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| '''Link2SD''' || Good for moving XBMC [[userdata]] to the external SD card, in case you are getting low on internal memory. || {{?}} || [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buak.Link2SD link]
 
| '''Link2SD''' || Good for moving XBMC [[userdata]] to the external SD card, in case you are getting low on internal memory. || {{?}} || [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buak.Link2SD link]

Revision as of 06:30, 13 January 2014

Home icon grey.png   ▶ Devices ▶ Android
Attention talk.png Read this page and still need help? Check out the XBMC for Android support forum.

XBMC for Android is a full port of the complete XBMC application to Google's Android operating-system. With the Android NDK (Native Development Kit for Android) XBMC runs natively under Android as a Native Activity application. The initial aim for the Android port is to get XBMC working on inexpensive Android set-top-boxes. Phones and tablets will be supported as well for those who want XBMC on-the-go.

1 Main topics

Other Android-specific wiki pages for topics, guides, and advice. For everything else, standard XBMC pages will normally apply.

2 Tips and tricks

  • Note: Remember that hardware video decoding, which will be required on most devices for smooth video playback, requires a nightly build.
  • Avoid using wireless. A lot of Android devices have weak wifi, even those that advertise as being wireless-n. It may be possible to use a USB-to-ethernet dongle on some devices, or even a USB wifi adapter that has a better wifi radio than what is built-in.
  • Switch to a different network protocol to see if that has any effect, i.e. FTP, WebDAV, SMB, etc.
  • Try sharing the media on another device to rule out a device-specific (or network) issue.
  • Turn off thumbnails, XBMC -> Settings -> Video -> File and deselect 'generate thumbnails'.
  • h.264 Hi10P will not work as there are no ARM processors powerful enough to software decode it, and no hardware decoders exist for it.
  • If your TV/receiver supports it, enable various audio passthrough options to reduce the load on the CPU. WARNING: Turning passthrough on when your TV or audio receiver doesn't support it can actually cause video choppiness.
  • If RSS feed is enabled, disable it in settings. This can make the main menu a bit faster.

2.1 Helpful applications

Some helpful XBMC related Android applications, as suggested by the community. This list should not be seen as any kind of official endorsement by XBMC.

Name Description Requires
root?
Link
Link2SD Good for moving XBMC userdata to the external SD card, in case you are getting low on internal memory. ? link
full!screen If you are using XBMC on a Android 4.3 or lower, you can use full!screen to hide the "nav buttons", allowing for full screen playback of videos. Added in v13 Gotham: (Note: XBMC on Android 4.4 should support immersive mode, allowing this switch to full screen to happen automatically) ? link
AnTuTu CPU Master (Free) Allows for disabling CPU power saving features for some Android devices, which could speed up the device. ? link
Rescan Media ROOT Some Android firmware have a media scanner enabled, which can slow things down on some devices. This application will allow you to disable/enable the media scanner. Yes link
Startup Manager (Free) Allows XBMC to open at startup. link
SendLog Useful for sending system logs to XBMC developers when trying to troubleshoot issues. If someone asks you for a "Log Cat" or a "crash log", this application will get that log. Yes link

3 Device specific info

4 Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.