Nate Thomas from the XBMC development team proudly informed us, on November 15, that the first Beta release of the upcoming XBMC 12.0 open source media center project is available for download and testing.
Dubbed Frodo, the XBMC 12.0 Beta 1 release has been expected by users for many months now, especially for the highly expected features that are to come in the new version, such as support for the Android and Raspberry PI platforms.
"Today, thanks to the three founders’ decision to release open source, hundreds, if not thousands of people have contributed to XBMC in the form of core code, addons, skins, scripts, hosting, evangelizing, and more."
"For that reason – and for so many others – we choose to honor our founders and the past ten years by naming XBMC 12 after one of them. Thanks, Frodo. And thanks d7o3g4q and RUNTiME as well. It’s been a great ten years." said Nate Thomas in the official release announcement.
Highlights of XBMC 12.0 Beta 1:
· Implemented a new XBMC AudioEngine to support HD audio, including Dolby True-HD and DTS-MA;
· Support for PVR and Live TV;
· Implemented Hi10P (H.264 10bit) video software decoding for anime;
· 64-bit support for Mac OS X;
· Better image support, to allow the database to contain lots of image file formats;
· Support for the Raspberry PI ARM architecture;
· Support for the Android mobile platform;
· Better support for Airplay support;
· Added advanced filtering in the library;
· Implemented advanced UPnP sharing;
· Transifex powered translations;
· Lots of small fixes and performance improvements.
Download XBMC 12.0 Beta 1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.