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XBMC Media Center 13.0 "Gotham" Beta 1 has been released, bringing improvements across all platforms, such as hardware decoding on Android, proper PulseAudio support for Linux, improved settings, support for some 3D movie formats and more.

XBMC 13.0 gotham

XBMC is a free, open source digital media hub and home theater PC that comes with a 10-foot user interface, which can be used to play videos, music and other media, either from local storage or via LAN or Internet. 

The application is highly customizable and supports a wide variety of skins as well as plugins that can be used to access content from services such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark and so on. The application also comes with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) frontend for Live TV with DVR and PVR support.

New features and improvements in XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1:
  • hardware decoding on Android for both ARM and x86 architectures;
  • speed improvements for Raspberry Pi and Android;
  • support for 3D movies encoded in: SBS, TAB, anaglyph, and interlaced (on supported platforms for passive TVs);
  • improved touchscreen support: gesture controls during video playback, swiping controls in navigation, etc.;
  • instances of XBMC throughout the house can now “speak” with each other and with other UPnP devices;
  • the Audio Engine introduced with XBMC 12.0 “Frodo” has been reworked to be simpler, faster, with better quality across all platforms;
  • Linux: XBMC now cooperates nicely with the pulseaudio server and provides real pulseaudio support. More info HERE;
  • Settings improvements:
    • the settings were broken down into levels, from beginner to expert level;
    • every setting now includes a description;
    • every setting page now includes a reset to default option;
  • better subtitle search;
  • extended Python and JSON-RPC API for developers;
  • updated to FFmpeg 1.2;
  • stereo audio can now be upmixed to 5.1 and sent through optical/SPDIF devices;
  • various visual changes throughout the skin which should improve usability and logic.

It's also worth mentioning that due to changes related to the addon system and skin, some plugins, scripts and skins that used to work on XBMC 12.0 may not work with the latest XBMC 13.0.

Here are some XBMC 13.1 beta 1 screenshots:

XBMC 13.0 gotham screenshots

XBMC 13.0 gotham screenshots

XBMC 13.0 gotham screenshots

XBMC 13.0 gotham screenshots

XBMC 13.0 gotham screenshots

XBMC 13.0 beta 1 running on Android (with the "Touched" skin):

Install XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1 in Ubuntu

Ubuntu users can use the official XBMC pre-releases PPA to install the latest XBMC 13.0 Gotham beta 1. However, note that XBMC 13.0 is still in beta and while it was widely used and tested over the past several months, it's still beta software so you may encounter bugs! 

To add the PPA and install XBMC 13.0 Gotham beta 1 in Ubuntu, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
If you prefer to install the stable version (12.3), you can use the official XBMC stable PPA for Ubuntu.

Download XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1

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New OpenELEC builds should be available sometime next week.

info and 2 screenshots via XBMC