We've received mixed reports about switching to ART but it seems that the majority of users who make the jump see some type of improvement. But just how noticeable is this improvement in app performance? Let us know if switching to ART has brought noticeable changes to your device's performance.
XBMC for Android Beta 3 APK Released
Android received some pretty exciting media player news when it was announced that XBMC had made it to the platform. Initially, there were quite a few issues with the nightlies coming out. However, it has been a few months, and the developers have made some great strides.
There are still some issues to work out, but Beta 3 has been released, and it brings a lot to the table. XDA Senior Member kemonine96 updated the XBMC thread to reflect the changes, and there have been a lot of them.
- 1Channel — Developer PM’d me and the choppyness is fixed in latest version (url in add-ons links below)
- Anarcintosh’s Icefilms
- BBC iPlayer 2
- FTP Sources
- Samba Sources
- Shared Library: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show…5&postcount=57
- TED Talks plugin works great.
- The Trailers plugin
- Bluecop’s Amazon (crashes trying to unload librtmp.so — symbol not found)
- Bluecop’s Hulu
- MLBMC: Major League Baseball Media Center
- Trakt.tv stable. The version on github works on Windows, can anyone validate the version from git works on Android?
- WebDav HTTPS
Additionally, there are a myriad of bug fixes, stability improvements, minor tweaks, and other general fixes. There are still many issues, but they’re being tackled as quickly as possible. The worst problems include laggy or non-functioning 720p and 1080p video, high battery drain, high resource usage, touch screen sensitivity issues, and screen flickering.
As before, there are two builds to choose from: NEON and Non-NEON builds. Non-NEON build are for Tegra 2 devices and other chipsets lacking support for the ARM NEON instruction set only, while the NEON builds have a much long compatibility list. There is extensive work being done on both variants. If you’ve been using an older version of XBMC, this is an excellent opportunity to update it and run a better version.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
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