A year after the release of Frodo, the XBMC team has just announced the launch of the first beta version of XBMC 13 by the code name of Gotham. A version that includes many new features but also marks the end of support for Windows XP.
At the novelty , Gotham improves the fluidity on less powerful platforms like the Raspberry Pi and Android devices. On this same point, the big news comes mainly from the hardware acceleration support on Android smartphones and tablets (4.0 Jelly Bean and higher) with an ARM or x86 processor . To conclude on this point, the management of gestures is also in the agenda, it will now also be possible to browse your uPnP library from your smartphone / tablet and play the video on your PC , just like the idea of Chromecast or AirPlay.
Other important changes that are also emerging , is the 3D with 3D SBS encoded support, TAB, anaglyph and interlaced movies. However still no Blu- ray 3D support and no hardware acceleration for movies in Full SBS / TAB. The team tells us at the same time some important improvements on the Audio Engine.
For a complete list of changes and download the XBMC 13 Gotham Beta1, go to xbmc.org.