XBMC 12 Frodo hits beta 2 and Android

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The first beta version of XBMC 12.0, also known as Frodo, went live in mid-November for Windows, OS X the Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu - but not Android.

Fortunately, the software - which can also be installed on a jailbroken Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad - is now available for (higher-end) Android devices.

"To run this beta, you will need a fairly modern Android phone, tablet, or other device. We have determined that any Android device that doesn’t include the NEON extension is simply going to run too slowly to be useable. If you are uncertain whether your device is supported, feel free to visit the XBMC for Android compatibility list," XBMC dev Nate Thomas wrote in a blog post.

"Alternatively, you can simply install the XBMC for Android apk. If your device is not supported, XBMC will post a warning when you try to launch the app and exit out. If it is, and it isn’t included on the compatibility list, feel free to add it."

Meanwhile. Liliputing's Brad Linder confirms that the Android version shares "most features" with the latest builds of the popular media center software for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS and Apple TV boxes.

"While there are already plenty of decent audio and video players for Android phones and tablets, XBMC will be particularly useful for folks looking to pick up a cheap Android set-top-box to pair with a TV," Linder explained.

"The upcoming Ouya video game console is expected to support XBMC, and at this rate it looks like you’ll be able to install it on the MK802, UG802, or any number of other Android mini-PCs. That makes those devices a pretty interesting alternative to boxes designed to run Google TV software."

Indeed, Frodo offers XBMC users a comprehensive list of new features, including:

* HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
* Live TV and PVR support
* h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
* 64-bit support in OSX to match the 64-bit support in Linux
* Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
* Improved Airplay support across all platforms
* Advanced filtering in the library
* Advanced UPnP sharing
* Translations now powered by Transifex