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XBMC Ported to Android, Nightlies Released
The last release of a popular, open source media application ported to Android was a pretty big deal, so it wasn’t hard to guess that the next one would be too. For those who don’t know, XBMC is an open source, multi-platform media player. With a strong and loyal following, the media player could be a smash hit on Android once a stable version is released.
Of course, this is quite a long way off. For now, XDA Forum Member kemonine96 is releasing nightlies of XBMC. Given the loyal following of the media player, this is still pretty exciting news. The nightlies have been broken up into two different builds—one with support for ARM NEON and one for devices without those extensions. Make sure to download the appropriate builds for your device.
As they are nightlies, that means there are some issues. One of the biggest is a black screen issue where the application starts but doesn’t show up on screen. Thankfully, the issue has been narrowed down to only a few devices. Additionally, the APK huge, but that’s because XBMC packs a lot of awesome. Many users are reporting that it works pretty well, while some others are still reporting issues. These are nightlies builds, so one should expect nothing less at this stage in development. On a positive note, there are a number of add-ons available for the builds, and it’s always good to see add-on support so early in development.
For more info, check out the XBMC Nightlies thread.
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