If you are wondering what has been resolved in the latest Kodi 17.5 update check out this brief summary. All bug fixes are listed here for your perusal.
Kodi has been in the firing line recently which is a real shame because it is a fantastic free tool for accessing TV Worldwide. The whole copyright infringement was kicked off by the fat cat TV companies who don't mind ripping us all off with over-priced garbage but object when we try to find a cheaper solution.
I can understand why they are worried about losing money, but at the same time they have been financially raping us and the prices of live TV are not going down any time soon. In fact, they are continually rising.
Kodi 17.5 Bug Fixes
Since this is just a release update, there is no need to completely remove and re-install Kodi on your device. A simple install will do the trick and all your existing addons will be retained.
Here is a fill list of all bug fixes and tweaks, as reported in the Express newspaper:
- Joysticks: Fix accelerometers preventing screensaver
- More robust way of handling audio output on variety of Android devices
- Fix playback of DVD file over network on Linux
- Update to FFmpeg 3.1.11
- Fix up and down buttons on ir remotes with macOS High Sierra
- Added latest apple devices to allow retina support
- Fix not being able to add content manually to videolibrary
- Fix power message handling for CEC
- Fix jumping timeline while switching channel groups in Guide window
Apple users will benefit from the retina support for displays although how much the difference will actually be is not clear yet. I personally prefer to use Kodi on Android but if you are an Apple fan then this may be of use.
Most of these bug fixes and updates don't really mean much to me but I will still install the latest 17.5 version since there may be other operational updates behind the scenes.
Kodi 18 Leia
Work is still ongoing for the next full version named Leia, after the Star Wars character played by the late Carrie Fisher. The new version will include support for the Android TV Voice search function and it will also include the first 64-bit version for Windows which should improve speeds and the overall UX.
When is the Release Date?
It's not clear when Leia will be rolled out but version 16 was released in Feb 2016 then version 17 landed in Feb 2017 so it may well be expected around Feb 2018.
Nobody really knows so until we get news it's still a guessing game. There is a Beta version of Leia which can be downloaded from the official Kodi website. Go to Development Builds tab after selecting your platform.
Kodi 18 Beta Download
The Beta version can be downloaded there but please keep in mind that it may be unstable. I tend to avoid using Beta versions due to potential security issues but if you're a tech head and can't wait for the official release, you could always install it and use it with a VPN for extra protection.
I use PureVPN on all my devices and if you click on my link you can get it for only $3.25 / month. They have over a million customers Worldwide and have servers in 141 different countries.
An Alternative to Kodi
If you haven't heard yet there is a fairly new kid on the block called Mobdro. This is another free TV app but it cannot be downloaded from the Play Store so you have to side-load it.
This basically means going to the Mobdro web site and downloading the APK file. This should then be opened and this will initiate the installation process.
It chooses the best server for live TV channels unlike Kodi which lets you choose a stream yourself. There are pros and cons for this concept but it works well.
Another alternative to Kodi is an IPTV subscription which can be used on Android devices too. These offer better quality channels (SD + HD) and my supplier starts at €14.95 / month.