Kodi 16.0 beta 1 released with DirectX 11 upgrade

Kodi 16.0 beta 1 Jarvis was recently released, three weeks after v15.2 was announced. Kodi 16.0 beta 1 comes with lot’s of code clean-up and improved stability, with a dash of features added here and there. As we know, Kodi is an award-winning free media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android.

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Kodi 16.0 beta 1 features

  • Upgraded DirectX 9 to DirectX 11
  • Kodi finally supports stretching 4:3 content to 16:9 in a way that doesn’t warp the content that’s occurring in the center of the screen
  • Have you ever added your folder of movies to Kodi and then discovered, sometimes weeks later, that a movie never made it in? Event logging solution for issues like that is finally starting to take shape
  • One long awaited change is splitting up skin settings from the core Kodi settings. You can now easily remove Kodi settings and keep the skins settings intact
  • Android Surface Rendering
  • Removal of libstagefright
  • Several changes on add-on manager, where done in the overall handling of each add-on
  • Karaoke feature had been removed from Kodi for good
  • 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
  • See release note for full details
  • Install Official Kodi 16.0 beta 1 on Ubuntu OS

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
    
    sudo apt-get update
    
    sudo apt-get install kodi
     
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