New Kodi 18 Leia Officially Released

By | January 29, 2019

Kodi 18 Leia Officially Released
Kodi 18 Leia final version has been released and will now be the main Kodi version.

For those who have Kodi 17.6 Krypton installed there is no need to rush out and upgrade as it is still working.

So far most of the top Add-ons are working with 18 Leia of course there may be exceptions.

With the many different operating systems and hardware there will likely be some issues.

Installing Add-ons with Leia is basically the same with a few screen changes and another step to verify the dependencies that will be installed.
Kodi 18 Leia Officially Released install step
If you are upgrading it may delete the Add-ons installed and need them set up again by installing the repository.

The new Kodi 18 can be found at Kodi main Download Page Here

Keep in mind if your current Kodi set up is working it may be best to wait for any kinks to be worked out as there may be problems.

Read Here to see the Best Kodi 18 Leia Add-ons

Kodi 18 Leia Improvements Over 17.6 Krypton
There have been numerous improvements to the new Kodi version including an added Games section and better PVR/Live TV support.

New Features
…Added a “Games” window and RetroPlayer player core supporting game clients addons as well as emulator cores via libretro API
…Major GUI (Graphical User Interface) refactoring of PVR and Live TV in Kodi
…Other than previous PVR addons having been updated there are also new PVR addons for Teleboy PVR Client, Zattoo PVR Client, and PVR Client
…Major refactoring of Kodi’s core handling and GUI management of binary addons (Add-ons Framework, API, and Manager)
…Implemented a Python 3 interpreter (plus enforcing Python 2 & 3 compatibility in Leia addon repository)[1]
…Implemented online binary addon repository from which Kodi can now automatically installs/updates binary addon[2][3]
…Improved and updated “InputStream” (input stream) client addons for common network streaming protocols and popular services
…Added support for Python (script) based web scrapers for Kodi[4]
…Added support to render directly on DRM/KMS without the need for any display manager (implementation uses GBM to create the required surfaces)[5]
…Improved support to compiling Kodi for Microsoft’s UWP (Universal Windows Platform) APIs
…Added support for speech-to-text in Kodi OSD keyboard on Android TV (triggered by voice button on remote)
…Added support for BD-J / Blu-ray Disc Java menu support (requires system Java runtime environment)

12 thoughts on “New Kodi 18 Leia Officially Released

  1. Andrew

    I installed Kodi 18 that’s working great. I had to reinstall my add-ons that’s no big deal. So far I haven’t seen anything weird hasn’t hung up or crashed or anything

  2. jules

    Mine upgraded itself and all it does is freeze up as soon as I click on anything. I’ve also lost my addons.
    I haven’t tried to remove and re-install yet.
    Has anyone?
    Win 10

    1. Ken Marlor

      Just restore your computer to a date earlier than the Kodi 18.0 install and life will be good again.

      1. jules

        Thanks, but I uninstalled and re-installed, and added the addons, It’s all good.

  3. Monkey Man

    I will still give it about 2 months or so for everything to be updated & the bugs to be ironed out before i switch over. :)

  4. Dean

    I’m currently using Kodi 18 Beta 5, and was wondering if I could install Kodi 18.0, over my current build, and keep the build I’ve created?


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