July 15, 2012

A Quad-Core computer for $130. Really.

What's this? Well remember the Raspberry Pi that all the geeks were fussing about? Yes, that ARM-based PC that only costed $35 and is fully hackable. Although the Raspberry Pi only featured a single-core 700MHz ARM 11 processor, it wasn't exactly sufficient for extreme modification and hacking.

Introducing the ODROID-X, which features a quad-core Samsung Exynos chipset on a 3.5 inch motherboard. With each Cortex-A9 core clocked at 1.4GHz, the ODROID-X also has 1GB of RAM, a Mali 400 GPU, six USB ports, ethernet, audio input/output, Micro HDMO and an SDHC card reader. It is capable of running Android or Ubuntu, giving you a lot of freedom to customize. Sure, its processor may not compare to your average desktop/laptop but its pretty amazing for its size and complexity. And for only $130, this little device could become the heart of your next DIY project.

[via Gizmodo]

XBMC will bring its open-source media center to Android

It started its life on the first-gen Xbox, but the cross-platform multimedia hub developed by XBMC can now be found running on PC, Linux, Mac OS X, and various iOS devices.

We’ll have to add Android to the list soon, as the developer has announced the coming of XBMC for Android. As the developing team pointed out, this is a real app that you can easily install on any device powered by Android – set-top box included – with no rooting required, and one that provides a hassle-free media streaming and content management solution for all of your multimedia files.

The Android version will have the same features found on its cousins. While the demoed video below shows XBMC for Android running on a set-top box, they said  it’ll play nicely with Android phones and tablets. In fact, the next set of demo videos will showcase the app run on Android phone and tablet.

There are still some minor hiccups, but the app seems to run well in general and can be considered as stable. To make sure that it’ll be ready for prime time faster, however, XBMC will be offering the APKs for interested beta testers in the weeks ahead. Their main concern is to make sure that the app will have an intuitive UI on small-screen device like a phone, as well as making sure that it will support the many Android devices that are available out there. As for those who got the skills and want to flex their programming skills, the developer has already released the source code of the app.

[via Android Authority]