The final version of Kodi 16 “Jatvis” have just been made available to download, Kodi 17 Krypton alpha 2 has just been released with a plethora of changes, including two new touch-enabled skins, theming, and much more to customize and trick your Kodi media player.
This brand new alpha version of the extremely popular Kodi software available now, which it got pretty big shoes to fill due to the codename that those in change of the software have chosen. The availability of Kodi v17.0 alpha 2 comes with an accompanying announcement that the 17th iteration of the platform, will be called after “the home planet of one of the most powerful superhorses the world has ever seen”. The Kodi 17 “Krypton” release is still far away into the future, though.
Welcome to Kodi v17.0 “Krypton“, with new default touch-enabled interface skins, a dramatically improved video player experience, and live streams made far “easier and better“.
The second Alpha of Kodi version 17 of the platform has been following on from the initial alpha release earlier this year, has been packed with a number of extremely notable changes and feature greatest improvements that look to dramatically improve the overall end-user Kodi experience on whatever device the software is being executed from. Speaking of devices support, it is important to note that on the Android front, Kodi v17.0 is now only compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.
This damn version of Kodi has involved input from 39 different developers globally, resulting in 1179 pull-requests and a huge 3735 code commits leading up to where we are now. Such statistics really show up the number of changes that have been made to the core Kodi codebase.
The changes that have been made Krypton one of the literally impressive Kodi updates to date. Firstly, there is the iconic Confluence skin that has been in place on the platform since 2009, but has been upgraded in this release. It also sees the new touch-enabled Estuary and Estouchy skins come into the iteration, which are essentially two new stock skins built entirely from the ground up for this release.
Looking at those new skins will undeniably provide users with a set of new smart playlists to show content that is likely to be of interest to users:
The home screen has been revamped and now utilizes a smartplaylists implementation to automatically show you what probably interests you the most. We suggest you just give it a try and see for yourself. If you still prefer Confluence skin then you don’t need to worry as it’s still available from the official Kodi repository.
Other than the interface changes, the developers behind the new alpha 2 have added a host of new themes and color variations that allow users to further tweak and transform Kodi’s appearance.
Thsoe 39 contributing developers have also decided to take an in-depth approach to the video player with Kodi. Honestly to say, is one of the most important aspects of the experience. The majority of the Kodi video player code has been refactored to ensure that it’s no longer interwoven with rest of components in the platform.
Changes that allow for a much more flexible and versatile experience that let multiple instances of video player to be switched on. Any regular Kodi user will definitely understand that there’s legitimately far too much in version 17 to cover. As such, these new features/functions and API changes is a placeholder containing changes to the current Kodi mainline. It is a very much a work in progress, only listing changes committed to the master branch after Jatvis branching, and many more functionalities alongside API additions or removals are subjected to future changes.
However, the developers have stated what they deem to be the most “mention worthy changes” and can be seen in the image below.
For you to learn more, we have provided you the complete list of changes to check out and what it means at the source below. If you wish to give Kodi v17.0 alpha 2 a try on your Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or Apple TV device, you can download it straight from kodi.tv/download section.
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