I am writing this guide for those of you who have yet to installed Kodi 18. The process is very straight forward and WILL install over 17.6 and I have eliminated a few variables as the version included in this tutorial is compatible with MOST Android OTT boxes as well as Fire Sticks. If done correctly will take less that 5 minuets and you will NOT loose and of the addons or, repos that you have previously installed.
Note: If you already have a previous version of Kodi installed, the settings from your old version should transfer to the new version during installation. However, you should always backup your settings just in case something goes wrong.
Kodi 18 Features
Much of the work in Kodi 18 Leia has been to standardize the backend code, which should mean less errors and better video processing for everyone! Some of the other features noted in this Kodi 18 download:
- Button maps for controllers completed
- Improved playback on Android video and DTS-HD audio
- Revamped music library to read metadata instead of just file name.
- Live TV overhaul – Need a USB or network tuner such as HDHomeRun.
- Xbox One Support
- More standardized Android code: Now includes leanback search integration and Google Assistant voice integration
- Better remote and controller support
- Revamped video player support
- Digital Rights Management (DRM) support for login and subscription based DRM services.
- Libretro API added for full game client support. Libretro is the most popular backend for classic game emulators and inclusion into Kodi will open up a whole world of users who can emulate old games within the Kodi interface. Setup can be tricky for beginner users, so we are interested to see how each setup is on Kodi, particularly getting your game controllers (including Playstation and Xbox) to work.
- Improvements to nearly all backend PVR clients supported by Kodi including FilmOn, HDHomeRun ArgusTV, and others. This should mean better menus, feel, and look for viewing live TV channels via an over-the-air tuner.
- Improvements made to Inputstream clients, which improve network streaming protocols. This should hopefully open the door to creating native Kodi addons for online streaming services such as Sling TV, Youtube TV, and other live IPTV sources.
- Better Bluetooth support. This should allow controllers, remotes, keyboard, mouse, and other accessories better access to control Kodi.
- Speech-to-text and recommendations support on Android TV. This should allow Kodi to better integrate into the Android backend and be included in the recommendation tiles that come standard on newer Android devices (such as the nVidia Shield).
- Improved Python based web scraper support.
- Added game client addons for many popular third-party game consoles
- Added new PVR clients for Zattoo Box, Teleboy, and Seldovanitv.
- Added ability to inspect addon dependencies before installing
- Added addons for game controllers and peripherals
- Audio engine improvements
Kodi 18 Skins
Note that all of the changes in Kodi 18 means that old skins are NOT compatible. This means that skin developers will need to add Kodi 18 support before you can use it. This happened back during the Kodi 16 to 17 transition as well.
If your skin is not supported with Kodi 18, you will most likely see the Kodi logo on startup and then Kodi will crash before it gets to your main menu. ****It is highly recommended that you change your skin back to the default Estuary before you upgrade.
1. Using the browser on your Android/Amazon Device you can directly download the correct version of Kodi 18 for MOST devices by clicking here
2. If you need the new Kodi 18 download but, are not able to use the browser on your target device you can download the file on your computer, move it to your Android device via USB stick and install by using ES File Explorer to launch the download.
3. When download is complete, launch it and install just like any software.
Don’t forget Kodi is available through the Google Play store as well. For normal Android mobile phones or tablets, simply go to the Google Play Store, type in Kodi, and download the latest version from there..no need to question if you need the ARM7VA (32BIT) or ARM8VA (64BIT)
as always if you have any questions let us know. Feel free to comment and, share if you find this useful please pass the good word along .