Kodi 20 “Nexus” Release
This article will tell you all there is to know about the latest Kodi 20 Nexus.
Finally, the Kodi Development Team has released the stable version of the Kodi 20 Nexus. And the most recent updates and releases that go along with this stable version are listed in this article.
Additionally, you may still access all of the previous updates beginning with the Alpha Release, allowing you to follow along with all of the Release Candidate upgrades.
We’ll also give you instructions on how to install the new Kodi 20 Nexus on Firesticks and other devices.
Furthermore, you may also check the list of currently running Builds and Addons on the Kodi Nexus 20.
So, without further ado, here’s a rundown of what the new Kodi 20 Nexus has to offer.
Kodi 20 “Nexus” – New Features, Updates, and Fixes
The official Kodi website announced the release of the stable version of their Kodi Nexus 20 on January 15, 2023. The upgrades included in this release are detailed below.
Multiple Instances of Binary Add-ons
Kodi may now load multiple instances of a binary add-on at the same time. Users of TVHeadend can now connect to several back-end TVHeadend servers by running multiple instances of the add-on, with unique settings like channel groups and hidden channels kept per add-on instance.
AV1 Video Support
AV1 media can now be decoded by hardware on several Kodi platforms. Inputstream.adaptive add-ons can now play AV1 streams because the Inputstream API has been upgraded to enable AV1.
For ease of production and upkeep, subtitle formats are made more standardized to enable features that were not previously conceivable. Kodi now features better multi-language compatibility, dynamic font placement, border and background color changes, and subtitle positioning.
Game (libretro) Savestate Support
Even if games themselves don’t offer native savestate capabilities, you can still save the game state at any time with the use of this feature.
Windows HDR Support
Along with many other updates to the Windows (DXVA/2) video pipeline, full HDR support has been added for the Windows Desktop platform. Moreover, HDR is not supported on non-Desktop, i.e. Xbox UWP Store versions. Improvements to enable more accurate ACES Filmic and HABLE tone mapping make even SDR video look better, and these features are available in both the UWP and desktop versions of Kodi.
As they previously only supported NFSv3, modifications were made to enable NFSv4 capability. However, there are certain restrictions with this, such as the requirement that you specifically choose either NFSv4 or NFSv3 as a source.
Context Menu Consistency
Numerous aspects of the handling of the right-click/long-press context menu have been improved. As a result, the context menu’s functionality is considerably more consistent across various windows, and new features like the ability to play albums directly from widgets and resumed series are now possible.
Behind The Scenes
The majority of the improvements are internal and unnoticeable to consumers, but they increase Kodi’s reliability, efficiency, and security. To advance Python and Binary add-ons and introduce new skinning features, API improvements have been done. Kodi dependencies have also been updated on the majority, if not all, Kodi systems. Additionally, corrections from routinely using static-analysis tools for code as well as database migration changes for a more seamless update, among many other things.
Note: Kodi 20 Nexus has much too many individual modifications. So, if you’re interested in learning more, the Nexus Alpha to RC2 release releases are listed below in this article.
How to Install Kodi 20 Nexus On Firestick & Fire TV
1. Click Home on your remote and scroll once to your Right. Click Setting (Gear Wheel Icon).
2. Scroll down and to the right until you get to My Fire TV. Click on it.
3. Select Developer options.
4. Turn on ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.
5. Click Turn On when the pop-up appears.
6. Click Home, click FIND.
7. Click Search.
8. You can either say Downloader to your Alexa voice-enabled remote or start typing it. If you typed it, click on the suggestion when it appears.
9. Click on the Downloader Icon.
10. Click Download.
11. Click on Open.
12. Click on Allow.
13. Use the Downloader search tab.
14. Open the Downloader App. Type https://kodi.tv/download and click Go.
15. Scroll down and click on Download Now.
16. Scroll down the screen and select the Android icon once. Be patient because it might take it 30 seconds or so to load the next screen
17. Click on the ARMV7A 32-bit version.
18. The download should start (if it doesn’t, kick the screen a few times for good measure)
19. Click INSTALL.
20. After the Kodi App is installed, click OPEN (note, you will want to delete the APK in Downloader. You can do that at any point by going to Files and holding down on the APK file.)
21. Click Continue.
22. Click Allow allowing Kodi to access files on your device.
23. Your new Kodi installed on your firestick should now load. Enjoy!
RC 2 Release Notes
On December 20, 2022, Kodi released the Kodi Nexus RC 2.
The most recent updates introduced the features listed below.
A few improvements have been implemented to address v19’s database migration concerns.
The migration of the EPG database is the first of these. This resolves the issue of the EPG loading intermittently.
