After several months of development, including H.265 hardware decoding in Android, Kodi 15 “Isengard” has recently been released by the developers. It’s available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Android, and for the first time a stable release can directly be downloaded from Google Play store with so far over 400,000 active installs from the app store.
Key features and improvements of Kodi 15 include:
- Android specific changes – 4K, refresh rate switching and H.265 for hardware that support it including several Amlogic platforms, and Nvidia Shield Android TV. Android 5.0 and greater is required.
- New chapter selector window – Allows users to visually browse and select chapters from mkv videos and other containers that support chapters
- Adaptive seeking (aka Skip Steps) – The more times a user presses a button to seek in a period of time, the larger the jump forward or backward will be.
- Audio and Subtitle Lists – A full list of choices can be selected for content that includes multiple audio and subtitle choices
- Language Add-ons and Expanded International Preferences – Translations are now independent from Kodi releases, so they can be updated at any time.
- Easier search thanks to reworked Add-on Manager
There are also some other changes, including dropping some older OS versions. Android 4.2 is now required to run Kodi 15, Ubuntu 12.04 PPA has been dropped, as well as Tuxbox support, etc…
To get the latest version of Kodi, Android users can download it from Google Play, and for others operating systems, and Android users who don’t want to use Google services, simply visit Kodi’s download page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.