Kodi, one of the most popular multimedia aggregator platforms, has received a major update. The Kodi v19 codenamed ‘Matrix’ stable release is out for download and installation to the general public.
Kodi v19 Matrix signifies a major transition for the multimedia platform. The company behind Kodi has shifted from Python 2 to Python 3. Needless to add, this can pose some challenges for users who install a lot of add-ons.
Kodi v19 “Matrix” Final Stable Version based on Python 3:
The latest version of the popular multimedia platform Kodi is out of beta and available to the general public. The new version is available on the official project website for all supported operating systems.
Developed by XBMC Foundation, Kodi is an entertainment application for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms. It has a famous 10-foot user interface that works best with televisions and remote controls.
Kodi v19 is out! Keep in mind, we have updated everything to Python 3, so make sure any addons you use have been updated, or they will be marked as incompatible on upgrade.
— Kodi (@KodiTV) February 20, 2021
Kodi v19 Matrix is now available for Windows 10, macOS, tvOS, Linux, and other desktop systems, mobile devices, and Raspberry Pi. The software is preferred for managing all entertainment needs, music, movies, TV, photos Internet radio, and more. There are dozens of customization options and an extensive addons system to add features.
According to the information published on the official website, developers have added, changed, or removed “some 600,000 lines of code” since the release of Kodi 18. One of the primary reasons for the extensive changes is because XBMC Foundation has moved on to Python 3 development language.
Python 2 reached the end of support recently, and hence Kodi developers essentially reworked the entire platform using the new version of Python. However, this means some addons might not work.
Kodi “Matrix” Final Stable Version features and benefits:
Kodi has long been on version 18. There have been several incremental updates before. Needless to add, the changelog for Kodi v19 Matrix is quite big.
— CNX Software (@cnxsoft) February 20, 2021
Here is a quick list of important changes that stand out:
- Video playback: AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, and more OpenGL bicubic scalers
- Audio playback: improved metadata handling, library improvements.
- Games: integer scaling implemented to improve pixel-art games. Kodi on iOS gets supported for Xbox, Playstation, and other Bluetooth game controllers.
- Theme: music screen redesign, image file improvements, updated graphical user interface controls.
- Subtitles: option to set the opacity for captions, fixed timestamp overlay.
- PVR and Live TV: PVR reminders, home screen widgets, channel number and sorting, performance improvements, and more.
- Security: improved add-on installation to avoid “third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons”. Broken and deprecated add-ons are now highlighted and the new default requirement to password protect Kodi’s web interface.
- Platform-specific: Support for tvOS and single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (Wayland, X11, and GMB) instead of the previous three binaries.