What’s New in Kodi 21?

Kodi 21 Omega is the newest release of Kodi, and it is still under development. This release will replace the current Kodi 20 Nexus. In this article, we will review all the major changes in this release, so you will know what to expect and how to get the most out of this new exciting release.

You can get Kodi 21 Alpha 2 from here. Select your platform, and then look in the Prerelease section.

You can find here all the code changes made for Kodi 21.

Kodi 21
Kodi 21 splash screen

 Here you can find what’s new in Kodi 21:

  • Moved to upstream FFmpeg. It is a big achievement and allows easier FFmpeg updates in the future
  • Updated to FFmpeg 6.0, although compatibility with version 5.1 on Linux systems has been maintained to avoid potential conflicts
  • Added support for NFSv4
  • Improvements to the Retroplayer ecosystem
  • Support for reading and writing playlist files in M3U8 format
  • Detection of content encoded in Dolby Vision and HDR10 is improved on Android
  • Improved AV1 playback support on Windows
  • Implemented support for DXVA2 AV1 hardware video decoding 8-bit and 10-bit on Windows
  • Fixed various general program issues like memory leaks and performance issues
  • Fixed build support for GCC13. It allows Kodi to be built on newer development tools
  • Apple platforms are now all built using a newer version of Xcode (14.2) and the relevant SDKs
  • The documentation for Kodi was updated, and missing sections were completed

Now it is your time to try this release and enjoy the new features and improvements.

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