XBMC 13.0 provides hardware acceleration of video playback on Android




The developers behind the cross-platform media center software XBMC have released version 13. The software, codenamed “Gotham” carries, provides hardware playback functionality on Android and comprehensive support for 3D viewing.

The Gotham release follows the Frodo-build, version 12, and is especially interesting for Android users: 13 XBMC supports playback of video hardware on a large number of Android devices. This applies to devices with chips on both the ARM and the x86 architecture, so a ‘loose’ media player app is no longer necessary. Exceptions are tablets and smartphones that have a AllWinner A1X/A20-soc.

Gotham also offers enhanced support for less powerful chipsets, such as the Raspberry Pi. In particular, the building and browsing media libraries smoother, as the creators promise. Lovers of 3D video can count on support for sbs, tab, anaglyph and interlaced 3D images. The disadvantage is that Gotham 3D titles still not display correctly on Blu-ray.

The XBMC developers also promise improved UPnP / DLNA support in Gotham. So it should be easier to ask. Content on a smartphone or tablet Gotham also can track whether the viewer has watched a movie or not. The developers also report still several improvements to the audio engine.

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