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Kodi 20 Nexus Released For Firestick

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Kodi 20 Nexus has been released but not the official release but the Alpha version of Kodi 20 Nexus. It’s been a while since Kodi 19 Matrix was released and now there is Kodi 20 you can install on your devices and test.

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Kodi 20 Nexus Alpha Development Release

Again this is not the official stable release of the new Kodi 20 Nexus but the Alpha can still be tested you can expect a couple of bugs here and there but overall it will work without any issues.

This Kodi 20 Nexus is not on the Alpha phrase 2 of the release whereas if you want the latest stable version of Kodi it is Kodi 19.4 Matrix.

The reason you will want to upgrade to this Kodi if you are somewhat technical-minded is the new features that this major Kodi release brings so you can enjoy a more powerful Kodi experience.

Kodi 20 Nexus New Features

From the July 10th version of the Kodi 20 Nexus release, we have put the main features below per device that this Kodi version has correct from the previous alpha 1 version of Kodi 20 Nexus.

Android

  • Re-worked the TrueHD to reduce buffer levels while optimizing the throughput
  • Fixed an issue when you close Kodi and re-open it again which was a stuttering problem on media being played when Kodi was re-opened
  • More local-based based apps rendering correct in Alpha 2
  • Fix the python packager module (pycryptodome)

Xbox

  • Fix some of the H.265 video crashing

Python

  • Python version upgraded for both Android and Apple systems with the new python version being 3.9.13
  • Now has the latest release of the CPython 3.9 series
  • Python remains the same on Windows and Linux systems

Filesystems

  • Fixed a regression that was causing thumbnails to not render correctly when accessed from “remote” filesystems

Closed Captions

  • Fixed a problem with the closed caption not working correctly and fixed on the inputstream.Adaptive streams too

Subtitles

  • Many WebVTT fixes

Bluray

  • Fixed a range of Bluray resume issues

Thumbnail Images

  • New skins have been introduced
  • Skin timers
  • Removed player.DisplayAfterSeek
  • Skip border infill
  • Moving speed
  • Diffuse fading animations
  • VideoPlayer.Art(type) and positional variants

Kodi 20 Nexus Alpha 1 Update

The “Alpha 1” update of Kodi 20 Nexus was released on May 16, 2022.

Video

  • AV1 hardware decoding for Android
  • AV1 hardware decoding for Linux via VAAPI
  • Bump to FFMPEG 4.4

Subtitles

  • Add new font style settings such as border size/color, background type/color/opacity, shadow color/opacity, and blur
  • Add support to display subtitles with dynamic positions which make use of position tags
  • Add underlined and strikethrough text style support
  • Add a new wide color palette in color settings
  • Add a new setting to change text alignment for closed caption subtitles for a better reading
  • Add a new setting to override subtitles metadata like style and position
  • Improved font size that now matches the point/pixel proportion
  • When Kodi is in windowed mode subtitles are now always displayed correctly
  • Improved VPlayer for better reading of the multiline text
  • Improved SAMI format to better support multiple languages
  • Improved TX3G format to support multiple styles, colors, and alpha channel
  • ASS/SSA subtitles are displayed without flickering
  • Improved image-based subtitle rendering to keep a better aspect ratio
  • Add support to the WebVTT subtitle format type
  • Improved font list setting – the actual names of the fonts are now listed
  • Add support to OpenType font type (OTF)
  • Improved calibration window, so it’s now possible to also reset the calibration settings
  • Subtitle settings can now be changed while in playback without side effects

Discs

  • Fix resume of Blu-Rays and DVD ISOs in file mode (not in the library)
  • Fix playback of some optical discs on Linux due to the incorrect mapping of mount points
  • On Linux optical media is now mounted by default (via udisks)
  • Partial code cleanup and platform split of disc drive handling
  • Skin cosmetics
  • Fix duplicated context menu items

EDL

  • Fix EDL mute sections and EDL cuts

GUI

  • Fix wrap lists
  • Fix hitrect on auto-sized buttons
  • Fix some context menu options not triggering the respective builtin action
  • Independent volume setting for GUI sounds
  • Password reveal button in keyboard dialog

Input

  • Added Steam Deck built-in controller support

Skinning

  • Add a new Colour Picker window dialog to allow the display a color list
  • Improved image control to support read dynamic $INFO data to “colordiffuse” tag
  • Improved Player Process Info window – new information has been added and grouped by context
  • New media flags for HDR videos: detect, store and process the type of HDR in a video file
  • Skinners can now define modal dialogs if its visibility depends on Boolean condition evaluation
  • Deprecation of old info labels with the introduction of new generic ones (e.g. Player.Editlist, Player.Cuts, etc)

Estuary/Estouchy

  • Estuary PVR Home Screen: New widget for timers (replacing old current/next recording widget)
  • Estuary PVR Home Screen: Add percentage played progress bars to Recent Channels and Recent Recordings widgets
  • Estuary PVR Home Screen: Change default click action to open the Guide window
  • Improve display of EDL markers on the default skin (EDL mutes are now shown, cut sections are also identified)

Games

  • Savestate manager for Retroplayer with captions describing the state of the game provided by https://retroachievements.org
  • In-game Port Setup dialog to change between game controllers

