It’s been in the works for a while and since it was announced a few days ago that it was coming public, many Android developers have jumped on the XBMC bandwagon, this bringing forth a very exciting time for the XBMC community, something that has been long awaited. Google Android’s operating system is employed on a wide array of devices including mobile phones, tablets, and most excitingly, set top boxes similar to the Apple TV, at a fraction of the price. The Android community is an open source community with thousands of contributors, so hopefully some of them will take interest in our community project as well.
Right now there hasn’t been a final release of XBMC for Android as of yet, but an uncompiled version of it has been released for developer beta testing purposes. There has however been a public beta installable file released by an intrepid Android developer, which can be pretty easily installed to your device. The beta version seems to run pretty well, however it won’t be entirely flawless until the final release with XBMC v.12 Frodo. It will take some time before it’s working perfectly on most Android devices, but should work well with any device running Android 2.3 and up. It may also be a bit difficult to use until an Android optimized touch screen skin is available as well.
INTERIM INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING XBMC FOR ANDROID
(tested on a Nexus S, but seems to be working on most devices)
IMPORTANT: This guide has now become somewhat outdated, you’ll want to click here for the most recent instructions.
- Android Device Running OS 2.3 or Later
- Public Test APK Installation Source (saved to device memory)
Step 1: Navigate to the “Settings” menu on your device.
Step 2: Enable the installation of “Unknown Sources” to your device. This option might be located under the “Development” sub menu.
Step 3: Download and Install the “Apps Installer” application from the Google Play market.
Step 4: Open the “Apps Installer” to view APK files saved to the device’s memory.
Step 5: Choose the Public Test APK file that you downloaded before starting, then click “Install” to launch setup.
QUICKER METHOD: Complete “Step 1″ and “Step 2″ then Navigate to this page on your device’s “Web Browser” to download the “Public Test APK” file and simply choose to “Install” when prompted. You can then skip “Step 3″ and “Step 4″ and get right to the point.
Congratulations! You can now begin testing XBMC on your Android device, push it to the limit. You’ll probably now want to configure the Fusion Installer to easily get addons going on your device. There will be a stable version released soon enough, but this is already very exciting news for Android and XBMC lovers alike. Don’t go out and buy an Android based set top box just yet though, wait until the XBMC team releases their recommended hardware requirements first. It’s just going to get better from here!
Here’s a sneak peak at what the Android set top boxes look like: