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Kodi 17.0 released with 10-foot interface


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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