I’ve used other XBMC remote apps on my Android phone, and I used to primarily use the official one. I thought since it was official, it was probably the best one. Finally, around the time Frodo (v12.0) was in beta, I noticed the remote stopped working. So, I researched it and found that it was not compatible with the new protocols. So, I searched for a replacement. Yatse seemed to be the most favored and recommended choice, so I tried it.

MIND = BLOWN!

This apps does stuff so cool that I didn’t even know was possible. It integrates some brilliant ideas that gave me a new fresh perspective on the possibilities in Android app development.

Here’s some killer features off the top of my head…

  • Dead simple setup… auto-detects your XBMC over wifi
  • Nice simple remote which you can also set as a widget on your home screen
  • Browse through libraries (TV, Movies, Music) with thumbnails and lots of details and queue it up to play
  • “Now Playing” thumbnail and player controls shows on the lockscreen and in the notifications dropdown
  • When my phone rings, XBMC automatically pauses  for the call and automatically resumes when the call is completed.
  • I picked certain apps to have their Android notifications popup on XBMC, so when I get a text, I see “Text from John Doe” in a quick popup bubble on the TV while I’m watching something.
  • Probably so many more features that I’m missing… there are so many settings!

So, what are you waiting for?!  Get Yatse on the Google Play Store.  You won’t be disappointed!

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