This IPTV Wire news report covers the release of Kodi 20 Nexus.
Kodi 20 Nexus has been officially updated by the development team at Kodi and is now the stable version of this application. The last version of “Matrix” appears to be Kodi 19.5.
In this article, we will provide you with all of the important release details including how to install Kodi 20 Nexus on your favorite device.
Kodi is one of the most popular streaming apps and media centers used by millions from around the world.
This app is most commonly installed on the Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Android, Windows, Linux, and even iOS.
The press release from Kodi’s website states the following on the official release of Kodi 20 Nexus:
“It’s Time! We are pleased to present the latest release of Kodi, v20 “Nexus”.
With over 4,600 commits since v19 “Matrix” was released on February 19th, 2021, this has been a huge effort. Thanks go out to our team members, and everyone in our community who sent a pull request, tested and gave feedback, or provided support to users on the forum. We appreciate your contribution to making Kodi better.”
We will be testing everything in the coming weeks and we suggest you bookmark our website for our results and suggestions.
Update: Our reviews team has been testing several add-ons and you can find our results below.
If you are currently using any version of Kodi 19 Matrix and it’s working well for you, we suggest waiting for our test results before updating Kodi.
Kodi 20 does bring several new features to this popular software. The developers have done a fantastic job troubleshooting a large number of bugs in a short period of time.
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Below you will find the release notes for the official release of Kodi 20 Nexus. These were directly pulled from the official Kodi website.
Kodi 20 Nexus – Features & Details
The “stable release” of Kodi 20 Nexus was posted on January 15, 2023.
Multiple Instances of Binary Add-ons
This allows Kodi to load multiple instances of a binary add-on. For example TVHeadend users can now run more than one instance of the add-on to connect to multiple back-end TVHeadend servers, with individual settings like channel groups and hidden channels maintained per add-on instance.
Your favorite binary add-on may not support this capability yet, but we hope add-on developers introduce this into their projects soon.
AV1 Video Support
Several Kodi platforms now allow hardware decoding of AV1 media.
The Inputstream API has been updated to support AV1 and this allows add-ons using
inputsream.adaptive to play AV1 streams.
Massive rework of the subtitle system was undertaken to make subtitle formats more consistent for development and maintenance, and enable features that were previously not possible.
Kodi now supports dynamic positioning of fonts, changing of border and background colors, subtitle positioning, improved multi-language support, and more.
If you are a regular user of subtitles, jump on in and check it all out.
Game (libretro) Savestate Support
The GSOC 2020 project received some polishing touches before finally being merged.
This feature allows you to save the game state at any time, even if games do not provide native savestate features themselves.
Great for gamers, and times when you aren’t watching Videos with Kodi 😉
Windows HDR Support
Full HDR support for the Windows Desktop platform has been implemented along with many improvements throughout the Windows (DXVA/2) video pipeline.
HDR is not available on non-Desktop, i.e. UWP Store (Xbox) versions.
Improvements to allow more accurate ACES Filmic and HABLE tone mapping make even SDR video look better, and these capabilities are implemented for both UWP and Desktop versions of Kodi.
Changes to allow NFSv4 support was implemented as previously we only supported NFSv3.
There are some caveats with this (you must explicitly select either NFSv4 or NFSv3 for a source). Give it a try!
Context Menu Consistency
Improvements to right-click/long-press context menu handling were made in numerous areas.
This makes the function of the context menu much more consistent over different windows and enabled some new capabilities like the playback of albums directly from widgets, series resume, etc. to be added.
Behind The Scenes
The majority of changes are “under the hood” and invisible to users but improve the stability, performance, and safety of Kodi.
API changes have been made to evolve Python and Binary add-ons and bring new skinning features.
There are updates to Kodi dependencies on most if not all Kodi platforms. Fixes from regular use of code static-analysis tools. Database migration fixes for a smoother update … and lots more.
Time does not stand still. Branches are forked and development on Kodi v21 (codename: “Omega”) is already underway.
Thank you again for your continued support as we continue to make Kodi great!
Previous RC 2 Release
The “RC 2” release of Kodi 20 Nexus was posted on December 20, 2022.
- A couple of fixes have gone in to resolve database migration issues from v19.
- The first of these is the EPG database migration. This fixes the problem with the EPG loading and then disappearing.
- A second DB migration issue that only occurred on the Microsoft UWP platform (Xbox and UWP desktop) has been fixed. This was an odd one, as the code that dealt with the failure was old code (6+ years). It was traced to an odd race condition that only manifested on the UWP platforms, however, the root cause potentially could happen on any other platform.
- A fix for playlist detection for both Audio and Video was made
- We fixed an issue for DRMPrime on Linux. This allows hardware formats like Broadcom 8-bit (SAND128) and 10-bit (P030) can now be correctly rendered with the latest Mesa.
- A fix to allow Kodi to execute on macOS 10.13 has been made. We would still strongly suggest users use a newer version (10.14+), however this allows users still on 10.13 to run Kodi.
- A regression for macOS reading actual disks was resolved. As part of this, the libcdio driver was also fixed to enable disk usage on Apple Silicon native builds.
- A fix to a crash that only occurred on Windows Debug builds has been resolved. This didn’t affect users of the actual RC1 release, but Windows devs who would attempt to execute Kodi as a Debug build were quickly halted.
- An issue around multiple resume dialogs has been fixed
- Another Teletext issue has been resolved. This will help increase the reliability and safety of Kodi.
Previous Alpha 2 Update
The “Alpha 2” update of Kodi 20 Nexus was released on July 10, 2022.
- Fix a stutter when the Kodi Android app was opened, closed, and opened again. One of our team members noticed an issue with a recent PR that caused media stuttering to occur only after the app was opened and closed and reopened again without a force close. We have come up with a fix, so hopefully, playback should be a better experience over Alpha 1.
- Another TrueHD fix – buffers reduced to a specific level to optimize data throughput
- More local app icons should render fully in Kodi
- Fix a packaging error for binary python modules (pycryptodome)
- Fixes some specific H.265 video crashes
- Android and Apple systems have had their Python version bumped to 3.9.13 in accordance with the latest release of the CPython 3.9 series. Of note, there have been fixes by the CPython team specifically for issues raised by Kodi community members around some crashes. Thanks to those members raising the upstream issues, and the fantastic CPython team for fixing them.
- Please note, that this does not affect any of our Windows releases, or if you are using Linux.
- Fix a regression that caused thumbnails to not appear when accessed from “remote” filesystems (e.g. WebDAV)
- Fix an instance of Closed Captions not working. A forum member was able to provide an extremely helpful sample that allowed us to track down an issue with closed captions not working correctly. Incidentally, this also fixes Closed Captions for some Inputstream.Adaptive streams.
- Multiple WebVTT fixes
- Fix BluRay resume issues
- Reduce “quality” of thumbnail creation
- NOTE: An advanced setting is available for those users who wish to alter the default further. More information can be found on the wiki.
- A couple of skinning changes have been introduced
- Skin timers
- Removal of player.DisplayAfterSeek
- Skip border infill
- Moving speed
- Diffuse fading animations
- VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants
Previous Alpha 1 Update
The “Alpha 1” update of Kodi 20 Nexus was released on May 16, 2022.
- AV1 hardware decoding for Android
- AV1 hardware decoding for Linux via VAAPI
- Bump to FFMPEG 4.4
- Add new font style settings such as border size/color, background type/color/opacity, shadow color/opacity, and blur
- Add support to display subtitles with dynamic positions which make use of position tags
- Add underlined and strikethrough text style support
- Add a new wide color palette in color settings
- Add a new setting to change text alignment for closed caption subtitles for a better reading
- Add a new setting to override subtitles metadata like style and position
- Improved font size that now match the point/pixel proportion
- When Kodi is in windowed mode subtitles are now always displayed correctly
- Improved VPlayer for better reading of the multiline text
- Improved SAMI format to better support multiple languages
- Improved TX3G format to support multiple styles, colors and alpha channel
- ASS/SSA subtitles are displayed without flickering
- Improved image-based subtitle rendering to keep a better aspect ratio
- Add support to the WebVTT subtitle format type
- Improved font list setting – the actual names of the fonts are now listed
- Add support to OpenType font type (OTF)
- Improved calibration window, so it’s now possible to also reset the calibration settings
- Subtitle settings can now be changed while in playback without side effects
- Fix resume of Blu-Rays and DVD ISOs in file mode (not in library)
- Fix playback of some optical discs on Linux due the incorrect mapping of mountpoints
- On Linux optical media is now mounted by default (via udisks)
