In a previous article we discussed the process and the steps necessary to release a new version of Kodi (formerly XBMC). As we discussed, one of the final steps in the process is releasing a Release Candidate for use on your Kodi Element Android TV Box. This version has been through the “nightly builds” that allow developers to work through most of the bugs found on the media center. The Release Candidate is the last step before the Final Candidate is released. Here we will
discuss more of the updates included in this release.
Better Quality Video in Less Storage Space
The Kodi 14.0 Helix has been updated to use FFmpeg 2.4.3. What this means for non-developers is that Kodi will now be able to play back h.265 (HEVC) and VP9 video codecs. This could mean smaller video file sizes with the same level of quality. The file size for these videos could be cut in half. This could be
particularly beneficial for users with large libraries.
Improvements to Library
The Kodi Library is improving on both sides, coming in and going out. Library scanning is receiving a huge speed boost on the input side which will make the initial scan much quicker for your Android TV Box. As for output, developers are continuing to work on UPnP. The Kodi media center is much more compatible with servers like MediaBrowser and Playon, also the communication between servers and clients on UPnP systems continues to get better. This will make the system easier to use and add support for categories like date added, ratings,
votes, and artwork.
More Control for Kodi Users
One of the great changes happening on the new Kodi system is that you can now stop add-on update notifications, prevent add-ons from updating without a forced update, or you may choose to continue with the current method of updating add-ons. It is very simple to change as well. Simply visit the Add-ons folder in System Settings, if you are using Confluence, click left with your remote or keyboard to open the side panel where you will see all of the options available.
Additionally, since the start of Kodi (XBMC) the virtual keyboard has always been set to the standard QWERTY style. Now you can change the layout to any of the large number of other language options. To change this, visit the International section of the Appearance folder in System Settings and select Keyboard layouts. This will also allow English speaking users in other countries like Australia or New Zealand, you may select a version of English that suits your spelling style.
For Android, hardware playback improvements are continuing. This includes more variety and a better amount of support for all kinds of chipsets. It also includes improved fast forward and rewind capabilities, and 4K support for the AMlogic S802 chipset. Also, for tablet users Kodi has now replaced the aging Touched skin with an improved Re-Touched skin to fully
take advantage of the new Kodi features.
As the new Release and Final Candidates continue to be made available we at Kodi Element will always keep you up to date and aware of the new features and benefits. We are committed to giving you the best quality viewing experience at the best price and of course, we will always be there with customer support to help with questions about your Kodi Element Android TV Box.