XBMC on Amazon FireTV and XBMC on Google Android TV

Android TV

Google announced at Google I/O 2014 the Android TV platform and the latest acheivements of its mobile operating system Android L.

The interface and operation of Android TV is optimized specifically to cater TV viewers. It adopts Cards UI, as neat as a pin, and it supports Android L. The recommendation bar is located at the top of the screen, housing any customizable item. Cards are mainly used to display movies and TV programs. Android TV is another bold attempt that Google has put into action at home entertainment sector after Google TV and Nexus Q.

XBMC on Android TV

Ever since Android 4.2, XBMC Android version has been able to run smoothly on devices that support Android TV.

Amazon Fire TV

Carrying a deeply forked version of Android, Amazon Fire TV is Amazon's latest effort on smart TV box, emphasizing on search, performance and system openness. Fire TV makes a great effort to offer users video streaming service. In terms of App, Fire TV integrates Hulu and Prime, and more options like Netflix, Plex and NBA Gametime are coming onboard soon, all of which provide users with wide options to rich their video resources. The impressive specs Fire TV comes up with also lay a solid ground for XBMC to run on.

XBMC on Amazon Fire TV

As Fire TV does not allow third party apps other than the ones from Amazon Appstore, users must run XBMC on Fire TV under ADB mode. Here is how to install XBMC on Fire TV: http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Amazon_Fire_TV#Installing

VidOn XBMC on Android TV and Fire TV

Base on XBMC 12 (will upgrade to XBMC 13 soon), VidOn XBMC is a special sub-branch of XBMC. It supports hardware acceleration, Blu-ray navigation menu, AC3/DTS 5.1 SPDIF passthrough and DTS-HD/TrueHD HDMI passthrough. It also plays back 3D Blu-rays. And we are working hard to make VidOn XBMC run perfectly on Android TV and Fire TV.