XBMC is dead. Long live Kodi!
Nathan Betzen, Community and Marketing Manager at XBMC, announced today that XBMC 13 Gotham will be the last version named XBMC. Starting with version 14 it will be renamed to the Kodi Entertainment Center.
There are two main reasons for the change in names.
First, the “XB” originally stood for Xbox. In 2002 the developers wanted to develop an interface to play music and videos on the Xbox – the original Xbox, not the Xbox 360 or Xbox One. The result was the Xbox Media Player. Two years later, the name was changed slightly to be Xbox Media Center, and then shortened to XBMC in 2008. Now available on multiple platforms, the project had outgrown the Xbox and support for it was dropped. Also, the software has grown far beyond a media player or even a media center. XBMC is the entertainment hub for hundreds of thousands of users.
Secondly, the name was based on Xbox, which belongs to some guys up in Redmond, Washington. This means that the XBMC developers had little control over the product or any communities that sprung up supporting it. One of a companies most valuable assets is its name – and XBMC.org didn’t really own XBMC. It was time for a change.
XBMC is now Kodi
All this means that XBMC 13 – Gotham will be the last XBMC. Starting with version 14, XBMC is now Kodi. According to XBMC, the biggest change the average user will see in version 14 is a different splash screen with the new name. The thought is to make the transition as easy for users as possible.
Note that the image above (and on XBMC’s website) is not the final version of the new logo – it’s still in the design phase. But we’ll let you know as soon as it’s been unveiled. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on version 14 – Kodi!