It’s been nearly two years since the release of Kodi 17 “Krypton”, and it took a little longer than initially expected for Kodi 18 to become stable enough for an official since there have been so many changes including half a million lines of code added by 36 open source developers, close to 10,000 commits for almost 9,000 changed files.
Some of the improvements in Kodi 18 include:
- Retroplayer gaming with support for gaming emulators, ROMs and game controls.
- Digital Rights Management (DRM) decryption support to play subscription content
- Improved Music Library with better filtering, faster API access, and more
- Live TV improvements including support for new back-ends like Zattoo, Teleboy, and Sledovanitv.cz, as well as enhanced EPG and PVR support among other things.
- Binary addon support and the binary addon repository. The binary repository is currently available for Android, OSX, and Windows; Linux users will still have to use the PPA, while iOS and UWP will continue to include the binary add-ons in the installer because of platform limitations.
- Android Leanback and voice control with Kodi now being able to show its library contents on the main Android TV interface with full voice functionality.
- Playback improvements (audio and video) for Blu-ray, 4K, 8K, and HDR content, as well as various audio improvements with ALSA, PulseAudio, OSS, Pi Audio, DirectSound, WASAPI, Darwin, SndIO audio systems now supported
- “Estuary” skin modifications and changes to the GUI/skinning engine
- Revised codebase and build guides – The build guides are kept up-to-date against the current code base
- Platform Specifics changes:
- Android gets API bumps, speech-to-text, SD card support, etc…
- BSD gets all-around improved support, especially on the video (VAAPI/VDPAU) side
- Linux gets DRM, Mir/Wayland support, numerous video improvements, and build system changes
- iOS gets support for iOS 10, improved VDADecoder support, and general improvements on both TVOS and arm64 IOS
- Windows gets 64-bit binaries, along with improved UWP compilation, enhancements to image rendering, and various other platform-specific improvements
You’ll get the detailed list of modifications made to Kodi 18 in the changelog.
You can download or/and install the latest version via the Download page. I could install Kodi 18 in Ubuntu 18.04 easily with a few commands in a terminal window:
sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kodi