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Archive for February, 2010

Android and XBMC

by on Feb.13, 2010, under Android, xbmc

If you have an Andoid based device and you run XBMC you need to check out the android-xbmcremote project.  I have been using it on my Verizon Droid for a few weeks now and while it is very beta when its done it will be the perfect accompaniment to XBMC.  You will need to change settings on your Android device to allow for apps not in the market.   The developers have said that they will be submitting the app to the marketplace once the app is more mature.

Taken off of the website.

Current Features

General

* Remote control with the look of the Xbox’ DVD Dongle
* Control XBMC’s volume directly with your device’s volume buttons
* Fast access to items in list via hard- or soft keyboard (long-press Menu)
* Manage multiple XBMC instances
* Live view of currently playing playlist
* Notification bar shows what’s playing with direct access to “Now playing” screen (can be disabled)
* Large screen (854×480) support, while maintaining 1.5 compatibility
* On incoming call, display who’s calling on TV screen and pause video until call is over
* On incoming message, display on TV screen
* Setting that prevents your phone locking the screen. You can apply it either for remote control only or all screens (or disable it completely)
* Tabs looking and behaving like HTC’s Sense UI, also check out the Gallery.

Music Library

* Cover art is shown where available
* Now playing screen allows skipping, seeking, stop and pause
* Browse by album, artist, genre
* XBMC’s “Hide artists who appear only on compilations” setting is taken into account when listing artists
* Within a genre, browse by albums, artists and songs
* List all albums and songs of an artist
* Browse compilations only
* Browse files directly
* Sort by album, artist, title, track number etc..
* Play and queue albums, songs, genre selections and much more directly without having to turn on your TV. For instance it’s possible to queue/play all songs from an artist but of a certain genre.
* Primitive listing of current playlist with options to jump to another song or remove a song.

Movie Library

* Browse by title, actors, genre.
* Display all movies of a genre or with an actor.
* Displays movie poster and actor thumbs where available.
* Play trailer from details page where available.

TV Shows Library

* Use the movie library’s file mode for browsing TV shows. A special TV shows library will soon be implemented.

I have not run into a lot of issues while using this app on my phone, there were some issues pulling down all the album art for my music collection but eventually all that synced up.

Ok now that I have you interested follow the link.

http://code.google.com/p/android-xbmcremote/

Note to the Developers:  Love this app keep up the good work!

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