Kodi 20 Nexus has officially been announced by the Kodi development team with an “Alpha” release.
The following article shows the new features, updates, and changes within Kodi 20 Nexus which have been pulled directly from the official Kodi Website.
Important Note: This is NOT a stable version of the Kodi software. This is a pre-release which means it is still in development and there will be bugs/issues. Kodi 19.4 is the most stable release of Kodi.
The press release from the official Kodi website states the following on the “Alpha” release of Kodi 20 Nexus:
“This is a major release, so, as you’d expect, it comes with many new features. However, it will inevitably cause problems for some people, which is why we’ll go through a more traditional Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate model.
As such, then, please be aware that installing this will inevitably break things, and we’d really like your help at that point to identify the problems and get them fixed.”
Since this is an “Alpha” release we don’t recommend updating your current version of Kodi, especially if your current setup is working well. Version 20 has not yet been officially released and is still in the development phase.
Important – TROYPOINT has tested Kodi 20 with various 3rd party add-ons and many of them do not work properly.
Kodi 20 brings numerous new features to this popular software on all of its compatible devices. The Kodi developers have done a fantastic job squashing a large number of bugs in a quick period of time.
Below are the bug fixes and new features pulled directly from the official Kodi Website.
Kodi 20 Nexus – New Features, Fixes, and Updates
Alpha 2 Release Notes
On July 10, 2022, the official Kodi website released an “Alpha 2” version of Kodi 20 Nexus. A few Patrons from our TROYPOINT Insider Forum also noted this update.
See the list of release notes below.
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
Removal of player.DisplayAfterSeek
Skip border infill
Diffuse fading animations
VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants
Alpha 1 Release Notes
The “Alpha 1” version of Kodi 20 Nexus was released on May 16, 2022. See the full list of updates below.
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
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
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 button setting
Add support to add video HDR type info to a video list item
Function for removing orphaned dependencies recursively
Install Kodi 20 with the TROYPOINT App
If you do want to install Kodi 20 and test it out, you can do this through the free TROYPOINT Rapid App Installer.
The free TROYPOINT app may be installed on any Android-based device including Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, NVIDIA SHIELD, Android phones, and tablets.
The TROYPOINT App includes the Rapid App Installer which allows you to install all of the best streaming apps and tools in a matter of minutes.
You will also find Troy’s latest videos as well as an Internet Speed Test tool.
Kodi 20 Download Links
For Firestick and Fire TV Users, the following links will provide you with installation guides and updating guides for your preferred device:
When using the install method linked below, you must choose Kodi 20 Nexus from the Rapid App Installer.
iOS (Must have jailbroken device)
ARM32 is no longer supported in Kodi 19 and beyond.
Use the following commands in your Linux/Ubuntu terminal to install Kodi 20. Follow the prompts as you would with any other software installation.
sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
sudo apt install kodi
Remember, by installing a repository, you will have the freedom to choose different streaming add-ons for your enjoyment. TROYPOINT’s list of the Best Kodi Add-ons can be found by clicking the link below.
If you are looking for a simple way to install the best add-ons and repositories quickly and efficiently, I suggest using a Kodi Build. Click the link below for a list of the Best Kodi Builds at this time.