Here’s a short progress update about what’s going on around XBMC. Lot of new stuff;
- The new AudioEngine is almost ready to be merged with master. This means the new AudioEngine will be part of the next xbmc release: Frodo. Rumors are that Frodo will be released within 6 months. The new AudioEngine has a lot of good stuff. It features all modern HD audio and fully support perfect bit Pass-through. At the moment XBMC only has support to identity the streams but it won’t actually play them. Another good thing is that the new AudioEngine automatically lets detect the audio devices available on the system. No more hassle with alsa configuration scripts. XBMCbuntu will greatly benefit from this!
- Ffmpeg has been updated to the latest version. Ffmpeg is the collection of decoders, which will make it possible to play and stream all different formats. A full changelog can be found here. Anther new thing is support for libav.
- XBMC has support to compile for the armhf platform. Small ARM systems like pandaboard and the raspberry pi should be supported then.
- Blu-Ray support should be a lot better. Menu en directory support are on it’s way!
- Android support and Confluence lite is something to mention. A new lite version of the Confluence skin will make it’s way to XBMC very soon. “Androids 4.0.0 Roboto font” are mentioned too. Could this mean XBMC will make it’s way to android? Who knows.. We’ll found out very soon!
- JSON-RPC has a whole bunch of new possibilities. Future remote apps will definitely benefit from this!
I’ll keep posted about the upcoming changes! Cheers!