[2015 BEST] Android and Linux based set-top TV players recommend by the official XBMC (KODI) Foundation

Measure twice and cut Once is what my father used to say When we would build things together. I remember one summer we built the coolest tree house fort in our backyard. Before build one together, I tried building one on my own. my friends and I almost killed the tree and let's just say, Compared to the one my father and I built, I'm glad I had the guidance show me So THAT 

Luckily for Both of us, my father Showed me the right way to do the things the first time but it did not come easy. Also I use to say, "Work smart, not hard! ' Oh how true I was. When I did something the hard way I Learned Quickly what I should have done and start to wish I had. The key is to know When to start over and when to you do you making sure not to make the same mistake twice.

KODI Entertainment Center runs on many types of hardware platforms and one of The most popular is the Android platform. Android is light weight and easy to setup and use. Also it has the MOST problems Especially When preinstalled or sold by companies Who Do not Provide support or software updates.

In 2013 When the XBMC Foundation released the beta version of XBMC for Android, it exploded across the world. At the time Android was still in the beginning stages of working out a overall device compatibility issues with H / W video playback acceleration hardware.

The problem is, there are so many different types of Android hardware, When Their Google releases Android open-source OS software, hardware manufacturers must rewrite the coating to work in the Compatible with the hardware They sell. This Means They Must Continually test and update to work out any bugs.

When XBMC was made available for Android there was a rush to fill the demand and the market was flooded sadly inferior Chinese With preloaded and outdated crap. Without going into further I'm going to get to the point, there are a list of Devices That are recommended by the official creators of KODI The XBMC Foundation; Specifically to Their software to run XBMC / KODI / TVMC etc.

They recommend the devices are all official android devices and are guaranteed to work properly With XBMC / KODI. We are here to help you do what you enjoy, streaming TV movies! We take pride in providing the correct information You With Which Gives you the results you're looking for. That you can trust we are not here to sell you anything but rather information Provide You With That saves you money.

The Android devices are hardware devices listed That Have the approval of XBMC KODI as official and supported hardware platforms for running XBMC KODI and various add-ons. Do not Consider any other devices May you find online. These are guaranteed to work properly With XBMC KODI.

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Amazon Fire TV is an Android-based (Fire OS) set-top-box That contains a very powerful ARM processor (that can even handle some of the more heavy XBMC skins). Fire TV stands above some of the other Android-based offerings due to Amazon's strong product support and Because It contains more remote friendly versions of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other video service clients, making it a good pairing With XBMC / Kodi.  Device Specifications





Amazon Fire TV Stick is a newly Announced low cost Android-based (Fire OS) set-top box in a HDMI-stick format. Amazon Fire TV Stick contains a little less powerful ARM processor but technically Provides all the same features as STI big brother, Amazon Fire TV.
Both Amazon Fire TV Stick and original The Amazon Fire TV stands above some of the other Android-based offerings due to Amazon's strong product support and Because It contains more remote friendly versions of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other video service clients, all this Should make it a good pairing With XBMC / Kodi.  Device Specifications





Nexus Player is an x86-64 (64-bit Intel Atom CPU) Android based digital media player co-developed by Google and Asus. Running the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" operating system, esta Player Nexus was the first device to employ Google's Android TV platform.  Device Specifications






MK808B Plus (not to be confused With the MK808 or MK808B very different), is a small ARM-based Android "stick" That hardware use an S805 Amlogic SoC chipset. Also MK808B Plus is reliable to run XBMC / Kodi on Linux using third-party unofficial firmware images of example OpenELEC.
While the integrated WiFi support in it is not great, but for About $ 35 USD, the MK808B Plus is a fairly decent 1080p set-top box device for cheap That can decode all The most popularly used video codecs today, Including HEVC (H.265 ).  Device Specifications






