Although I'm sure many folks are waiting to see what XBMC on Android will fully offer, there is some pretty good options that already exist in the Google Play Store for streaming content around. One I like to use is Plex and a few days ago, it got a nice healthy update that brought one of the most requested features to Android as well as quite a few bug fixes:
- Android devices can now be remote controlled.
- Network logging for troubleshooting
- Media Info displayed at top of screen when playback controls are visible.
- Experimental Transcode method (Quicksilver)
- FIX an issue where sometimes Plex would get stuck on 'Loading'
- FIX playback issues on some ICS devices (e.g. HTC One)
- FIX an issue where hints in setup screens were not appearing on some devices
- FIX weird seekbar skipping behavior
The remote control feature is of course, what I was referring to feature wise as it allows you to control various Android devices running Plex from another Android device. Now, I can sit with a tablet connected to the TV and control it with my phone which, makes for a great experience overall.
The other big change in the app comes by way of Quicksilver transcoding. It's a new experimental encoding method that Plex is trying out that is specifically tuned for Kindle Fire users to offer better streaming to those devices. As it stands, it's not enabled by default so if you're a Kindle Fire user, you'll need to enable it in the settings. The update is live now, and available for purchase in the Google Play Store.
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