Kodi 16: Alpha 3

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Oct 03, 2015 in Pre-Release, Site News

Development never ceases on Kodi, and so we’re delighted to present the 3rd alpha for Kodi 16 with features and fixes galore.

Long Press

More and more hardware companies are coming out with remote controls with a very limited button set. In particular, all current Android TVs are lacking a dedicated context menu button altogether. To deal with this, we’ve taken a page from the touchscreen UX and added a long press feature to remote controls. Now, if you press and hold the OK/Enter button for a few seconds, you will pull up the context menu. In the future, long press may be extended for additional functionality. For a better view of what this means, see the following video.

Additional Fixes/Changes

Here’s a quick look at a few other notable fixes and features.

  • • Three finger touchpad mapping in iOS to make room for new tablet gestures which will be available in Alpha 4 to complement existing tablet gestures.
  • • Kodi now supports being compiled with Xcode 7
  • • The Kodi GUI now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for users of Kodi on 3D TVs or VR headsets
  • • The Music Library and Files View for music have now been unified, similar to how video files and library are unified
  • • Extended support for browsing movies by country and through UPnP as well as user-ratings which we be added in future versions.

Needless to say, this is not the entire list of fixes and features for Alpha 3, but that list is quite long and tends to focus on under-the-hood items that are mostly of interest to other devs, skinners, and add-on writers. As these under-the-hood changes begin to work their way up to the user experience, we’ll do our best to detail them here.


Should you want to download and install this alpha (monthly) build please visit our download page.

Get involved

Getting involved is quite easy. Simply take the plunge and start using these 16.0 Jarvis builds. If you use these builds, we encourage you to report problems with these builds on our forum first and after that, if asked, submit bugs on Trac (following this guide: How to submit a bug report). Do note that we need detailed information so we can investigate the issue. We also appreciate providing support in our Forumswhere you can, or donate to the XBMC Foundation if you like. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on all available social networks. Read more on the get involved page.

Discussion - 30 Comments

  • Steve Oct 03, 2015 

    I can report that the new Alpha seems to work well for me, and seems to improve the efficiency of software decoding of HEVC, which is much needed on my older system. Top stuff. I do have a question though – are there any plans to address the Digital TV PVR Teletext issues? In it’s current state it’s unusable but it would be great if this were fixed for the final release – there’s a lot of people out there with poor hearing who would find this immensely valuable. The code is there, it just needs some shoehorning to work well within the UI.

    Thread link: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=142333

    • Steve Oct 04, 2015 

      On second thought, still struggling with H265 1080p video. After some time the video and audio desyncs on an Intel E7400. No problems in VLC.

  • Daniel Oct 03, 2015 

    First, thank you very much for adding the option to not display movie sets/collections with only 1 movie
    It was a very tedious task for me correct them manually on 50+ collections
    Now it works great
    Also, the default option you set seems good.

    Btw, when you have time, please add the new GUI strings to Transifex so we can start translating them

    Thank you

  • Jesse Oct 03, 2015 

    First off thank you guys for your wonderful work. I love kodi/ xbmc to the max. Im broke now but looking for a better paying job then i will be donating. I love how you added long press feature a much needed feature to my nexus player. I am new to kodi but am learning allot on how to use it. When i get more free time i plan to get involed more. Im smart but limited. Lol but really wanted to say thanks!

  • ice Oct 03, 2015 

    • Kodi now supports being compiled with Xcode 7

    its for apple tv 4? (i hope so)

  • Impatient ungrateful cur Oct 03, 2015 

    Less alpha, more final.

    Finish 14.2

    • Nathan Betzen Oct 04, 2015 

      I definitely hope this is some kind of not very good joke.

      • Kalliban Oct 04, 2015 

        Haha yeah, it will be released when it’s finished. Nobody wants a rushed release, let them take all the time it needs! The username is quite fitting though :P

        OT: Awesome work, Kodi really is something special!

  • liquidskin76 Oct 04, 2015 

    Don’t forget DTS-HD MA decoding as well ;) Option to decode full MA track instead of DTS core is awesome for those who are not using passthrough. Excellent, many thanks!

