OK......now what is the best one to buy on eBay , Amazon or ???/
$20-$30 range hopefully.....
All of the cheaper ones seem to be of questionable quality/reliability, according to Amazon. If you only need it for playing media, I say get one of these[amazon.com]. Otherwise, I don't really know what to tell you. I was going to buy a different one of these Android sticks on Amazon, but after getting scared off by all of the reviews on these things, I decided to get this [amazon.com]because it supports 5.1 pass-through and I can use it with my surround system (unlike every other Android stick and the aforementioned cheaper media player).
Believe me, I was not offended. Everybody is entited to his own oppinion and that is good. If you think I am a whiner, that's fine
What really stroke me is the fact that people (I grabbed you this time, but there are a lot more out there) jump to conclusions and make hard statements about thing they don't have all the information of.
That particular thread you linked to is about, Allwinner trying to push us in the forest with something, that what they gave us were the exact same files. No probrem, must be an error, but when asked about it they start to lie and lie and ....
Call me a whiner, that's fine, but I DO HATE liers!
Anyway; when the dust settled they apologised. If you read the story further on my blog wou will read that eventually they sent some other files.
At this moment their latest linux hardware drivers are borked. We gave them all the info they need to solve it, but they can't or they don't want to solve it.
Thousands of people have reproduced the errors. At this moment there are two XBMC ports available, VLC is available, and all sources are available to them to reproduce the bad decoding.
Now to answer your question about why MXplayer can do it, but XBMC can't;
XBMC is opensource and released under GPL. XBMC is free. Free as in no costs and free as in all sources are open. You are free to take them, use them, modify them, do whatever you want, just honer the GPL license.
You can contact suppliers asking for their video decoing code. To get it you always need to legally bind yourself and sign NDA's (Non Disclosure Agreement). Tht code used is not open, meaning that XBMC have to close the sources.
XBMC dev's will never do that!
Usually NDA's are combined with large sum's of money as well, hence the reason most good player are not completely free. But that is the easiest part.
Secondly; XBMC is pure C/C++ code, most of Android is JAVA. XBMC actually contains just one line of JAVA code telling Android to startup that C program.
Players that are coded in JAVA can hook into Android's libraries. Most NDA released libraries and code also hook into or extend those API's. All with all completely useless for XBMC.
XBMC because of it being a native C/C++ program has to hook directly into the hardware, can not make use of any API/Framework.
Points noted but Linux and the GPL deal with closed source all the time and are still free. From the Nvidia drivers to the Raspberry PIs GPU core. Both can get along without closing up source code.
Linux and XMBC work fine. God forbid people have to compile it themselves and download a toolchain. It's so expensive at 20$... said no-one ever.
"This guy sold me a house without a roof for 2 grand last Friday. Horrible mistake. It doesn't even protect you from the rain!"
If you spend an equal amount of money per year buying more of less, that is your own fault, and not very Slick. If you bothered to look at the factory tour of the first MK802 devices on YouTube, they even anounce it as CPU/GPU = APU (Thank you AMD).
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