A second problem with the DB migration only affected the Microsoft UWP platform (Xbox and UWP desktop).
a fix for both audio and video playlist detection.
DRMPrime on Linux now works without a problem. This enables the most recent Mesa to render hardware formats like Broadcom’s 8-bit (SAND128) and 10-bit (P030) in the proper way.
A fix has been made to allow Kodi to run on macOS 10.13. Although they still strongly advise users to upgrade to a more recent version (10.14+), this permits users who are still on version 10.13 to use Kodi. MacOS’s ability to read actual disks was stabilized. The libcdio driver was also patched as part of this to permit disk usage on Apple Silicon native builds.
There is now a fix for a crash that only affected Windows Debug builds. This had no effect on users of the actual RC1 release, however Windows developers who attempted to run Kodi as a Debug build were promptly stopped.
The problem with several resume dialogs has been resolved.
Another concern that was fixed is Teletext.
Alpha 3 Release Notes
Last September 18, 2022, Kodi developers released the Alpha 3 version of Kodi 20 Nexus.
The following details are the features added to the latest updates.
- Correction on the addon and repository installation crashes (ksooo,howie-f)
- Allows numerous instances of the same binary addon.
- Allows setup of HDR Output
- Fix window positioning during the transition of the window to fullscreen and back
- OSX arm36 (Apple Silicon) build find the right binary addons from repositories
- Fix DVD Menu indicators for DRMPrime
- ksooo optimized numerous items in DB wrappers for better performance
- Fix NFS for Windows platforms after the recent NFS updates
- NFS improvements/cleanups
- Implementation of the initial NFS4
- Improvements on Font/Glyph Handling code from ksooo, thexai, sarbes.
- Caching improvements for Harbuzz glyph
- RTL languages and certain skinning components inconsistencies are fixed
- Controllers improvements and cleanups
- Fix crash if controller if the info files don’t have the correct info
- Implements improvements from Static analysis tools like CPPCheck and ClangTidy
- Remove obsolete addons from Core Kodi Nexus install
- Fix wrong player playlist type for STRM file playback
- Using the mouse to drag/drop some controls is fixed
- ksooo continues to update and fix all PVR-related items
- Show titles when the “Flatten Hierarchy” setting is enabled
- Further improvements/refinements to subtitles from CastagnaI
- Fix for 3D MVC Playback
Alpha 2 Release Notes
After a two-month wait, the official Kodi website revealed that the Alpha 2 version of Kodi Nexus was launched on July 10, 2022. The updates for this release are listed below:
- Fix a stutter that occurs after opening, closing, and reopening the Kodi Android app.
- Another TrueHD fix is to reduce buffers to a specified amount to optimize data flow.
- More local app icons should be completely rendered in Kodi.
- Fix a binary Python module packaging issue.
- Fixes a few specific H.265 video crashes.
- Fix a problem that prevented thumbnails from showing up when “remote” filesystems were accessed (e.g. WebDAV).
- Fix a problem where closed captions were not functioning.
- Multiple WebVTT fixes
- Fix BluRay resume issues on discs, including BluRay ISOs (state serializer).
- Reduce the “quality” of the generated thumbnails with FFmpegImage:
- NOTE: For those people who want to change the default even further, there is an advanced setting accessible. The wiki contains additional details.
- A few skinning modifications have been made.
- Skin timers
- Removal of player.DisplayAfterSeek
- Skip border infill
- Moving speed
- Diffuse fading animations
- VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants
Alpha 1 Release Notes
The updates to the Alpha 1 version of Kodi 20 Nexus on May 16, 2022, are as follows.
- AV1 hardware decoding support for Android.
- AV1 hardware decoding support for Linux via VAAPI.
- Upgrade to FFMPEG 4.4.
- Border size/color, background type/color/opacity, shadow color/opacity, and blur are all new font style options.
- Add support for displaying subtitles in dynamic positions using position tags.
- Support for underlined and strikethrough text styles are also available.
- In the color settings, create a new wide color palette.
- To make closed caption subtitles easier to read, add a new setting to adjust text alignment.
- Override subtitle metadata like style and position with a new setting.
- Improvement on font size to fit the point/pixel ratio.
- Always displays subtitles appropriately when Kodi is in window mode.
- Enhancement on VPlayer to make the multiline text easier to read.
- Improvement on SAMI format to better support multiple languages.
- TX3G format has been improved to support multiple styles, colors, and an alpha channel.
- Subtitles in ASS/SSA are shown without flickering.
- Image-based subtitle rendering has also been improved to maintain a better aspect ratio.
