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XBMC on Android – Nexus 7 Impressions So I got off my lazy butt…

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).

Overall Thoughts

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 and download the APK file and install it.  You’ll have a lot of fun!



I finally got around to finishing my review of OpenElec on the Raspberry Pi.  The video is up on YouTube and I was actually quite impressed with the little device.  It actually handled XBMC pretty well.

If you read down a little more you can find a more detailed writeup of what the Raspberry Pi is, but it is basically a $25 to $35 credit card sized computer that has an HDMI output and is capable of displaying up to 1080p video.

The video looks at how long the Raspberry Pi takes to load XBMC, how it handles video playback, how it performs with Confluence and Aeon Nox, and how well it works with flashvideo (YouTube plugin).


I think if you need something simple that runs XBMC and you do not care about the eyecandy of the menus within XBMC I think the Raspberry Pi is a good investment.  While the version of OpenElec I ran had some video playback issues (see the video) it is definitely an impressive device for only $35.