Quietly, without any big announcement (as of writing this article), team Kodi has made the latest and greatest version available for download.
Krypton, which is the Kode-name (if I may call it Kode instead of code) of the 17th version of Kodi, has plenty of new features to present its users, much of it is being highly conspicuous through the brand new user interface (UI) we’ve already covered in a previous occasion.
Notwithstanding the rather huge advancement made to the UI, the improvements of Krypton doesn’t end there as another part of Kodi, that is the Web interface, was also remastered from the ground up.
Other than visual overhauls, Krypton also carries with it some under-the-hood profound changes such as the renovated video player, which now supports video streams selection (allows to select a different camera angle when available for instance) and letting add-ons handle the quality of videos.
Android users might also be delighted to read that the platform just gained an improved audio support – HD audio passthrough capabilities, however, that said, Kodi 17 also loses support for Android versions older than Lollipop (5.0).
Users of Android devices running on versions lower than Lollipop are therefore advised to either stick to the 16th version of Kodi for the time being, or, to update their Android to a newer version.
A Word Of Advice
Users who find themselves in a loop of Kodi freezes, where you simply open Kodi and it gets stuck then you kill it, reopen and then repeat – the best way to shake this unwanted behavior off is to disable / delete 3rd party add-ons.
If some of these add-ons are crucial to you, I suggest deleting them and then reinstalling a newer version which accommodates Kodi 17 new features or look for alternatives that do.
If you can’t even reach the add-ons section prior to Kodi freeze, you may delete add-ons manually by opening your file browser and navigating into Kodi’s add-ons directory –
Or simply use a search tool to search for “addons” folder.
Inside there you should see all the addons currently available on your Kodi, it is safe to delete all the folders inside there, or better yet move them to a different directory for backup. However, do note that by doing that you won’t be able to access those add-ons.
Lastly, to help you find your way around the new interface, here’s a short guide that will help you learn the basics of navigating Kodi 17 Krypton.