Fans and users of the Kodi media handling and playback software can now download the Kodi “Leia” 18.8 update to their devices. This comes ahead of the move to Kodi 19.x “Matrix”.

This update brings with it new bug fixes and improvements, although there are no new features in this update. That’s similar to other updates of this ilk, bringing improved stability and squashing bugs rather than adding features that few people will use.

That’s where Kodi 19.x “Matrix” comes in. For now, here are some of the things that have gone into this update. You can read the full rundown and change log over on GitHub, too.

  • Fixes a severe security issue in gnutls
  • Other significant library/compatibility updates
  • Gets client/server on MariaDB 10.5.4 working for Android
  • Fixes video database access for Ubuntu 20.4 and other distros using earlier libfmt versions (search and other filtering failed)
  • Fixes subtitle handling from archives
  • Fixes CDDB access
  • Makes minor improvements to logging and memory reporting/display
  • Fixes EDLs where skip points are at the very start of a file
  • Contains code improvements to fix specific events, e.g. race conditions in the EPG or “pause” on end of streams on Android
  • Enables alpha blending for the video player (Windows)
  • Better handles specific exceptions (Android, mostly)

While the update is now live, some users might have to wait a little while for it to work its way through the various international app stores – Google Play and the Microsoft Store were the two the Kodi team mentioned in particular.

To grab Kodi v18.8, simply head over to kodi.tv/download.

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