Software Update: Kodi 16.0 RC 1

Jan

22

2016

After five beta releases as promised released the first release candidate of version 16.0 Kodi. This cross-platform media center software is developed for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. In version 16.0 is made include switching from DirectX 9 to 11, there is support for 4: 3 Non-linear Stretch added so that old television series are well displayed and settings of the appearance of Kodi now stored separately and no longer along with the other system settings. Furthermore, now also features remote controls are awarded when a button is pressed and held, and there are enhancements to the add-on manager installed. The release notes for this release can be found below.

Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” – Release Candidate 1

The time has come to bring you all Release Candidate 1 for Kodi v16. It overtook a bit longer than we anticipated due to some problems along the way though They should be under control now. This release Consists of some nice features but more Importantly the effort continues on making the under lying code more mature and future-proof shouldering-which resulted in a more stable Kodi in general.

Some of you commented on several at occasion That shouldering we first fix the “known problems” in our previous versions before jumping to the next one. The fact Is that fixing Those problems correctly is Such an undertaking That we simply can not keep working on the previous one. Our team vision is to keep moving forward and along the way release version for users to use and enjoy That Are Considered stable enough. We do not force people to upgrade so if you like Kodi an older version for some reason just keep using it. This vision is known as Release Early Release Often (RERO) on-which we’ll make a more in depth review soon.

With That said lets focus on some things thathave been changed and added-which are noticeable for the end users.

What did change in Kodi 16:

Implement the more future proof DirectX11 for Windows-which still works for DirectX 9 video cards;
Event logging-which among others-which shows video files dont got added to your library;
Skin settings are now stored as separate files like any other add-on migrating settings-which makes a lot Easier;
Image resource add-us-which providence a single point of entry for skins to share common used images like movie studios and record labels icons-which saves quite a lot of space and bandwidth;
Audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) add-on integration and are already included-which could make things possible like equalizers, sound processing, fake surround and more
PVR / DVR section HAS BEEN extended and improved massively-which now handles ook series recording
Music library improvements-which includes asking to scan to library When adding locations, and ook better tag scanning
Button long-press-which extends the functionality of a single button to handle two functions-which is great for deprived button remotes
User interface now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for 3D TVs or VR headsets
Extend the UPnP server / client integration between Kodi installations
Android now support a Surface Rendering-which keeps the interface at normal HD or 4K resolution while Allows playback on supported devices
Removal of the infamous libstagefright on Android-which served us for the past year while the Android platform to a fully matured fetaured Media Codec
Add-on manager underwent heavy changes-which includes slightly different structure, per add-on auto update on / off switch, better update / rollback support to choose from repos,
Extend the included keyboard layouts-which includes Korean and Chinese
Improved multi-touch support ook-which now works on Linux
Skin gives developers a more reliable platform to work from and reduce amount of work for adapting to new versions Kodi
Greatly improved audio and video playback in general

With the above list we only highlighted some of the more noticeable features. The complete list is huge-which could fill several pages. A lot of changes went in Kodi 16 like removing old code, splitting up parts in more logical chunks and making it all more resilient to future changes. All These changes are part of a massive change ruse That only makes sense to developers actually knowing what the source code does. In short, we will not bother you with summing up that list. It’s just something that’s worth mentioning That not all improvements have to be actual features and are visible to users. That we prefer the program actually works than adding new bells and whistles. Most of the times new features are just a side effect of cleaning up our code.

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