XBMC on Android – Nexus 7 Impressions
So I got off my lazy butt and put together the latest video showing off how XBMC runs on Google’s $199 flagship tablet, the Nexus 7. If you aren’t familiar with it, the Nexus 7 is a 7″ tablet running Android 4.2.2. It uses an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, has 1 gig of ram, and 16gb+ of storage space (depending on which version you purchase).
I really liked the Nexus 7, it ran XBMC really well, struggling only a little bit with the YouTube plugin and 1080p video playback. I am sure the guys over at XBMC will fix that in the next couple of releases though. The big killer is that the Nexus 7 does not have an HDMI output, so you cannot hook it up to your big screen unfortunately.
You also need to be aware of the fact that at this point in time the XBMC developers are not guaranteeing any specific hardware to run XBMC in the long term. This means if your device works today, it may not work tomorrow. A little bit disappointing, but such is the breakneck development of that technology.
If you do have a Nexus 7, head over to XBMC.org and download the APK file and install it. You’ll have a lot of fun!