You may have noticed that all of us here at Geek Power are big fans of Kodi. One of Kodi’s greatest features is its ubiquity, it runs on so many platforms and devices that you’re pretty much sure to have something it can be installed on. Now, however, that may be under threat as the single developer that was working on the Android version has quit.
It’s hard to overstate what a problem this is. Android is a massive platform, more devices run it than any other OS and there is a huge market for small boxes running Android specifically designed to be used as a media centre.
The reason Chris Browlet, aka Koying, quit Kodi appears to be due to internal struggles within the Kodi development team. It seems he wanted to add some platform specific code but other members of the team viewed this as too much of a hack to be added to the codebase. This is a valid point, but obviously caused friction. There also appears to be a bit of “snobbery” in the Dev team, with some members looking down on Android as a platform, preferring traditional PC based builds.
His departure leaves the Kodi team without anyone working on their Android code, which could be critical with version 17 (Krypon) just around the corner and having a number of changes that need to be worked on before release.
The good news is that Koying has returned to working on Semper Media Centre, the Kodi fork he was working on before he joined the official dev team, and is promising a release via the Google Play store soon. For those of you who are adventurous (or just impatient) and are ok with installing from external sources, you can download the latest build here.
Hopefully Kodi will get it’s shit together, but if it doesn’t it’s always good to know there are alternatives.
Source: Android Police