XBMC heading to Android set-top boxes
Here’s a potentially interesting one, from earlier in the month, that I never got back to… XBMC being ported to Android
I must admit I didn’t know about the XBMC project before – its basically a sophisticated open source media player system – but it could now be coming to Android devices…
Aside from standard set-top box implementations (a la the Android-based IP STB, the HDX-200, for example), ArsTechnica highlights we could see the repurposing of older Android devices for the same function – “a new wave of open source set-top boxes for all”.
Florence Ion writes:
The rumour had surfaced earlier this summer that the already open source XBMC application would eventually make its way to Android, and it has finally come true. XBMC has been long available for a variety of platforms, including OS X, the Apple TV, and even Windows, but this is the first time the team has managed to launch an Android-compatible version. Currently, XBMC supports most common video and image files, as well as playlists, audio visualizations, slide shows, third-party plugins, and even weather reporting. What makes it so ubiquitous is its ability to work with plug-ins that tack on major features like television program guides and access to YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix, along with a plethora of other popular streaming services. On Android, it also enables the ability to playback H.264 and DC1 media files.