Amlogic chipset also.
Where you able to install Linux,and XBMC on your Nioniq box?

adem
adem
7 years ago

within android i installed a app that tell u the chipseet of your device and bloody genatech they confuse me the box is a m3 i think. and they also have a box thats m1 and even though it says m3 they call it m1 media box ??? very confusing also description stvm3

Harley
Harley
7 years ago

When we will see all this code make it upstream into mainline XBMC?

Maybe ask them if and when they plan to submit pull request patches?

Would be better if all this was worked on as part of XBMC mainline?

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