Kodi 17 Krypton is the newest versions of the ever evolving Kodi media center.
Currently it is in the finale release stages and will soon be the main version available.
Many android TV box users will no doubt like to upgrade to the newest version.
Minimum Android TV box Requirements for Kodi 17 Krypton
The Kodi support team does not give exact hardware requirements since it is constantly being updated.
Here is a quote from the wiki supported hardware page.
“It is very hard to generalize Kodi hardware requirements for Linux-based operating-system distributions on ARM or MIPS based embedded systems”
Personally I would not run Kodi 17 on anything with 1GB of RAM or any older ARM processors such as the S802.
Anyone who has loaded Kodi on a Raspberry Pi 2 can tell you why, while it can run Kodi it can be painfully slow.
If you have an older box that has Kodi 16.1 Jarvis it is likely best to stick with it since Jarvis will still work fine.
A unit with 2GB of RAM and a newer S905 or S912 box should have no problems with a Kodi 17 update.
The biggest change to requirements is the need for Android 5.0 Lollipop as a minimum, with no more support for older versions.
Be sure your box has Android 5.0 or higher before attempting to install Kodi 17.
The android version of a box can be found in Settings–>About page.
Things to Watch Before Upgrading a Kodi Android TV Box.
There are many Kodi boxes available with different Firmware and hardware. With the many units available some boxes may have a firmware setting that blocks a install.
Most units will not have a problem upgrading as long as the hardware and software can support it.
… Does it have a hard / soft reset?
Most boxes will have some type of factory default setting.
While most do some do not, but this is a good thing to know encase something was to go wrong with a install.
… Upgrading from a Older Kodi Versions
The Kodi support page recommends only updating from 16 Jarvis, and older installs to update to Jarvis first.
Doing a clean install is also possible but all settings will be erased.
If you have a very old android TV box it may be a good idea not to upgrade as long as Kodi is working.
… Android 5.0 Lollipop or Higher
Be sure to have at least Android 5.0 Lollipop or Kodi 17 will not install.
How To Install Upgrade Kodi 17 Krypton on an Android TV Box
In the screenshots and examples below I am using a MX V android TV box running Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
The MX V has a S905 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8 GB internal ROM which will upgrade to Kodi 17 nicely.
The first thing to do is to download the Kodi 17 ARM file.
It can be download from the google Play store or from the Kodi site.
It is much easier to use the Play Store since it is automatic but the Kodi download page can also be used. Here are the links.
Kodi 17.1 Google Play Store Link
Kodi Download Page Link
If the Kodi download page is used which ARM file to use will depend on your box with 32 bit, x86, and 64 bit.
If in doubt simply download and try all three, as the wrong file will not install and give an error at some point.
The ARM file can also be copied to a Flash drive or SD-Card with a computer and taken to the box.
If the Play Store is used the setup will be automatic.
If the Kodi download page is used, after it downloads it will be located in the Download folder in File Manager.
Clicking the file will begin the installation.
If you are upgrading from a older version then the settings usually keep such as add-ons but there is no guarantee.
Kodi support page recommends upgrading only from previous version Kodi 16 Jarvis. If you have a much older Kodi 14 or 15 version then a upgrade to Jarvis may be necessary to keep all the settings.
Of course a clean install can always he done by deleting the old install and simply installing Kodi 17.
A clean install will need add-ons setup again but can often be the best method in some scenarios.
After it installs Kodi 17 will be ready to run.
If the add-ons get erased, read here for the top Kodi add-ons and how to install them.
Possible Errors and Problems
The possibility for problems during a install can always happen and may be unique to your box or to all android systems.
Here are some errors I ran into while installing Kodi 17 on a few different boxes.
If the wrong file is downloaded and is tried to install it will give an error “Kodi Not Installed”. This is usually because the system can only run the 32bit or 64bit file. There are very few boxes that can run the X86 file.
It will not harm anything to run the wrong file and will simply give an error part way through the install, If this happens use the other ARM file.
Another common error is “There is a Problem Parsing This Package”.
This is a generic error that can be caused by a few things. The main thing is be sure that Install from Unknown Sources is set to ON.
Unknown Sources will be located under Security in Settings.
Some boxes like to give a Parsing Error if the Developer options are set to off. The MXV box did this and to enable the Developer Options I had to go to the About Page and click the “Build Number” 7 times. Kodi then loaded fine.
With the new Kodi 17 Krypton now available many will no doubt like to upgrade.
While upgrading is nice keep in mind there is always the potential for something to go wrong.
If you are a technical person then you likely will be able to work through most any problem that arises.
If you are not technical and have a older version of Kodi installed, it may be a good idea to wait as long as the current version is working.