Platform Specifics

  • UNIX Family Platforms
    • Implement WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) for *ix platforms (Android/Linux/Apple)
  • iOS/TVOS
    • Improved Siri Remote handling
    • Improved “Now Playing” info
  • macOS
    • Initial support for M1 native including native windowing/input handling PR NOTE: We do not provide prebuilt M1 dmg’s. Any devs willing to work on ironing out the many corner cases of the native windowing implementation, don’t hesitate to ping @fuzzard on the forums if you have any questions.
    • Extend GameController support to OSX
    • Many code cleanups/refinements/refactors
  • Android
    • Update Android build to use Gradle for signing/aligning/packing
  • Linux
    • Add ACES/Hable Tonemapping for GLES
    • More BiCubic Shaders for GLES
    • Pipewire support
  • Windows
    • New setting to use 10 bit swapchain for SDR videos. Improves video quality and more precise color conversions: YUV to RGB limited to full range, shaders, etc. This is true even if video output is limited to 8-bit RGB by system or graphics driver.
    • Improved DXVA2 (HW video decoding) performance by sharing decoding and rendering surfaces. Avoids video copy operations and drastically reduces video memory usage on NVIDIA and AMD graphics using recent drivers.

i8n support

  • Harfbuzz rendering for scripts with open type font shaping features

PVR

  • Channels and Recordings can specify a provider
  • Read-only recordings supported
  • EPG Search: Add Saved Searches, incl. new Estuary PVR Home Screen widget
  • Channel Manager: Add the possibility to refresh all channel logos
  • Settings: Add the possibility to specify which data to delete when resetting the PVR database
  • Automatic cleanup of cached PVR images (texture.db and cached image files)
  • Functional Improvements for multi PVR Add-on scenarios
  • Performance improvements, esp. for a large number of channels

Build System/Dependencies

  • Most dependencies have been updated to the latest, or close to, for Apple/Android platforms
  • Many cmake updates to update the build system

Date/Time

  • Many many updates/changes to use std::chrono throughout the code base

Addons

  • Colour Picker
  • Colour button setting
  • Add support to add video HDR type info to a video list item
  • Function for removing orphaned dependencies recursively

How to Install Kodi 20 Nexus

Downloading and installing the new Kodi 20 Nexus works the same way as installing the previous versions of Kodi on your firestick.

But we have decided to add a new easier streamlined method for installing Kodi 20 Nexus on your firestick.

First, you will need to make sure you have “Allow Apps From Unknown Sources” enabled from within your firesticks developer options.

  1. From the firestick home screen choose settings (little settings cog)
  2. Select My Fire TV or Device
  3. Click Developer Options
  4. Select Apps From Unknown Sources
  5. Make sure to choose ON
  6. Click Turn On on the confirmation notification box

Now you will use the downloader app to be able to download and install the TroyPoint app which will then allow you to install Kodi 20 Nexus on your firestick.

  1. From the firestick home screen choose Find
  2. Now type in the word Downloader and click the orange icon
  3. Choose Download to start downloading the app

Now open the Downloader app and continue to follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Downloader app
  2. Type in this URL address https://kodi.tv/download/android then click on Go
  3. You will now see the Kodi official website
  4. Choose the green button which says ARMV7A (32BIT) 
  5. The app will now start to download
  6. Click on Install when you see the install pop-up appear
  7. After the installation has finished click Done
  8. Now delete the APK to save space on your firestick
  9. Click Delete again

That’s it Kodi 20 Nexus will be installed on your amazon firestick or Fire TV so you can head over to the “my apps” section on the firestick and click the Kodi icon to open Kodi.

Install Kodi 20 Nexus Using The TroyPoint App

This new method comes in the way of our friends over at TroyPoint who has made their own TroyPoint firestick app which helps you download and install a range of the most popular firestick apps with ease.

With the TroyPoint firestick app tool, you can download and install Kodi, IPTV Players, firestick tools, streaming apps, and more at a press of a button.

Now you will use the downloader app to be able to download and install the TroyPoint app which will then allow you to install Kodi 20 Nexus on your firestick.

  1. Open the Downloader app
  2. Type in this URL address https://troypoint.com/tpapp then click on Go
  3. You will now see Apitodes website
  4. The app will now start to download
  5. Click on Install when you see the install pop-up appear
  6. After the installation has finished click Done
  7. Now delete the APK to save space on your firestick
  8. Click Delete again

You will now have the TroyPoint apk installed on your firestick so head into the “My Apps” section of the firestick and click on the Troypoint icon to launch the app.

  1. Once the TroyPoint app is open click OK on the warning box to close it
  2. Now select the button labeled “Rapid App Installer”
  3. Choose Allow
  4. Now browse through the list of applications until you see Kodi 20 Nexus
  5. Click on the Kodi 20 app to install it on your firestick
  6. Now press home to go back to the firestick home screen

That’s it you have now installed Kodi 20 Nexus using an alternative method which has the added benefit of being able to easily install a host of other firestick apps using the TroyPoint tool application.

Conclusion

We suggest you test out the new Kodi 20 Nexus on your firestick or other devices as the last Kodi 19 Matrix was released on 20th Feb 2021 so over a year and a half ago.

Things move fast in the Kodi space so it’s always better to stay up to date, especially with the major Kodi releases.

If this article has helped you install the new Kodi be sure to give it a share.

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