Even though the team at Kodi are still working on V18 Leia, they have now shipped Kodi 17.4 for download but it’s only been released for bug fixes.
If you are looking for obvious improvements or a newer, snappier interface you will have to wait a bit longer I’m afraid.
It’s always good to get a new release but Kodi 17.4 is only for bug fixes. Full details of these updates are shown below.
Kodi 17.4 Bug Fixes
Here you can find a full list of all Kodi bug fixes in this latest version. If you want to enjoy the latest improvements you should download and install from either of these locations.
- Potentially fix crashing on Windows due to an issue in Python
- Potentially fix crashing on Windows when enabling zeroconf
- Fix sporadic crash on Windows when installing or updating add-ons
- Fix issue for users with reverse proxies attempting to forward websockets.
- Fix possible issue if Linux distro uses system ffmpeg and cause black screen with 10-bit H.265
- Properly throttle scraping music information online to prevent overloading the provider
- Fix native keyboard on iOS 11
- Fix potential crash on Android O loading App icons
- Fix non showing Kodi banner on Android O
- Fix potential crash on Android with certain keymaps
- Fix wrong detection of VP6 and VP8 videocodec on Android
- Update FFmpeg to 3.1.9
- Set hard requirement to use FFmpeg 3.1.x only
- Fix for Hangup when viewing recording and pressing next/previous
- Fix merged scraped album type and label correctly with that derived from tags from music files
- Fix possible crash on Linux when using ALSA
- Save skin settings immediatly after they have changed instead of only on shutdown
Are there any new features?
Kodi updates never include new features. These are only added when a new version of Kodi is released so we will need to wait until V18 is published.
Using Kodi 17.4
The interface is exactly the same as previous versions of Krypton V17. A lot of people are still trying to come to grips with V17 since it was a complete change from the old interface on earlier versions.
I made a couple of videos showing how to manually install an add-on and how to use Kodi once it is installed. I’m planning to make more videos soon which will also explain how to add a custom Kodi Build.
In the meantime, if you want information on adding a Kodi Build you can check out Option #3 on my other article.
Is it Safe to Use Kodi?
It’s safe to use it if you don’t access content that has copyright protection. In the UK your ISP can now block anyone who tries to access illegal streams.
They are also obliged to let the authorities know who is trying to access these streams or add-ons. This is now officially the Law.
In the USA your browsing history is available to anyone through your ISP who is willing to pay for it.
The safest way to use Kodi is with a VPN. More and more people are doing this and you can download the VPN App from the Play Store.
Where to Download Kodi?
If you go to the Kodi website you can choose which platform to download and install Kodi. Choose from Android, Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi and iOS.
If you have any issues trying to update Kodi you could try removing the old version first before downloading from the Play Store.
If you are using Kodi on an Android TV box, go to Settings > Apps and remove (uninstall) it from there before downloading the new version.
Note: When you install Kodi you only get the basic software with no content. This is how they manage to stay legal.
Some authorities are trying to get Kodi banned altogether which will never happen in my opinion. It’s a bit like trying to get computers banned because they can access illegal content.
Kodi V.18 Leia Almost Ready
The title says it all. Very soon we will have V18 which has been named after the late Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in Star Wars.
Version 18 will be the first one to support 64-bit for Windows and this will mean a faster and snappier interface which will really improve the UX.
It’s not clear exactly when we can expect to get Version 18 but there is already a Beta version which can be tested.
If you are worried about using Kodi you can check out Mobdro which is another free TV app. However, it’s not available to download from the Play Store and can only be side-loaded.
Mobdro is a bit different to Kodi and you don’t get to choose which stream you want. It automatically selects the best stream for you.
Another alternative is a paid IPTV subscription which will give you access to Premium Channels with no buffering.
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