- Support for the WebVTT subtitle format type is now available.
- The actual names of the fonts are now listed in the font list setting.
- Support for OpenType fonts is now accessible (OTF).
- The calibration window has been improved, and it is now able to reset the calibration settings.
- Modification of subtitle settings without affecting the playback.
- In file mode, restore the resume of Blu-Ray and DVD ISOs
- Fix several optical disc playback issues on Linux due to incorrect mountpoint mapping.
- Now mounts optical media by default on Linux (via udisks)
- Partial code cleanup and platform separation for disc drive handling
- Skin cosmetics
- Resolve duplicate context menu items
- Fix EDL mute and EDL cuts.
- Fix wrap lists
- Hitrect on buttons that are automatically sized are fixed.
- Fix several context menu items that don’t trigger the built-in action.
- GUI sounds have their volume control.
- The keyboard dialog has a password reveal button.
- Add support for Steam Deck’s built-in controller.
- Create a new Color Picker window dialog to display a color palette.
- Improvement on image control by allowing the “color diffuse” tag to access dynamic $INFO data.
- Add new information to the Player Process Info window, which has been organized by context.
- HDR videos now have new media flags: determine the type of HDR in a video file, store it, and process it
- Skinners can now define modal dialogs whose visibility is determined by Boolean criteria.
- Old info labels depreciate with the introduction of new generic labels (e.g. Player.Editlist, Player.Cuts, etc)
- New times widget on the Estuary PVR home screen (replacing the old current/next recording widget)
- Add percentage played progress bars to the Recent Channels and Recent Recordings widgets on the Estuary PVR Home Screen.
- Change the default click action to access the Guide window on the Estuary PVR Home Screen.
- Improve the default skin’s display of EDL markers (now shows EDL mutes, and identifies cut sections)
- Savestate manager for Retroplayer with captions reflecting the state of the game given by https://retroachievements.org/
- To switch between gaming controllers, use the in-game Port Setup dialog.
UNIX Family Platforms
- Implement WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) on *ix platforms (Android, Linux, and Apple).
- Improvement on Siri Remote handling.
- Improved “Now Playing” information
- Initial M1 native support, including native windowing and input handling
- NOTE: They do not provide pre-built M1 dmgs. However, if you are a developer eager to help smooth out the many bugs in the native windowing implementation, please contact @fuzzard on the forums.
- Add OSX support for GameController.
- Several code cleanups/refinements/refactorings
- Update the Android build to use Gradle for signing, aligning, and packing.
- For GLES, add ACES/Hable Tonemapping.
- More GLES BiCubic Shaders
- Pipewire support
- Adds a new setting for SDR videos to employ a 10-bit swap chain.
- Improves video quality and color conversion precision: YUV to RGB limited to full range, shaders, and so forth. This is true even if the system or graphics driver limits video output to 8-bit RGB.
- By sharing decoding and rendering surfaces, DXVA2 (HW video decoding) performance can also be improved.
- When utilizing the latest NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers, it avoids video copy operations and dramatically reduces video memory utilization.
- For scripts with open-type font shaping options, Harfbuzz rendering is available.
- A provider can be specified for channels and recordings.
- Support for read-only recordings
- Add Saved Searches to EPG Search, including the new Estuary PVR Home Screen widget
- Channel Manager: Add the option of refreshing all channel logos.
- Settings: Allow users to decide which data to delete when the PVR database is reset.
- Cached PVR images are automatically cleaned (texture.db and cached image files)
- Fixes in functionality for multi-PVR Add-on scenarios
- Improvements in performance, especially for large numbers of channels
- For Apple/Android platforms, it includes updates on most dependencies to the newest version or close to it.
- Several cmake upgrades to keep the build system latest.
- Many updates/changes throughout the code base to use std::chrono
- Colour Picker
- Colour button setting
- Support for adding video HDR-type information to a video list item is now available.
- Recursive function for removing orphaned dependencies
To conclude, we do not recommend installing the Kodi 20 Nexus Alpha at this time. But, you can still do so by clicking this link. Then, after selecting your device type, click on the prerelease tab to find the download option.
However, we must remind you that downloading the latest update is at your own risk. Because some of the builds and addons may not work with the new Kodi version. Nonetheless, if you want to be among the first to test it out or assist the Kodi development team in resolving bugs and issues with the new release, you will be of great help to the Kodi team. And so that we can get the Kodi 20 Nexus up and running as soon as possible.
You can also read our article regarding the best Kodi builds and best Kodi addons. Finding the best ones can be a pleasant way to pass the time while waiting for the Kodi 20 Nexus to be in good working condition.