Second openBOXware update3-05-2012

The openBOXware launcher (version 0.1) has been updated again, introducing some improvements and some new features. All media sources currently published to the Google Play marketplace have been updated as well (filesystem, UPnP and Last.fm free tracks media sources).

Video playback has been improved. Navigation through the media library is now asynchronous and offers a smoother experience to the user. Generation and display of media thumbnails has been improved and is now enabled for several types of media files (videos and pictures).

Please make sure to update all components (both the openBOXware launcher and all media sources) through the standard Android update mechanism via Google Play.

openBOXware update15-04-2012

The openBOXware launcher has been updated and is available on the Google Play marketplace and can be installed or updated through the standard updating channels of any Android device.

The update introduces several bug fixes, both for multimedia functionalities and text typos. Playback of multimedia resources should be more stable and reliable. Additionally, openBOXware is now also shown in the standard application grid and thus can be launched like any other application from another Android launcher (this allows the user to use a default launcher which does not interfere with the standard smartphone use scenario of her/his device).

Finally, a short introductory guide has been added to the launcher: this tutorial introduces the basic openBOXware concept and allows the user to discover its functionalities. The tutorial is launcher automatically when openBOXware is first opened and can also be started manually by tapping on the ‘?’ button.

openBOXware released on the marketplace1-03-2012

The first public release of openBOXware has been published on the Android Marketplace (now: Google Play, after a recent renaming). Version 0.1 is up and freely available for download:

Download openBOXware

The released version of the software package includes all features as described on the website. The Android Marketplace also includes some sample media sources and applications you can install, including a Last.fm client, a file system media source and a feed reader application.

openBOXware Beta Release almost ready16-12-2011

After the successful experiment conducted at Urbino on 11 November 2011 openBOXware & Android – The Day of Convercence (video), the openBOXware Team they has continued working: on December 18th, 2012 the openBOXware beta for Android will be released.

The app will become available on the Android Market, it will be downloadable by clicking on the “download” button you can find on the top-right corner of the screen.

 

openBOXware 11.11.11.11 experiment report15-11-2011

As we all were hoping, the experiment has been a success! On the NeuNet blog you’ll find a detailed report, some notes and pictures taken during the demo on November 11th, 2011 when the capabilities of the openBOXware for Android prototype have been demonstrated in public.

The feasibility and advantages of exploiting technological and functional convergence between smartphones and smartTVs, as described by the openBOXware concept, have been proved in practice.

By using openBOXware for Android, any Android-based smartphone turns into a device capable of playing back any online multimedia resource as if it were a common TV channel, that can be connected to a TV screen and controlled by a remote controller.

The framework will soon be available on the Android Market. In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming an openBOXware for Android alpha-tester, please contact us at info@neunet.it.

 

openBOXware & Android – The Day of Convergence8-11-2011

The openBOXware prototype is almost ready. Just some touch-up is missing before the experiment will be reality in Urbino on 11 November at 11am (and 11 minutes). Do you want to take part of it? You just have to fill in the registration form at http://blog.neutralaccess.net/OBWandroid2011/

The openBOXware project is a cooperation between the cultural association NeuNet and the Department of Basic Sciences and Fundamentals (DiSBeF) and the Degree Course in Applied Computer Science at University of Urbino. The Experiment will be realized in collaboration with RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA, IMAB Group SpA e BAX srl.