Nvidia SHIELD Console is an upcoming next-generation Android-based set-top box and game console That will contains a very powerful ARM processor, (and Should be Able to handle the heavy MOST of XBMC / Kodi skins). It will be one of the first Android-based Which features high-fidelity audio support, HDMI 2.0 output, and is built to handle Ultra HD digital media playback and output in 4K resolution at 60 Hz, Including 60 frames per second decoding of the more recent HEVC (H.265) video codecs and VP9.
TV running the Android operating system (based on Android 5.0 "Lollipop") on X1 Tegra SoC (System on Chip), the Nvidia SHIELD Console will stand above most of it the other high-end Android-based hardware offerings not only Because of STIs graphics and audio capabilities, But Also Because due to Nvidia's strong product support. It will come with remote friendly versions of Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Movies, YouTube and other video service clients, With many supporting video in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution.
Adding to That ITS Comes With Nvidia's gaming ecosystem capable of running all graphically intensive AAA ("triple A") games for Android in 1080p at 60fps, as well as supporting Nvidia's low-latency GameStream technologies for GeForce-equipped PC game streaming, and Nvidia's GRID cloud game-streaming service .. All this making it a very good pairing With XBMC / Kodi.  Device Specifications




ODROID-X is a series of powerful ARM-based single-board computers (developer boards), manufactured by Hardkernel Co., Ltd., an open-source hardware company located in South Korea, capable of running Android or Linux. XBMC / Kodi should work on Hardkernel ODROID-X, X2, U2, U3, XU, XU2, XU3 and XU3 Lite.
The ODROID-X primary series was designed to act as a development platform for developers wanting to prototype embedded systems based on Samsung Exynos 3, 4, and 5 series of System-on-Chips (SoC), but since Also Have Been Made for popular multi-purpose use by low-power device enthusiasts and hobbyist alike, Including Those using it for as HTPC (Home Theater PC) for XBMC / Kodi.  Device Specifications






OUYA is an Android-based game console and set-top-box Relatively That contains a powerful ARM processor can handle MOST That heavy XBMC skins, in Addition to outputting video in Full HD (1080p). The first version of XBMC to officially support the OUYA was v13 "Gotham" Which can be sideloaded Easily. Two versions are unofficial disponible; "XBMC for Ouya" (an unofficial build Submitted to the Ouya Ouya Store by Themselves (Which lacks DTS and AC3 audio decoding support due to licensing issues) and "SPMC" (a fork of XBMC XBMC released by developer Koying That Have Ouya support but must be sideloaded).  Device Specifications




Pivos XIOS DS is an ARM-based media player set-top box That can run XBMC on Either Android or Linux. This was the original Pivos the XIOS DS hardware reference target for the XBMC for Android port development. Pivos XIOS DS performs roughly at the level as a jailbroken ATV2, But Also Comes With USB ports, micro-SD card, and does not need to be jailbroken.  Device Specifications




XS Pivos XIOS (or "XIOS XS Media Play") is an ARM-based media player set-top box Currently That can run XBMC / Kodi on Android, and in the future Might Also Be able to run XBMC / Kodi on Linux using unofficial third-party firmware image, similar to STI Pivos XIOS DS predecessor.
This Pivos XS and Its predecessor XIOS XIOS DS Pivos does not need to be jailbroken and was Previously Both hardware reference target for XBMC / Kodi on Android development. While Pivos XIOS DS only had a single CPU core and roughly at the level Performed as a jailbroken ATV2, XIOS XS Pivos have a dual-core CPU About Which can perform twice as fast as ITS predecessor. Both Also Come With Comes With USB ports, micro-SD card, Ethernet port, integrated WiFi, and a remote control.  Device Specifications




CUbox-i series (Which includes CuBoxTV) is SolidRun's second-generation family of multi-purpose ARM-based mini-computers That is capable of running Either XBMC / Kodi on Android or on Linux, Both using firmware images provided by SolidRun development team and Which third-parties of many Comes With XBMC / Kodi pre-installed.
With its hardware platform built around SolidRun MicroSOM the CUbox-i series use scalable and open source friendly i.MX6 Freescale family of SoC (System-on-Chip) ranging from a single to quad processor ARM Cortex-A9 cores, 2D / 3D hardware graphics processing unit, video decoding and encoding acceleration hardware, 1080p and HDMI 1.4 3D output support.  Device Specifications

WeTek Play is an ARM-based media player device That can run Either Currently XBMC / Kodi on Android or on Linux, using official Both first-party firmware images provided by WeTek development team Which Comes With XBMC / Kodi pre-installed. Also WeTek Play is one of the first XBMC / Kodi based set-top box devices That Have support for integrated DVB TV-tuners, Which are fully functional Currently via plug-and-play under Android and Linux in combination With PVR backend or VDR Tvheadend PVR PVR backend and Its matching client addon for XBMC / Kodi.  Device Specifications

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