The XBMC development team have returned to their monthly build cycle and announced that the next version of XBMC (version 13) will be codenamed Gotham (cue the Batman jokes). The monthly cycle means that you can get an early look at the new features if you’re feeling brave.
The XBMC team say that version 13 is going to include significant improvements to the UPnP features of XBMC with a new Play Using feature. This will enable you from XBMC to push video or audio content to any UPnP device, so you could use XBMC as a central server for your home.
Also in Gotham are improvements to the Android version of XBMC. The volume controls have been improved and it now will handle full screen rotation. There are also changes to the iOS version and other updates. So if you’re feeling brave give it a try, the download links and instructions are available on the XBMC blog.
Before we get started with the Cycle release notes, we are going to let the cat out of the bag. Team XBMC has voted and determined that the development code name for XBMC 13 will be Gotham. Those of you with art skills are welcome to start putting together awesome XBMC 13 Gotham images now, if you like.
With XBMC 12 – Frodo released, we are now returning to our monthly development cycle, where the first portion of the month is dedicated to feature additions and the second portion is devoted to bug fixes for those and other features. This means, at the end of every month, developers, bug-reporters, and those willing to deal with potentially highly unstable builds can try a snapshot from the current development cycle, and the organization, in turn, will have a more stable and predictable development process. For those of you who would prefer a stable version of XBMC, we will always recommend the most recent stable release (XBMC 12.0), but for the brave, you are welcome to try the end of the month build. To give an idea of just how unstable/alpha these builds can be, there will almost certainly be months in which some platforms won’t actually have usable builds. As always, we recommend you backup your userdata folder before upgrading.
With that said, let’s review some of the more notable changes from the February Changelog.