Kodi 16 Alpha 4 (Ex XBMC) Has Been Released

As you may know, XBMC was a famous open source media hub and home theater PC, being translated in more than 30 languages. Also, its features can be highly extended via third party plugins and extensions and has support for PVR (personal video recorder).

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Starting with XBMC 14, the open-source software has been renamed to Kodi Entertainment Center, (Kodi on short).

The latest unstable version available Kodi 16 Alpha 4, which brings the below changes:

  • Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
  • Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
  • Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
  • Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
  • Add Korean, Chinese and Chech keyboards
  • Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
  • Improve touch-screen keymapping
  • Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
  • The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
  • Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
  • Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
  • Further improve DX11 implementation in Windows
  • Various PVR fixes and improvements
  • Various improvements to the music section

Installation instructions:

Up to date packages are available via the XBMC Nightly PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya and other Ubuntu derivative systems is easy.

All you need to do is add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the needed packages:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kodi

Also, to install the encode addon, do:

$ sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*

Optional, to remove kodi, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove kodi

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