How To Setup SPMC On Android – The Essential Guide

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SPMC XBMC Android

SPMC is an exciting development in the world of Android for Kodi, having recently been unleashed onto the world. An unofficial fork of the Kodi project, SPMC provides a number of fixes and features for specific Android chipsets and devices, offering improved performance over the official Android Kodi release.

Our guide will answer the important SPMC vs Kodi question, show you how to set up SPMC for your Android device and correctly configure it to get the perfect Android Kodi experience.

 So What Is SPMC? How Is It Related To Kodi?

SPMC is “an unofficial spinoff of the official Kodi app

Semper Media Center, officially known as SPMC for short, is an “an unofficial spinoff of the official Kodi app” by Team Kodi Developer Chris Browet. Whilst it is based on the same code as the official Kodi software, SPMC incorporates a number of fixes and improvements for specific Android devices and chipsets that were deemed too specific to be incorporated into the main code base.

Thus, SPMC and Kodi are incredibly closely related – even sharing a developer. Regardless of which version of Kodi you use, either SPMC or Kodi, you will get the same fantastic experience.

So What Features Does SPMC Have Over Kodi?

SPMC incorporates specific Android fixes and improvements too specific for the main code base

SPMC brings all Kodi features and provides some additional Android-specific fixes. Some of the changes include:

  • Registration as an Android launcher
  • AC3/DTS passthrough
  • Better H/W acceleration via private API
  • OUYA specifics
  • Enhancements for Amlogic and Rockchip devices

Installing SPMC On Your Android Device

SPMC-Download-Website

SPMC can easily be downloaded and installed onto your Android device in several ways. Visiting spmc.semperpax.com offers download links to the APK (Android Package File), Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

SPMC APK

Download the SPMC APK file and copy to your device if you downloaded it on your computer. Select the APK and follow the prompts to install it. You may need to enable installation from external sources in order to complete the SPMC installation.

Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Simply search for SPMC and select Install. If you are downloading it via the Amazon Appstore, you may need to enable installation from external sources, as needed for the APK installation.

First Booting of SPMC

XMBC-Confluence

Open the SPMC app via your launcher to boot SPMC. After a brief initial setup process, you will see the familiar Confluence Kodi screen.

Setting Up Media Sources in SPMC

Adding a Video source

Connecting a video source is easy:

  1. Navigate to “Videos>Files>Add Videos…”
  2. Select Browse to see a list of possible locations
    • For local video sources (For example, videos on your device or SD card), select “Android videos” or “External Storage” respectively
    • Remote locations can also be added (For example, videos stored on a NAS). For network sources, you may need to type the path to your source (i.e. smb://[Your-Server]/[Your-Video-Path]/, where [Your-Server] is your server name or IP address and [Your-Video-Path] is
      the path to your videos)
  3. Specify what’s in that folder, such as movies or TV shows. Kodi will scrape the media accordingly, downloading information such as release date and fanart.

Adding a Music source

Adding a music source is basically the same as for video:

  1. Navigate to “Music>Files>Add Music…”
  2. Choose your Local and Remote music sources as above

Enable Airplay

XBMC-Airplay-Settings

Airplay support can be enabled via “System>Services>AirPlay” and enable “Allow Kodi to receive AirPlay content”

Bringing SPMC to a TV

Connecting your Android device to your TV depends on whether your device offers HDMI out. Many new devices have this feature via a MHL port. With a MHL cable, you can connect a standard HDMI cable from your phone’s MHL port to the HDMI port on your TV. This means you will have high definition video and audio on your TV straight from your phone.

Controlling Your Device Remotely

XBMC Remote Control Settings

As SPMC is based on the same code base as XMBC, all Kodi remote apps should be compatible. To enable remote support, go to “System>Services>Remote control” and ensure that “Allow programs on other systems to control Kodi” is enabled.

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For those with an Android device, we recommend Yatse. Not only is it a stunning application, it works perfectly and has a heap of powerful features such as voice commands and widget support.

  • Download Yatse from the store here. Please support the developer and buy the Unlocker inside the app to unlock more features.
  • For you iOS users, you can download the Official Kodi Remote app from here 

We’ll be releasing a more detailed Kodi guide in the coming weeks with plenty of images to guide you through the standard Kodi setup process in more detail.

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Photo Credit: SPMC Homepage

  • Henry

    Big thanks for this, very helpful! I’ll definitely give this a go, didn’t know about this version of Kodi

    • Thanks for the feedback Henry. With Koying leaving Team Kodi, this may become the standard for Kodi on Android devices.

  • Rabbit Armitage

    looking forward to further how-tos etc……setting up my SPM now on my shield having been testing it side by side with that other one on an android box.SPMC seems to perform so much better :-)

    • I’ve got a few more guides planned. Stay tuned!

      SPMC will typically perform better as Koying (SPMC Dev) has plenty of Android experience and develops on the Shield.