+ Friday March 22nd, 2019

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Fans of the open-source media player software XBMC, now known as Kodi can get excited today as the XBMC Foundation releases their Kodi app to Google Play with full unfettered access – no pesky Beta invites required.

After a fairly brief beta period – it went up in April – the Kodi app for Android is now available for Android devices, including Android TV consoles such as the Nexus Player, ADT-1 and Shield Console, with the Nvidia powered Shield Console getting a special 4K playback @ 60Hz as an extra bonus.

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Like Android TV, Kodi is built to use the 10-foot ‘leanback’ experience to ensure that the usability of the interface is optimised for use on big-screen TVs. There has been a lot of hype for this launch and the availability on Google Play sans Beta group membership is a bonus.

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This release isn’t a full release with Kodi still referring to it as ‘Beta 2’ code-named ‘Isengard’ and if you’re into the nuts and bolts of the release there’s a full list of improvements from Beta 1 on the Kodi site.

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Suffice to say, if you want to grab Kodi for your Android or Android TV device, head over to Google Play and select the install button now.

Source: Google Play.
Via: Android Police.
Thanks: +Duncan.

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kodi app v17.6 version are good or not used on tv.


Does it have Chromecast support yet?

Greg McPherson
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I’ll put it on this GPad tonight.

Brett Jack Flintoff
Brett Jack Flintoff

Just reminded me I have a G-Pad – can’t wait to update it and get this app. What Android version is G-Pad up to now?

Greg McPherson
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My V500 GPad8.3 is on 4.4.2.
I know that a Korean 5.0.2 has been out for a while. I have been tempted to flash with it as people say it works fine in English, but I just want the neat OTA version. It shouldn’t be long now (I keep saying to myself).

Brett Jack Flintoff
Brett Jack Flintoff

Can’t be too much longer – I did a quick Google search and it sounds like it may be rolling out slowly on Verizon. I hate that “shouldn’t be too long now” … I did that with my Xperia Z2 and that seemed to just go on and on and on … lol

Benjamin Dobell
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Psst, typo in the title 😉 It’s (or rather was) XBMC i.e. Xbox Media Centre. Although I see you wrote it correctly in the article.

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