Kodi remains one of the most loved media center apps around and that’s in part thanks to its continuing development. Kodi v18 Leia has been working its way through the alpha channels for some time now and the team behind the app has now confirmed that the first beta build is ready for prime time.

According to the announcement blog post, the beta stage will allow the developers to focus on “on solving bugs and possible usability problems” although it is also noted that so far “it has been proven to be quite solid to use as a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out.”

That should give those willing to try the beta out a little added confidence that no show-stopping bugs will crop up, but as always, it’s worth remembering that this is indeed a beta for a reason.

In general the whole stability has been improved quite a lot. The times you still get glitches or occasional crashes have 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.

As if the news of a new beta release wasn’t great enough, we now also have a new v18 Leia T-shirt to order with four different designs available for those who want to support the project and get something that we suspect most people won’t own.

Beyond the current beta, there were no definitive timescales offered as to when we can expect Kodi v18 Leia to go into full release, although it all likely depends on the outcome of this initial beta release once more and more users start using it. Remember, if you do encounter any issues, be sure to report them so that any and all bugs can be ironed out before the big launch.

Kodi v18 Leia beta 1 for Android (APK), Windows, iOS (IPA), Linux and more platforms can be downloaded from kodi.tv/download.

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