XBMC is a Rich Media Center that supports various desktop OS like Windows & Mac OSX. For the first time XBMC media center has been ported to a Mobile OS: Android.
If you’re a Media Geek or an enthusiast looking for HTPC (Home Theater PC), XBMC is one stop pluggable solution to all your media needs.
XBMC has announced its first full-featured release for Android.
Initially XBMC on Android was nothing more than a remote app, used to control Desktop XBMC.
XBMC is an open-source media sharing software and is now compatible with any Android-based smartphone, tablet, or set-top box, Google TV or anything that runs android for local network video and audio streaming. XBMC for Android brings full range of features found on the desktop equivalent.
Well, thats not all, your phones need not be rooted, all of the features are available for Stock Android OS, out of the box.
The developers plan to provide more details about the release soon. I have been wanting this for so long, now having multiple sd card support and mini hdmi doesn’t seem so stupid after all.
XBMC has risen in popularity because of its clean and customizable interface, as well as its ability to easily play videos from local storage and network shares. The project originally started out as a media center hack for the original Xbox, but it has since been ported to Windows, Mac, and other platforms. XBMC also serves as the core technology behind apps like Boxee and Plex.
While it’ll certainly be nice to have the full power of XBMC on tablets and smartphones, the real killer app for the media player will be on Android set-top boxes, especially Google TV. It’ll be the single easiest way to bring XBMC to your living room, and for media geeks it will give them full access to the media in their homes.
The XBMC folks say that the app works well enough to decode video and audio with software, but hardware accelerated decoding is still being worked on. The one exception is the Pivos XIOS DS, which has hardware acceleration enabled as it was used for development.
Checkout a brief demo of XBMC on a Android base set-top-box:
Developers can checkout this Wiki for Developing on top of XBMC.
Download XBMC for Android [APK]