Kodi Shows New Estuary Theme for a Better Leanback Experience

Kodi is among the most popular media curation apps, both cross-platform and with easy access to a large number of media sources. It runs on your desktop or on your Android TV. However, the app’s interface has not always worked well on every device. While users may not have much difficulty using Kodi on their desktop, it doesn’t translate to a good TV experience. Media is deeply nested which means users have to spend their time navigating.

As part of the next version of Kodi, v17, they’re building a newer modern experience for users which presents media up-front with the Estuary theme. It puts media first, removes the deep nesting of content, and creates new ways to organize content.

Kodi Estuary

Content can be placed in collections, such as “Captain America movies”. These folders allow you to organize content in groups based on things like cinematic universe or director. There’s also a tag system where you can assign multiple tags to a piece of content and find them in any of those spaces.

Kodi Estuary

There are now many ways to display content, so you’re able to browse in whichever way you want. The “Wall” viewtype is similar to the Leanback interface.

Kodi Estuary

There is a great layout for actor pages which is similar to Google search. You can see a full-bleed image along with being able to view movies they were in, see YouTube clips, and more.

Kodi Estuary

Add-ons are now in a central spot instead of being separated by media type. This may make it easier to find what you want and allows the video page to be more focused around the video itself and not the media sources. Universal search has also been touched up.

This will be available in Kodi v17, codenamed Krypton. While it’s not available in the Play Store, you can download the pre-release version from their website. Once this version is stable, it will be available on Google Play.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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