Here's what's new and changed in Kodi 20 'Nexus' Alpha 1

Yesterday, we revealed that the next big version of Kodi had hit an important milestone. Nightly builds of Kodi 20 'Nexus' have been available for months, but now there’s a much more stable release for users to download.

Although it’s only a pre-release build, and therefore will likely have some bugs to watch out for, Kodi 20 'Nexus' Alpha 1's arrival will excite a lot of people. Team Kodi is very proud of this release, and highlights the following changes and new features.

SEE ALSO: Kodi 20 'Nexus' hits a major development milestone and is available to download now

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Video

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

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 match the point/pixel proportion
  • When Kodi is in windowed mode subtitles are now always displayed correctly
  • Improved VPlayer for better reading of 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 library)
  • Fix playback of some optical discs on Linux due the incorrect mapping of mountpoints
  • 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 PR
  • Password reveal button in keyboard dialog PR

Input

  • Added Steam Deck built-in controller support

Skinning

  • Add a new Color Picker window dialog to allow 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 PR
  • Skinners can now define modal dialogs if its visibility depends on Boolean condition evaluation
  • Deprecation of old infolabels 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/ PR
  • In-game Port Setup dialog to change between game controllers PR

Platform Specifics

  • UNIX Family Platforms:
    • Implement WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) for *ix platforms (Android/Linux/Apple) PR
  • iOS/TVOS:
    • Improved Siri Remote handling PR
    • Improved "Now Playing" info PR
  • 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 PR
    • Many code cleanups/refinements/refactors
  • Android:
    • Update Android build to use Gradle for signing/aligning/packing PR
  • Linux:
    • Add ACES/Hable Tonemapping for GLES PR
    • More BiCubic Shaders for GLES PR
    • Pipewire support PR
  • Windows:
    • New setting to use 10 bit swapchain for SDR videos. Improves video quality and more precise colour 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. PR
    • 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. PR

i8n support

  • Harfbuzz rendering for scripts with open type font shaping features PR

PVR

  • Channels and Recordings can specify a provider PR
  • Read-only recordings supported
  • EPG Search: Add Saved Searches, incl. new Estuary PVR Home Screen widget
  • Channel Manager: Add possibility to refresh all channel logos
  • Settings: Add possibility to specify which data to delete when resetting 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 large number of channels

Build System/Dependencies

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

Date/Time

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

Addons

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

Team Kodi stresses:

This is a major release, so, as you'd expect, it comes with many new features. However, it will inevitably cause problems for some people, which is why we'll go through a more traditional Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate model. As such, then, please be aware that installing this will inevitably break things, and we'd really like your help at that point to identify the problems and get them fixed.

Should you wish to try it out, go to the download page here and select your preferred platform (Windows, Linux, Android or Raspberry Pi). Click the 'Prerelease' tab at the top to download the new alpha.

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