  • Frank Werner Oct 04, 2015 

    What about rating music while it plays? A very long expected feature to get the WMC-Users…

    • Martijn Oct 04, 2015 

      That’s already available since a long time for regular albums and songs

  • Dave Sutherland Oct 04, 2015 

    Thanks Kodi

  • kikassridec2 Oct 05, 2015 


    is passthrough best option to select if available to maintain original quality for 7.1 dts hd-ma?

  • Chocco Oct 06, 2015 

    Is kodi decoding dts HD master audio and truehd instead of my amp (the new function in jarvis) and sending to my amp as “multi channel in 7.1″ IDENTICAL to bitstreaming to my amp and decoding it there? Is there any quality lost whatsoever decoding in kodi? Thanks very much.

  • kikassridec2 Oct 09, 2015 

    ile second that !! any answers would be great

  • Brayden Oct 10, 2015 

    Nice, I have already tested this out and I really like it. Keep up the good work.

  • LoneWolf Oct 12, 2015 

    Kodi Team,

    Thank you for your continued dedication and hard work. It does not go unappreciated.

  • TJ Oct 13, 2015 

    You are the best of the best. keep up the good work

  • LG Oct 13, 2015 

    I have noticed this build crashing on my Samsung tablet with android 5.1 as well as on the new amazon fire tv with the amazon is 5. I went back to 15.2 and the crasking stopped.

  • Matt Oct 14, 2015 

    “Long Press” great idea!

    On the Nexus Player, I’d love to see long-press for the back button to exit Kodi.

  • Chocco Oct 14, 2015 

    Hi, Nvidia have now implemented passthrough support for Dts HD MA and Dolby Truehd in its native player in the nvidia shield android tv but needs kodi and other apps to adjust API (did I get that right?) in order to passthrough from kodi to the shield. Will this be implemented in jarvis do you think? I know you’re designing things specifically with the nvidia shield in mind. Thanks very much

  • Blu Oct 17, 2015 

    Really liking Jarvis. I hope the auto frame bug gets fixed for the Nvidia shield TV very soon.

  • Blu Oct 18, 2015 

    Auto Frame Rate bug fixed for Nvidia Shield TV. with the latest build(8-Oct-2015 06:26)

    Thanks kodi team!!!

  • Alfonso Torres Oct 22, 2015 

    This kodi 16 : alpha 3 works perfectly but with my google tv the sound doesnt work is there any chance yall can help me out

  • Paul Oct 24, 2015 

    Both kodi 15.2 and Jarvis seems to have a sound hiccup problem on my CSA91 media player using Rockwell 3368 and android 5.1. Tried many options but can’t rectify it. Helpp

  • Jose Blanco Oct 26, 2015 

    The Kodi team ROCKS!!!!

  • Simon Ireland Nov 29, 2015 

    Thank you everyone who contributed.
    Will it come with DSP?
    I use a Raspberry Pi in headless mode. Would be brilliant to be able to have audio AGC and more.

  • AJAy Dec 14, 2015 

    updated to alpha beta 4. since I am having problem getting sound. Can anyone help me. Thanks

  • Martin Jan 10, 2016 

    I love the new 16 ver. I had to go there because of a strange happening. I use a droid T8 box. After using 15.2 without issue for weeks, i turned it on today and when i clicked Kodi it went to either a black screen or when trying to get to submenus, a black screen.The play menu went away when playing a movie. I did the Kodi force stop, clear cache, reinstalled several times, it simply would not run. I then downloaded ver 16, and hello…everything is fine and back to normal.
    I will certainly donate, you guys are awesome..any ideas on what happened to my 15.2.

  • Silviu Jan 21, 2016 

    can you please let me know if there are any settings that i need to change in kodi for android tv in order to play 4k video from a NAS? at the moment it stutters a lot and by using other players, it works very good so this is for sure a kodi problem. also in other video players, even the image quality looks better than the one in kodi (not too much different). can you please help me with this? thank you

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