Armada, makers of the Mach 8 Android 4Kare set to release the new Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux. The box will feature a quad core processor, and ship with a customized XBMC skin running Gotham 13.2. While the quad core power is a major hit with this box the skin is what may set the product apart in the marketplace. The developers have put a great deal of thought in to ease of use. We have been able to beta test the unit and have found some snazzy features. Find out all about the new box in the Streaming Advisor’s Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux Review.
The Armada Mach 8 OTA Updates
The new Armada Mach 8 will feature simple over the air updates with the push of a button. The Armada Update Service is located under ADD-ONS and programs. In our tests this service worked beautifully. So save those toothpicks for when you get something caught in your teeth.
Easier to install apps than ever
One of XBMC’s most popular features is its ability to utilize numerous video and audio apps. The challenge of the platform has been how to find the ones you want. In the past this involved adding content sources, changing the entire structure of the skin and more. Enter Cloudword and the Total Installer.
Cloudword is one of the most user friendly features on the Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux. Users who access Cloudword,
located under ADD-ONS can add popular XBMC apps like CNET and others by just asking for them by name. Armada includes a list of Cloudwords with the box and there are more available online. Users can install all of the most popular packages of apps for their country and region by typing in one word or install a favorite like CNET individually. Cloudword will also download the repository for the given app.
Total Installer Virtual app Store for XBMC
There is no such thing as an XBMC app store on any XBMC build but this system comes close. The Total Installer functions very much like an app store. It provides shortcuts to download popular XBMC apps by allowing users to search for apps by name, repository and author along genres lists like sports, News etc. There is no longer a need to look up repositories via the XBMC Wiki or troll for YouTube videos about your favorite apps.
If a new apps source pops up that is not available through either of the Mach 8’s easy add-on options users will still have the option to add apps through the tried and true URL source via the file manager listed under System. But do note that if you install a different custom build of XBMC you will lose the Cloudword and Total installer features. The XBMC.org repository is still included also.
Paired down menu interface different but familiar
The Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux interface is simple to use and explore. It is designed to be compact so that each of its main menu categories can be displayed without any extra scrolling over. To accomplish this, certain features were placed into sub menus. For instance Weather, which is typically its own section of a standard confluence build is listed under ADD-ONS. The categories include Streaming, Videos, Music, Pictures Add-ons and System. It is elegant and easy to explore and may well help new adopters of the platform.
User guide included
The Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux ships with a helpful user guide that walks new users though the basics of setup, the cloud word installer and more. Armed with the guide a new user should be able to confidently launch the device and not
get lost in the weeds. But if they do there is help in the form of our next category.
There is a reason why GPS’s have become so popular. Because when it comes to directions people would rather someone just tell them how to do it or better yet show them how to do it first. The Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux does just that. The most basic and yet all important features of how to use the box are covered in the Help section of Armada TX Box Guides. The guides show new users how to set up new network connections, how to use the innovative Cloudword and how to use the devices app store the Total Installer and Cloudword in a matter of seconds.
Quad core power, Linux Stability
As the heading implies, this box is fast. The system has al four cores enable to provide maximum speed and performance as well as the very stable performance from the Linux operating system. New apps are downloaded and enabled from the Total Installer.
Want an Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux
If you are looking to add this Linux powered XBMC box to your home Theater it can be purchased at Theater In a Box by clicking HERE
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