The Kodi development team have announced the next release of Kodi (formally XMBC) Media Center. The next release will be version 15 code named Isengard. The first alpha of the media center system has been released and available for testing.

This release drops support for the Apple TV and the minimum requirements are bumped up to iOS 5.1 or higher, OSX Lion or higher and Android 4.2 or higher. It supports the new Raspberry Pi 2 as well as Windows and Linux

There is a new adaptive seeking system for audio and video playback called “Skip Steps” that makes it easer to rewind and fast forward. By pressing the left or right keys multiple times it takes bigger steps through the content.

Here are the changes in this build which you can download from

Important changes:

  • * Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
  • * Android HEVC support for some chipsets
  • * Improve webserver caching control
  • * External subtitles over UPnP
  • * Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
  • * Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
  • * Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
  • * Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
  • * ffmpeg 2.5.4 update
  • * Remove remaining SDL code
  • * Minimal Mac OSX 10.7 Lion required
  • * Only OSX 64-bit builds provided by us, so no more 32bit builds
  • * Minimal iOS 5.1 required
  • * iOS 8.1 SDK & MacOSX 10.10 SDK
  • * Minimum Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 required
  • * Android API 17 as minimum with SDK 14 and NDK 10e
  • * Removed the need for root/SU on Android
  • * Android PIL packaging fixed
  • * Changed code to  C++11
  • * Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minors fixed
  • * General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
  • * General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features

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