The new version pf Kodi Leia Alfa 3 has been released to improve stability and fix bugs. As usual, with every new beta pushed, it works better and the team continue working to launch the Beta version as soon as possible, which should be launched after the latest Alpha version, being almost certainly this new Alpha 3.
Also the previous Alpha version has been proven to be quite solid to use on a daily basis, although it is not recommended for installation.
Keep in mind that this is not a final version and like in any update, errors could arise since the software is still being improved in each version. Before trying anything, as always, we would recommend that you make a backup of your configuration.
Changes and improvements
A complete change list is almost impossible to create and in this release article we will only cover the basics. To see a more extensive list, you can visit our changelog in the official Kodi 18 Leia wiki. This new Alpha does not contain major changes, so the list of changes is not significant.
Stability and usability
In general, the stability has been improved a lot. There are still technical errors or occasional failures that have been reduced due to the fact that parts of the code that did not work well and have been replaced by a more structured design and standard.
It does not mean that the old code was bad, but over time, new knowledge are obtained and the fact of having newer code standards means better source code. Unraveling all the parts or components and making them behave better together with each other has been one of the greatest efforts made so far.
Skins available for Kodi 18 Leia
Due to the changes in kodi 18 Leia, the skins must adapt in each major update of Kodi. For now, the following skins are fully functional in Kodi 18, available in the official repository:
Adnoic, Aeon Nox 5, Andromeda, Black Glass Nova, Chroma, Confluence, fTV, Grid, Mimic, Nebula, Omni, Rapier, Sio2, Xperience1080
If you have installed unofficial themes like Zeitgeist, Eminence and so on, the update from Kodi 17 to 18 might not be successful and crash at boot; in this case it would be advisable to uninstall the non-original theme and update Kodi, or uninstall Kodi 17 and install the Alpha version directly.
As time goes by, we are confident that more developers will be encouraged to adapt their skins and add-ons to work with Kodi 18 Leia.