It’s been months now that our friends at XBMC for Android have been releasing nightly updates for the Android platform. We’re now very excited to announce that they have finally released a very complete and feature filled version of XBMC for Android which is considered by most to be the first end user friendly version of XBMC for Android to date. This version contains all the bells and whistles that you look for in any XBMC configuration, all preconfigured for your enjoyment.
Some of the many improvements that they’ve made to this release include support for an external video player, which is key since without it, XBMC does not yet support hardware accelerated video decoding on most Android devices. It can now be used on pretty much any Android device without experiencing choppy video playback or anything of the sort, and works just as well as it does on your computer. They’ve also bundled in some of the most popular addons as well, so that’s pretty cool too.
INSTALL THE FIRST END USER RELEASE OF XBMC FOR ANDROID IN SECONDS
Step 1: Install the “MX Player” application to your Android device. You can do this through the Google Play store, or simply by navigating to this page on your device’s web browser and then clicking on the appropriate download link below:
Step 2: Launch and exit the “MX Player” application on your device at least once before continuing.
Step 3: Download and install the “XAF Custom Build of XBMC” to your Android device. You can do this by navigating to this page on your device’s web browser and then clicking on the appropriate download link below:
- XAF Custom Build for NEON Set Top Boxes
- XAF Custom Build for NEON Touch Screen Devices
- XAF Custom Build for Non-NEON Touch Screen Devices
NOTE: Should you encounter any errors at this point, make sure to Enable “Unknown sources” under “Security -> DEVICE ADMINISTRATION” within your device’s “Settings” panel.
Step 4: Once it’s done installing, launch the “XBMC” application on your device for the first time, wait a few seconds before you begin using it, then jump right in!
Congratulations! You’re now among the many people who will be switching to Android to power their XBMC configurations in the near future. There is a huge variety of Android devices that are compatible with XBMC and many of them are quite affordable compared to past XBMC supported hardware options. If you’d like to get support XBMC-Android related support visit our friends at XBMC for Android Forums and as usual for general XBMC support visit our Forums anytime.
Special Thanks goes out to kemonine96, staticaDK, and the XBMC Foundation for all their hard work and dedication.