Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, continues to shine on the SHIELD Android TV. An open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub that has successfully migrated from from the domain of HTPCs (Home theater PCs) to the Android TV platform, the folks at Kodi recently released version 16, codenamed "Jarvis," of their wildly popular app.
The fact remains that with SHIELD Android TV, NVIDIA has essentially built the best "Kodi box" available. Boasting the highest performance of all Android TVs, native 4k resolution and 23.976 support and a large storage capacity option with the Pro version of SHIELD, it also benefits from integrated support for external storage via MicroSD and USB. And since SHIELD is based on Android TV, you can easily download the latest version of Kodi from the Google Play Store rather than having to sideload updates.
Designed to help users organize and discover media like videos, photos, podcasts and music, Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” is packed with a bevy of new features. Here, we’ll dive into the features that we’re most excited about.
A new feature with Kodi 16.0 is particularly exciting to the NVIDIA SHIELD team. Long Press, as it’s called, is specifically designed to work with remotes much like the NVIDIA SHIELD remote! The award winning SHIELD remote boasts a sleek, minimalist design. This is a nice way of saying that it doesn’t have a lot of buttons.
The Long Press feature allows users to access the content menu on KODI by holding the Select button (Long Press) on SHIELD remote. Kodi even used the SHIELD remote on their video introducing Long Press.
Known as “Event Logging” this is easily one of the most important new features with Kodi 16.0. Event Logging provides users with a real-time list of many of the important changes and fixes that the Kodi has implemented as well as notices about issues with your personal Kodi installation that you, the user, can fix.
According to the folks at Kodi, with Event Logging, “when you scan in a library for the first time, the Event Logger will provide you with a list of videos that didn’t quite make it into the library, each one of which is clickable, so you can go straight to the offending video and fix it personally.”
If that’s not enough, Kodi 16.0 will also provide users with a running list of recently updated add-ons. Simply put, this means that if an update breaks, users can more easily know which update is broken and when to rollback to a previously more stable installation.
One thing that has always irked users is one legacy content is displayed in 4:3 when you’re rocking an HD screen that’s capable of displaying in 16:9. Kodi 16 now sports a feature called 4:3 Non-linear Stretch. This means that those older shows like Friends and Seinfeld won’t suffer from the kind of stretching that we experienced before.
While Kodi is great at helping users organize and discover media like videos, photos, podcasts and music, the base app is only part of the attraction. Where Kodi really shines is in the world of add-ons. Since Kodi is open source, the quality of Add-ons can vary widely and with Kodi 16 the team has greatly improved the Add-on Manager. The roll-back button has been replaced with an Update button. Choosing Update presents users with a list of available versions of the add-in in particular.
You can find Kodi add-ons in “repositories” and we highly recommend only using the add-ons in the official Kodi repository. That said there may be times when different installed repositories will have different versions of the same add-ons. Now, users can more easily choose which add-on they’re interested in launching.
Additionally, users can now more easily disable auto-update on specific add-ons by accessing the info panel.
While many people think of Kodi as a place to consume video content, the fact remains that we’ve been using it quite a bit to discover and stream music. With Kodi 16, you’ll notice some dramatic improvements to the Music Library. Where before users had to manually point Kodi to where it could find your music, Kodi 16 has the ability to automatically scan all of your music files before adding them to the Kodi music library.