July 14, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
XBMC is coming to Android, and not in just a remote control app like we’ve seen in the past.
“Not a remote, not a thin client; the real deal,” the team announced in a blog post. “XBMC can be launched as an application on your set-top-box, tablet, phone, or wherever else Android may be found.”
Desktop PC users are probably cracking a smile knowing that XBMC, which has a strong pedigree as a media player, is coming to Android. I previously used an old PC to store my movies and music and play them through the TV using XBMC as a way to easily control it. It was an added bonus that the system supported custom interfaces and the ability to connect other streaming services like Pandora and YouTube long before Google TV was an option.
We’re now approaching a time when XBMC can become a media manager for Android. What’s interesting about this development is that the upcoming version will have complete feature parity with the XBMC that users currently know and love. The software has been made to work on Android devices, meaning you should be able to load it on a set-top box, dongle, or phones and tablets.
XBMC is still in development and the source code is available now for people eager to tinker. The rest of us will have to wait a few weeks before the UI for smaller screens is ironed out and beta APK’s are released. You can read more about the port by visiting XBMC.org.