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* If your TV/receiver supports it, enable various [[Settings/System#Audio output|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 your TV/receiver supports it, enable various [[Settings/System#Audio output|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.
 
* If RSS feed is enabled, disable it in settings. This can make the main menu a bit faster.
* Running out of disk space storage, or want to try tweaking caching and other performance setting to achieve faster response times? See '''[[HOW-TO:Reduce XBMC disk space]]''' for help on modifying how XBMC handles images.<section end="FAQ Performance notes" />
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* Running out of disk space storage, or want to try tweaking caching and other performance settings to achieve faster response times? See '''[[HOW-TO:Reduce XBMC disk space]]''' for help on modifying how XBMC handles images.<section end="FAQ Performance notes" />
  
 
=== Helpful applications ===
 
=== Helpful applications ===

Revision as of 14:30, 10 March 2014

Home icon grey.png   ▶ Devices ▶ Android
Looking for information on the XBMC remote control app for Android? See Official XBMC Remote/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 Requirements

Stop hand.png It is highly recommended for users to not make any hardware purchases in anticipation of running Kodi on Android without first researching the device you want to buy. Before you do buy, make sure multiple people have verified that it works! If in doubt, do not buy any hardware!
  • Kodi v17 and later requires Android 5.0 or higher.
  • x86 (Intel) or a NEON-compatible ARM-processor, (for example: Nvidia Tegra 3 and newer are fully supported by Kodi, while Tegra 2 and older are not).
  • The main aim for the Android port of Kodi is to foremost target media-players/set-top-boxes/sticks that connect to a large screen television and uses a standard remote control as its main interface device, (that is the same market as for HTPC).

3 How-to's

4 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. SMB/CIFS, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, 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.
  • Running out of disk space storage, or want to try tweaking caching and other performance settings to achieve faster response times? See HOW-TO:Reduce XBMC disk space for help on modifying how XBMC handles images.

4.1 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. Yes 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) Yes 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
Ted (Text Editor) Free and open source text editor that is useful for editing various XBMC files, such as keymaps and advancedsettings.xml No link
XBMC Updater Easily update or install XBMC without having to manually sideload No link

5 Device specific info

6 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.