Kodi 16.0 Jarvis – Beta 1 now available


Three weeks ago the Kodi team released the final version of Kodi 15.2 Isengard. Currently available is a  Kodi 16.0 Jarvis 16.0 Beta 1 version. What features have been added and removed, the list below.

kodi 16.0 beta 1Newly added features:

  • DirectX 11 upgrade
  • 4:3 Non-linear Stretch
  • Event logging
  • Split up skin settings
  • Image resource add-ons
  • Long press feature to remote controls
  • Android Surface Rendering
  • Removal of libstagefright
  • Add-on manager changes
    – Roll-back button on add-on info panel has been replaced by Update
    – The Update button now opens a list of available versions of the add-on. Should you have several repositories installed that offer different version of this add-on you can now choose which to install.
    – You can now disable auto-update per add-on through the info panel individual from others.
  • Remowe karaoke feature

Other Important Changes:

  • Start of integration of ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing) handling (no add-ons shipped yet)
  • Improve image resizing and caching algorithm to improve image quality of images
  • Added support for the musicbrainz “ARTISTS” tag in id3v2, ape, xiph.
  • Add date added to music library and use it for sorting
  • Support saving skin settings as add-on data instead of in guisettings.xml
  • Image resource add-ons which provides common image libraries than can be used by several skins and add-ons.
  • Don’t mess with the long and short date formats defined in the language files
  • Win32: Proper 24.0/60.0 Hz refresh rate in fake fullscreen mode
  • Add sort method for albums “artist / year”. This will sort the albums chronological per artist.
  • Moved some add-on categories to “look and feel” in add-on manager
  • Series recording added for PVR
  • Add a “none” option for preferred subtitles
  • Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
  • Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
  • Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
  • Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
  • Add Korean, Chinese and Chech keyboards
  • Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
  • Improve touch-screen keymapping
  • Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
  • The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
  • Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
  • Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
  • Further improve DX11 implementation in Windows
  • iOS9 support
  • Various PVR fixes and improvements
  • Various improvements to the music section
  • Three finger touchpad mapping in iOS to make room for new tablet gestures which will be available in Alpha 4 to complement existing tablet gestures.
  • Kodi now supports being compiled with Xcode 7
  • The Kodi GUI now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for users of Kodi on 3D TVs or VR headsets
  • The Music Library and Files View for music have now been unified, similar to how video files and library are unified
  • Extended support for browsing movies by country and through UPnP as well as user-ratings which we be added in future versions.

You can download Kodi 16.0 Jarvis Beta 1 from the Official Kodi 16.0 alpha and development downloads.


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