Kodi 16 Jarvis is now stable and available for download!
There’s no official announcement from Team Kodi yet, but I expect that to be front and center on their home page tomorrow morning. When it happens, I’ll be adding a link to it here, as well as the final change log.
Update February 21st: Kodi made the official announcement on their blog here.
The changelog below has been updated from the original post and now included the changelog from the official announcement about Kodi 16 Jarvis:
Kodi 16 Jarvis Changelog
- Android Surface Rendering
- Event Logging
- Start of integration of ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing) handling (no add-ons shipped yet)
- Improve image resizing and caching algorithm to improve image quality of images
- Added support for the musicbrainz “ARTISTS” tag in id3v2, ape, xiph.
- Add date added to music library and use it for sorting
- Support saving skin settings as add-on data instead of in guisettings.xml
- Image resource add-ons which provides common image libraries than can be used by several skins and add-ons.
- Don’t mess with the long and short date formats defined in the language files
- Win32: Proper 24.0/60.0 Hz refresh rate in fake fullscreen mode
- Add sort method for albums “artist / year”. This will sort the albums chronological per artist.
- Moved some add-on categories to “look and feel” in add-on manager
- Series recording added for PVR
- Add a “none” option for preferred subtitles
- Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
- Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
- Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
- Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
- Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
- Improve touch-screen keymapping
- The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
- Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
- Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
- Further improve DX11 implementation in Windows
- iOS9 support
- Various PVR fixes and improvements
- Various improvements to the music section
- Three finger touchpad mapping in iOS to make room for new tablet gestures which will be available in Alpha 4 to complement existing tablet gestures.
- Kodi now supports being compiled with Xcode 7
- The Kodi GUI now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for users of Kodi on 3D TVs or VR headsets
- Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
- Extended support for browsing movies by country and through UPnP as well as user-ratings which we be added in future versions.
- Add Korean, Chinese and Czech keyboards
IF you’ve played around with some of the beta versions or early release candidates, you know that some of the things on that list really make life easier for the end user – especially if you happen to have an NVIDIA Shield. For example….
Android phone and tablet users have been used to having a long button press available for years, but until Jarvis, it hasn’t found it’s way into Kodi. That made getting to the contextual menus a little bit of a challenge if you have a basic IR remote, or air mouse. If you’re using Kodi with a keyboard and mouse, then it’s a simple right-click anywhere on the screen.
Now, even if you have a basic remote control, you can simply hold down the selection button for a few seconds and it’ll bring up the contextual menu, if one is available.
Here’s a short video created by Martijn Kaijser, the Team Kodi Release Manager, showing how it works on the NVIDIA Shield.
Kodi Add-on manager
Another aspect I’m really excited about is the add-on manager.
If you haven’t picked up on this already, I’m pretty strict about making sure my devices are always updated. I’ve worked in IT before and I know how much work goes in to keeping our devices secure and working properly. But, it’s a pain to manually check for updates, right?
Well, now Kodi 16 Jarvis has an add-on manager which can automatically keep your add-ons updated.
But what’s really cool is you can choose the setting for each add-on you have.
Say you have an add-on that you want to keep at a particular version – for whatever reason. You don’t ever want this particular add-on to update, because it’ll break the addon. No problem. You can manually change the setting on that add-on specifically, and exclude it from the automatic update process.
Martijn has another brief video showing this feature as well.
4:3 Non-linear stretching
This is great for older cartoons especially. If you’re old enough to remember when TV’s were square, you probably remember the hassle of trying to find widescreen or full-screen versions of your movies.
Since then, TV’s have gotten smarter about how they stretch the image in order to get rid of those black bars, but it never worked very well for cartoons or other shows that were broadcast in the 80’s and early 90’s. Our eyes could pick up on the fact that that the image looked off.
Now, Kodi 16 offers a non-linear version of the stretch to make the image closer to what our eyes are expecting. You can change this option in the Playback –> Videos –> Settings page.
Now that Kodi 16 Jarvis is available and stable, all of our reviews will start to use this as the official testing version of Kodi.
Are you already using Kodi 16? What do you think?
Let us know in the comments below!