XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 2 now available for Android devices

The award-winning free and open source media player and entertainment hub XBMC 12 has hit its second beta today, allowing eager Android users to test out the new software. The updated version offers a plethora of enhancements, including audio tweaks, bug fixes and improved support for the Xbox 360 gaming controller.

To get in on the action, users will need to ensure that their device is compatible with Neon processor code, something that most recent handsets support. Unfortunately, there are a slew of issues present in Android 4.2, though they are planned to be addressed in the next build. You can read more information at the source, as well as download the official .apk below.

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XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 1 for Android surfaces

After not hearing much from the XBMC media software for Android since we reported on in back in July, it looks like the first Beta form is now official, code-named “Frodo.” While I couldn’t personally find it in the Play Store, it should be arriving very soon. The only way to download the media player application previously was to be versed in development and compiling. Early ideas of this application coupled with Miracast sound very appealing.

The software itself actually made an appearance on Xbox Live almost 10 years ago and it’s finally making its way to the Android platform after hitting iOS last year. The Android version will have audio suport for DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD formats. It’ll also have live TV and PVR access. Of course with any beta, there will be issues. You can check out the XBMC blog below for a full rundown of features and know issues with the beta.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Unboxing and Initial Review

It’s been a little over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Players for the United States. The Galaxy Players have been available overseas for some time, but as of about 2 weeks ago you can purchase either model in the states. The Galaxy Player 5.0 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display and the Galaxy Player 4.0 features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display. These are WiFi only devices similar to the iPod Touch, but you still have the full Android Market and all the capabilities of a typical Android phone minus mobile data connectivity.

Both come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB built in memory (expandable to another 32GB via microSD), and Gingerbread 2.3.5. You will find a bigger battery in the 5.0, which is at 2,500mAh, as opposed to 1,200mAh for the 4.0. You can purchase the 5.0 for $269 or the 4.0 for $229 through all major retailers. So far it looks like a really nice device for those that just want something simple to use in the house for media and playing games. I will give a full review soon, but for now, check out the initial hands on after the break.


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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 [Video]

Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we had a change to checkout the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0. They will be available for pre-order on September 27th, and available nationwide on October 16th. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 for the U.S.

We are at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio, and they just announced the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available for pre-order starting September 27th and nationwide starting October 16th. The Galaxy Players are WiFi only devices that give you all the functionality of Android for those looking for a “personal media player” type of device.

The Galaxy Player 5.0 will have a 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) and the Galaxy Player 4.0 will have a 4-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480). Both will come with Android 2.3.5 and a 3.2MP rear camera along with a VGA front camera. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

Full Specs:

Network WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
OS Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Display 5” WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) 5.0 / 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800×480)
Camera Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker
Value-added

Features

Android Market™
Google™ Mobile Services : Google™ Talk, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Allshare
Task Manager
Voice Recorder
Connectivity Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB
Memory 8GB, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Size 3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches 5.0 / 2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches 4.0
Weight 6.42 ounces 5.0 / 4.27 ounces 4.0
Battery 2,500mAh 5.0 / 1,200mAh 4.0

Full press release and pictures from the event after the break:


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MediaMonkey for Android is coming soon

If you are a fan of MediaMonkey you will be happy to know that it is being developed for Android by fellow XDA forum member, BulletproofIdeal, to celebrate the upcoming release of the fourth version of the desktop client.

If you are not familiar with MediaMonkey here is how the wiki describes it:

MediaMonkey is a proprietary digital media player and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windowsoperating systems. By using plugins, it can be extended to handle video and other media formats as well.

This is a work-in-progress beta, but it is well underway. Checkout the list of planned features after the break:


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