XBMC, the popular open source media player and streaming service, is finally available for Android as part of the latest update to the platform. After an announcement earlier this year, XBMC 12 (FRODO) Beta 2 launched last night giving Android users access to the service for the first time (we won’t count the XBMC Remote app, useful though it may be).
It is important to note that you will need a fairly new (and powerful) Android smartphone to run the app. If your device isn’t supported you will receive a warning message when trying to launch the app. Sadly, the changes to Android 4.2 make this version of XBMC incompatible with the latest Nexus devices or any device running a build of the latest version of Jelly Bean. A fix is promised as part of Beta 3.
The update to XBMC includes other goodies, such as support for Xbox 360 controllers, audio tweaks, and other various bug fixes. The latest version can be downloaded directly from the XBMC website.
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