- Partial code cleanup and platform split of disc drive handling
- Skin cosmetics
- Fix duplicated context menu items
- Fix EDL mute sections and EDL cuts
- Fix wrap lists
- Fix hitrect on auto sized buttons
- Fix some context menu options not triggering the respective builtin action
- Independent volume setting for GUI sounds
- Password reveal button in keyboard dialog
- Added Steam Deck built-in controller support
- Add a new Colour Picker window dialog to allow display a color list
- Improved image control to support read dynamic $INFO data to “colordiffuse” tag
- Improved Player Process Info window – new information has been added and grouped by context
- New media flags for HDR videos: detect, store and process the type of HDR in a video file
- Skinners can now define modal dialogs if its visibility depends on Boolean condition evaluation
- Deprecation of old info labels with the introduction of new generic ones (e.g. Player.Editlist, Player.Cuts, etc)
- Estuary PVR Home Screen: New widget for timers (replacing old current/next recording widget)
- Estuary PVR Home Screen: Add percentage played progress bars to Recent Channels and Recent Recordings widgets
- Estuary PVR Home Screen: Change default click action to open the Guide window
- Improve display of EDL markers on the default skin (EDL mutes are now shown, cut sections are also identified)
- Savestate manager for Retroplayer with captions describing the state of the game provided by https://retroachievements.org
- In-game Port Setup dialog to change between game controllers
- UNIX Family Platforms
- Implement WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) for *ix platforms (Android/Linux/Apple)
- Improved Siri Remote handling
- Improved “Now Playing” info
- Initial support for M1 native including native windowing/input handling PR NOTE: We do not provide prebuilt M1 dmg’s. Any devs willing to work on ironing out the many corner cases of the native windowing implementation, don’t hesitate to ping @fuzzard on the forums if you have any questions.
- Extend GameController support to OSX
- Many code cleanups/refinements/refactors
- Update Android build to use Gradle for signing/aligning/packing
- Add ACES/Hable Tonemapping for GLES
- More BiCubic Shaders for GLES
- Pipewire support
- New setting to use 10 bit swapchain for SDR videos. Improves video quality and more precise colour conversions: YUV to RGB, limited to full range, shaders, etc. This is true even if video output is limited to 8 bit RGB by system or graphics driver.
- Improved DXVA2 (HW video decoding) performance by sharing decoding and rendering surfaces. Avoids video copy operations and drastically reduces video memory usage on NVIDIA and AMD graphics using recent drivers.
- Harfbuzz rendering for scripts with open type font shaping features
- Channels and Recordings can specify a provider
- Read-only recordings supported
- EPG Search: Add Saved Searches, incl. new Estuary PVR Home Screen widget
- Channel Manager: Add possibility to refresh all channel logos
- Settings: Add possibility to specify which data to delete when resetting PVR database
- Automatic cleanup of cached PVR images (texture.db and cached image files)
- Functional Improvements for multi PVR Add-on scenarios
- Performance improvements, esp. for large number of channels
- Most dependencies have been updated to latest, or close to, for Apple/Android platforms
- Many cmake updates to update build system
- Many many updates/changes to use std::chrono throughout the code base
- Colour Picker
- Colour button setting
- Add support to add video HDR type info to a video list item
- Function for removing orphaned dependencies recursively
How to Install Kodi 20 Nexus
There are a few ways to install Kodi 20 Nexus on your preferred Kodi device.
The best method for installing Kodi 20 Nexus is through the download page on the official Kodi website.
Those using the Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, or Android TV devices will likely have better luck installing the ARMV7A (32BIT) APK file.
We recommend not installing Kodi through the Google Play Store, as their download link is still pointing to 19.3 Matrix.
Overall, feel free to try the brand new Alpha release of Kodi 20 Nexus on your preferred streaming device!
But keep in mind this is not the official stable release of Kodi, as most 3rd party add-ons will not work properly.
For more information on Kodi 20 Nexus, refer to the video below.
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Kodi 20 Nexus FAQ
Is Kodi 20 Nexus Available?
Yes as of January 15, 2023, Kodi 20 Nexus is now the most stable release of this popular application.
What Kodi Version is Current?
Kodi 20 Nexus is now the most current version of Kodi as of January 15, 2023.
How do I Install Kodi 20 Nexus?
You can install Kodi 20 Nexus on any compatible device through Kodi’s official download page.
What Devices can Kodi 20 be Installed on?
This application can be installed on Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Android, Windows, Linux, and iOS devices.