Do you have an extra Android device lying around? If so, you can now turn it into a full fledged XBMC media center for your TV. Today, XBMC announced that a full XBMC player will be heading to the Google Play store as soon as it’s out of beta. As of now, interested beta testers can request apk’s. For clarification, the version of XBMC that is coming to Android isn’t a remote or other thin client, but an actual install of XBMC. XBMC will run on any Android device including phones, media players, set top boxes and tablets. You do not need to root your Android device to install or use XBMC.
If you’re unaware, XBMC is a popular, free and open-source media center platform which can run on many different devices including Macs, PCs and jailbroken iOS devices (including the Apple TV). XBMC was originally released for the original Microsoft Xbox, hence the original name “Xbox Media Center”. XBMC supports a ton of different audio and video file types and can even run third-party apps and plug-ins.
If you’re an Android user, will you be using XBMC on your device? Or would you rather buy a dedicated set top box like the Apple TV or Roku? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post!