Kodi has rolled-out the latest version of its media player software, dubbed Kodi 17.5.
The incremental software update includes a number of fixes and tweaks.
However, Apple users should see the biggest upgrade with Kodi 17.5, thanks to the support for Retina Displays.
Apple includes Retina Displays on a number of its best-selling products, including iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iMac.
The brand name refers to any panel with a pixel-density that means users cannot discern individual pixels from a normal viewing distance.
It makes text appear much sharper – and should make movie viewing more enjoyable.
It’s worth pointing that while there’s no equivalent brand name, the majority of high-end Windows PCs and Android phones boast high-resolution displays with a similar pixel density.
Apple desktop users running macOS High Sierra should also be able to use IR remotes again, following a fix to the Up and Down buttons.
Elsewhere, Kodi has included a number of fixes – resolving a bug that may have stopped users manually adding content to videolibrary.
Here’s the full list of the improvements in Kodi 17.5 –
- Joysticks: Fix accelerometers preventing screensaver
- More robust way of handling audio output on variety of Android devices
- Fix playback of DVD file over network on Linux
- Update to FFmpeg 3.1.11
- Fix up and down buttons on ir remotes with macOS High Sierra
- Added latest apple devices to allow retina support
- Fix not being able to add content manually to videolibrary
- Fix power message handling for CEC
- Fix jumping timeline while switching channel groups in Guide window
The latest version of Kodi is available to download from the organisation’s website.
Simply click on the platform of your choice, then select the build you need.
Users can install these build just on top of a current Kodi installation without doing a reinstall or clean-up – all add-ons or installed skins will continue to work as normal.
Kodi is a neutral media player which can be installed on a wide range of hardware, including desktop computers, servers, smartphones, HDMI streaming dongles.
The media player is capable of streaming content from the internet, a home network or local HDD storage.
Kodi is still hard at work on its next feature-packed release, dubbed Kodi Leia.
The upcoming Kodi software, version 18.0, will include support for Android TV’s voice search – integrating directly into your Kodi library.
It will be the first version of the software to have a 64-bit Windows version.
This should dramatically improve the performance of the media player on any machine with more than 4GB of RAM.