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Kodi (XBMC) Alpha and Beta now available via Google Play

There are only a few media hub apps and software out there that you would even consider, because handling all your media and then pushing, playing, transcoding them to something you can watch or listen to on your big screen TV is major work. Kodi – formerly called XBMC – is one of the more solid apps out there, but right until now, you had to somehow sideload it to use it. Not anymore.

Kodi/XBMC app now does auto updating, no need for sideloading

We’ve discussed the Kodi app before – it was named XBMC before that – so if you haven’t heard of it, read up here, here, and here. The app is one of the more robust media software suites out there, and it will run on almost any platform – Windows, Mac, Android, even on a Linux-based RaspberryPi. But the Android app has experienced slow progress until today, where it now gets an auto-update feature coming from the Google Play Store.

Yatse remote for XBMC/Kodi gets Material Design love

For you to be familiar with Yatse, you have to first be acquainted with XBMC – recently renamed to “Kodi” for copyright and legal reasons. Kodi is one of the most complete media player suites out there, bar none. That is the reason for its popularity in the media enthusiast community, but it’s about time that you get to know it as well. Yatse is the remote app that brings it all together, and it just got recently updated with some Material Design aesthetics.

VidOn Box runs a custom version of Android XBMC

A new Android XBMC powered set top box is up for pre-order called the VidOn Box. One of the big features of this set top box is that it has a low price with pre-orders underway for $49 right now. The device can run Android apps along with a custom version of the XBMC called VidOn Media Center.

XBMC app arrives in the OUYA store

We have seen XBMC up and running on the OUYA game console before. A demo surfaced way back in March that showed the software running and how it was controlled using the OUYA remote. That build was being shown on a developer unit OUYA and came by way of Nathan Betzen, who is part of the XBMC team. Well, flash forward till today and it looks like installing XBMC on your OUYA has gotten just a bit easier.

Stable version of XBMC XAF custom build released for Android

If you have your eyes on an Android-powered HT PC for the living room, a stable XAF custom build of XBMC is now available for Android users. The people behind the software say that it's the first and only truly end user-friendly release of XBMC available on the Internet. If you're not familiar with XBMC, it is a media center software suite that uses third-party add-ons allowing you to access content available online in formats that are easy-to-use.

XBMC up and running on the OUYA game console

XBMC for Android is something that we have seen before. On top of that, we had previously been told that the OUYA game console was going to offer support. The key bit here, up until now we haven't been able to get a look at how XBMC will run on the console. Yes, we said up until now because a video of just that has recently been discovered. Trying to avoid offering a spoiler right from the beginning, but, it is looking pretty nice.

XBMC brings media center control to Android: 3 steps to get started

You may have heard the news that the XBMC team has released a "user friendly" version of their media player that should be compatible with almost all Android devices. While the app itself may put the focus on accessibility, getting the app running is a little bit more complex than just downloading it from the Google Play Store. Luckily, the steps involved don't seem bad at all, so you should only need to spend a few extra minutes to get XBMC working properly on your device.
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