The XBMC team have released the first ARM version of their media centre software. Designed for the second generation Apple TV, it frees a Jailbroken £99 plastic puck from the iTunes walled garden and opens it up to become the sort of player we're all looking for. While Plex has been on the ATV2 since last November, this is the first release from the XBMC team. However this is described as "full blown" XBMC running on the A4 powered iOS devices (including the iPad and iPhone 4). Check out the videos after the jump.
"The XBMC team is proud to present our first ARM-based release, and it’s a big one. Scott Davilla, with the help of Edgar (gimli) Hucek and Zeljko (amet) Ametovic and several other developers and testers, is finally ready to pull the curtain off of his fun little secret.
You know that $99 tiny form-factor powerhouse that would be just perfect if it could only run XBMC? Now it can.
Or how about that iPad that is just begging to be used as a real portable media center? Now it can.
And while we’re at it, put your iPhone4 to work using XBMC as well. Why? Because we can.
Apple TV Version (2nd Gen)
- Full XBMC install, this is not a remote or thin client streamer.
- No longer is your AppleTV2 chained to iTunes.
- Who wants transcoded video anyway?
- Share files on your network your way.
- Full hardware decode for 720p/1080p movies.
- Everything else you know and love about XBMC.
iPad /iPhone 4Version
- Full-blown XBMC. Not a remote.
- Launch XBMC like any other app.
- Drag and drop media from your computer, or share it on your home-network
- Also fully hardware accelerated for most formats.
- Works on iPhone4, though it’s currently frustrating to use."