Kodi formerly known as XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. Kodi 14 codename “Helix“, according to the developers is shaping up towards beta status. Kodi 14.0 Alpha 4 continues to focus on stability and user friendliness. Around 117 pull-request (code changes) have been added past month in a variety of areas, but there aren’t many additions that could be picked out as a real or notable “features” for an users.
As posted on XBMC website by Nathan Betzen, XBMC (known as XBox Media Center) will now be called Kodi Entertainment Center. XBMC software has been around for awhile and has under-gone three name changes. First name was Xbox Media Player since 2002, then followed by Xbox Media Center in 2004 before the final name XBMC in 2008. As the application had evolved over the years, the need to change the name was necessary not only to move away from the name Xbox which is more centered at the Xbox gaming platform but also for legal reasons, because the developers never had any sort of legal control over the use of its name, which has resulted in a whole slew of problems.