I’ve just been informed that VidOn.me has released XBMC for Android apks for their AV100 (based on AllWinner A20) and AV200 (powered by AllWinner A31) media players with accelerated hardware video decoding.
It’s not clear yet whether these will run on any AllWinner A20 / A31 devices, or have been locked to VidOn players, but you can give it a try and download them for your platform(s):
- android42-Vidon.me-release-a20-AV100-free.apk – For AllWinner A20
- android42-Vidon.me-release-a31-AV200-pro.apk – For AllWinner A31
VidOn does have a github repo for XBMC, but it hasn’t been updated for nearly a year, so the recent releases are not there (yet).
I had never personally heard about this company, but an article on Wikipedia gives the following description with regards to XBMC:
VidOn.me (or VidOnMe) is a company that maintain a commercial fork and derivative of XBMC media center software, and other than offering non-XBMC based media player software for iOS and Android, they also sell set-top boxes and Mini PCs with Android 4.x that comes with XBMC pre-installed re-branded under the VidOn.me name. They in addition offer iOS and Android remote control apps for their VidOn.me media player software, both which the company claim to be fully cross-compatible with remote control apps designed for XBMC and vice versa. VidOn.me is also one of the official sponsors of the XBMC Foundation with annual donation.
AllWinner 20 apk is said to use CedarX, and might also be compatible with AllWinner A10 (TBC). AllWinner A31 apk should use Android’s OpenMAX drivers for the StageFright API or MediaCodec API, so this could be a nearly standard XBMC image.
Separately, the OUYA Android game console, which is also popular for having an XBMC port, has been offered for as low as $59.99 with CALAMITY coupon. Unfortunately this offer has quickly expired, but there’s still a $10 discount with KillingFloor coupon via ouya.tv. You can only order if you have a US address.
Finally, OUYA has a survey for their users where they are being asked what they use the console for, and what the company should focus the most: system experience, XBMC improvements (CEC, audio-passthough), tablet/smartphone control app, etc… So take part, if you have an OUYA, and what to stir the company development focus in your direction.
Thanks to Rocker for all the tips above.