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XBMC for Android

By Team Kodi Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 22, 2013

A favorite among overclockers and other computer gearheads, XBMC for Android quickly and effectively plays just about all of your media, but you need to know what you're doing to set it up. Still, if you don't mind the effort, you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous, powerful player with a ton of options and large media format support.

The app takes a little time to load when you first download it. Despite that, it won't find any of your media for you -- you have to point it to the right folders. This can be a pretty major undertaking if your files are spread out or you don't know what you're looking for. Once you do, XBMC for Android will monitor those folders for any new uploads so you can play them. Format support isn't even a question with this program since it will play just about anything you throw at it. It does it all from its beautiful menu, which responds quickly and fluently to your touches. Sadly, the app's built-in keypad is incredibly small, and it seems meant to be used with a standalone remote. The app can connect to external hard drives and even to a dedicated home media computer if you need it to. It's not available in the Play store, so you'll need to sideload it to get it. You'll also find a large selection of add-ons and upgrades to customize the player for your needs.

Even though XBMC for Android isn't the easiest thing in the world to set up, it is amazingly powerful. This all-in-one mobile media center is worth checking out for the format support alone.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.2

General

Release June 10, 2013
Date Added June 10, 2013
Version 12.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Compatible with Android 4.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 79,368
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

XBMC Media Center is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons. The XBMC project is managed by the non-profit XBMC Foundation, and developed by volunteers located around the world. Since its creation in 2003 more than 60 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 40 languages.