The XBMC Foundation has released their first Beta version of the Kodi 15.0 media player software, a.k.a. “Isengard”.
Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.
It is available for multiple operating systems like Linux and Android (running on several hardware platforms), with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls.
This release is mainly aimed at cleaning up the code-base, but it also features some new/improved stuff like Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets and FFmpeg updates.
For Android users the need for root/SU is removed.
Here’s a list of the improvements so far:
- Reworked add-on manger that should give a better overview
- Chapter selection window that shows thumbs on where to skip to in the video
- Easier to navigate audio and subtitle selection list
- Addition of language add-ons which allow us to update the User-Interface text outside of regular releases
- Expansion of international options like time and date format, temperature and speed units.
- Skip steps (step forward & backwards) improvements.
- Tuxbox removal. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on
- Split PVR add-ons into separate projects which should allow updates through repo in the future
- Fix season art scraping on newly added seasons
- Immediately fetch updates from repository after Kodi version upgrade
- Improvement of installing new skins selection
- Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0
- Add jump to first unwatched in TV section
- Remove certain codecs from our core code and made add-ons out of them. Audio encoders/decoders
- Removal of AFP filesystem support
- Windows DXVA HEVC hardware decoding support if driver and hardware support exist
- Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
- Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets
- Improve webserver caching control
- External subtitles over UPnP can be enabled through the settings section
- Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
- Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
- Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
- Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
- ffmpeg 2.6.2 update
- Removal remaining SDL code which was used in some areas.
- Changed code to C++11
- Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues fixed
- Rescrape season art for newly added seasons
- Upgrade included webserver which should fix issues with remotes loosing connections
- On Android the system now handles the volume
- General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
- General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features
You can download Kodi 15.0 Isengard Beta 1 here.