Category: XBMC for Android

OUYA IMPRESSIONS VIDEO Hey guys, I finally got around to…

OUYA IMPRESSIONS VIDEO

Hey guys, I finally got around to checking out the $99 Android powered gaming console called the OUYA.  At first sight this may seem like the perfect mix of entertainment and home theater system, and it actually does a pretty good job.

IMPRESSIONS

As always I ran the little Tegra 3 powered device through my usual set of tests and it did actually pretty good.  I had installed the version of Android that XBMC has linked in their download section, and unfortuantely as some people on YouTube pointed out it does not use HW acceleration in that particular version.  I updated to a newer release that includes HW acceleration and the OUYA performed much better, playing back the 1080p and 720p content that it struggled with before.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

The box definitely has some great upsides: it is cheap, plays android games, and runs XBMC pretty well.  I personally would not buy one, due to the lack of built in storage space, the fact that I really do not like using a controller as the remote, and that it crashed quite a lot, even with the release version and not the hw accelerated beta.  Overall, if you are looking at getting an OUYA anyways to play games on, XBMC will be a nice addition.

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