Kodi 17.0 re­leased with 10-foot in­ter­face

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Team Kodi has an­nounced the re­lease of Kodi 17.0, a.k.a. Kryp­ton. The up­dated me­dia cen­tre comes pre­loaded with a 10-foot in­ter­face and an en­hanced user ex­pe­ri­ence. Kodi 17.0 in­cludes a new de­fault skin called Es­tu­ary that has the tra­di­tional 10-foot in­ter­face. The in­ter­face en­ables the open source me­dia cen­tre to work specif­i­cally for tele­vi­sions, with bold text and spe­cial con­trols for a sim­ple hand­held re­mote con­trol.

For all touch­screen de­vices, the new Kodi re­lease in­cludes touch-en­abled Es­touchy. There is also Cho­rus 2 as the de­fault Web in­ter­face.

Apart from the re­vised in­ter­face fea­tures, Kodi 17.0 has an up­graded video en­gine that has un­der­gone a multi-phase re­write. There are also im­prove­ments to sta­bil­ity, au­dio/video syn­chro­ni­sa­tion, re­fresh rate switch­ing and de­cod­ing/en­cod­ing of video. Ad­di­tion­ally, the me­dia cen­tre comes with new in­put stream add-ons that ex­tend sup­port for stream­ing pro­to­cols such as RTMP, MPEG-DASH and SmoothStream.

Team Kodi has not just tweaked the video play­back ex­pe­ri­ence but also im­proved the au­dio out­put with per­for­mance im­prove­ments on tag scrap­ing, sup­port for mood and artist role tags, and in­creased brows­ing speed for larger li­braries. The live TV and PVR func­tion­al­ity on the Kodi build has also re­ceived var­i­ous im­prove­ments. There are now over 15 PVR add-ons and sup­port for the Dig­i­tal De­vices Oc­to­pus Net, and asyn­chro­nous con­nec­tions in the back-end.

The An­droid ver­sion of the new Kodi re­lease is stan­dards-com­pli­ant with the plat­form’s of­fi­cial au­dio API. It works with de­vices that are run­ning on at least An­droid 5.0 (Lol­lipop). The re­lease also has DTS-HD, DTS-X, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby At­mos pass through sup­port for de­vices with Au­dioTrack v23 or newer.

The Kodi soft­ware has built-in sup­port for 4K video and out­put as well as HEVC, VC-1/WMV 9 and VP9 play­back on com­pat­i­ble hard­ware. You can make all the changes within the lat­est ver­sion of Kodi from its of­fi­cial changelog page. Also, the merged pull re­quests on the open source project are avail­able from the of­fi­cial GitHub repos­i­tory.

In­ter­est­ingly, de­spite be­ing a highly ac­claimed project by the open source com­mu­nity, the lat­est Kodi is the first re­lease to reach the Win­dows Store for down­loads The soft­ware is wrapped in a UWP (Uni­ver­sal Win­dows Plat­form) to en­able easy in­stal­la­tion on Win­dows 10. It also sup­ports Win­dows 7 and 8 hard­ware.

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