We’ve been following the Kodi project for some time now and the team behind the media center software has today announced the latest alpha build of its wares, meaning Kodi v18 Leia Alpha 3 is now ready for download.

As noted by the official announcement blog post, a full changelog is “nearly impossible to create” but if you want the basics, then be sure to check that post out.

It’s fair to say that stability and usability have been the focal point for the developers this time around.

In general the whole stability has been improved quite a lot. The times you still get glitches or occasional crashes haven been reduced due to just ripping out not so well coded parts and replaced with a more structured design and standard. Not that the old code was bad however over time new insights were gained and having newer code standards just make it better. Untangling all parts or components and make them behave better next to each other has been one of the biggest efforts done so far.

Discussing when the final release will be available to the public, the Kodi team noted that there is no current timescale set in stone although it is expected to arrive at some point before the end of the year. To that end, there is also a call to arms of sorts, with developers solicited to get in touch if they are able to “spend time on getting Kodi better in every way.”

Anyone wanting to give the latest alpha build a try can do exactly that by heading to the official Kodi download page before selecting the version most suitable for their platform of choice.

Just remember folks, this is still very much an alpha release, so expect there to be problems at some point along the way.

You have been warned!

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