Recently we have had a lot of requests for Kodi version 16 (also referred to as "Jarvis"). This post will run through a few of the major changes found in this new version, and a couple of links to download.
Before that though, we do need to explain why some people will want to wait a little longer before updating. Some users have found that popular add-ons within Kodi do not yet function properly in version 16. Phoenix, Stream All The Sources and some Wizards (including
Wookie§) have either reported issues or simply advise you to stick with version 15.2 for a little while longer. Although not likely to cause problems for many, if you use a Karoake add-on in Kodi, you will want to stay with 15.2 as this feature was removed by the Kodi team in 16.
If you're certain you want to install the Jarvis build already, then please note that some problems only occur if you do not uninstall the previous version first. If you clear Kodi's data or uninstall it, please note you will need to then reinstall your add-ons all over again. Some customers have asked us if they can keep Kodi 15.2 and install DBMC 16 at the same time. The simple answer is YES! As long as you have enough space left on your device for the applications and any add-ons you want to download, they can operate entirely independently of each other.
The video below covers the process. Although it was created when 15.2 was the newest version, the same principles still apply.
So what changes will you find in version 16? There is a post on this topic over at Kodi's website - https://kodi.tv/kodi-16-0-jarvis-mark-xvi/ - but if you'd prefer a quicker summary of the salient points:
You can now easily revert to earlier versions of add-ons (if the author of your favourite add-on makes design changes you don't like, you can decide to change back to the version you had installed previously). The Add-On Manager has been overhauled, meaning you will spend less time configuring, and more time enjoying your favourite media.
Videos that use the VP9 and VC1 codecs will playback a lot better in Jarvis, compared to Isengard. If those codec names mean nothing to you, don't worry, you'll not need to make any changes yourself.
The Music Library function within Kodi (and by extension, DroidBOX® Media Centre (DBMC)) has been improved in multiple areas. Searches and sorting now more closely match how a human approaches a collection, rather than a computer!
Event logging. Consider this a bit like the History function in your browser. If you're not certain exactly what you watched last night, or which updated add-on has altered your device's behaviour, the Event Logger will be there for you.
AirPlay functions properly with iOS9 devices now!
If you'd like a very detailed breakdown of the changes found when updating to version 16, we would recommend you read http://kodi.wiki/view/Kodi_v16_(Jarvis)_changelog
If you have more general queries about this Jarvis build, http://kodi.wiki/view/Kodi_v16_(Jarvis)_FAQ#General_FAQ is a good place to start.
DroidBOX® Media Centre 16 ("Jarvis") based on Kodi can be downloaded from https://mega.nz/#!rRsWnJoB!Gl0ErwrCFTNL4GeORrelAefrQhCr2RExaDtUan0hd1w , see the video above if you're not sure what to do with APK files.
This is the original Kodi application, untouched for those that don't want any tweaks. You can view its entry in Google's Play Store here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xbmc.kodi . If you prefer to install applications by hand, the APK file you need can be found at the Kodi.TV website - http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-16.0-Jarvis-armeabi-v7a.apk
The latest builds (and older versions for troubleshooting) can always be found at: