Kore – Android remote v2.0.0 update

Posted By: Martijn Kaijser on Dec 23, 2015 in Release Announcements

It has been a while since we talked about our official Android remote and to the outside all seemed quiet. Nothing is further from the truth. We are happy to announce that our official Kore remote is getting a big update.  Our developer SyncedSynapse has been putting a lot of work on including new features and improving what was already there. Additionally it’ s also great to see that developers from outside of the team are helping getting it better. Many thanks go out to them as well. This is what opensource is all about.

From seeing the number of Google Play downloads we can tell the community loves the Kore remote as well since it’s nearly at 500.000 active users. This is great news too see a lot of you are using it and makes the effort put in it extra worthwhile. Hopefully this with this new update the numbers of users will grow even more.

The update

The interface has kept is simple and easy to use interface as we all love. Below we’ ll pick out some of the new features that were added you didn’ t notice yet.

Live TV and PVR/DVR

One of the most requested features to be added was Live TV and PVR/DVR control and now those users could rejoice. With this update you will see a new PVR item in the side menu which now guides you to a list of channels that are available on your Kodi installation the remote is currently connected to. The list shows what is currently playing and using the three dots on the side you can either call up the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) or start recording.

All this is of course only possible if you already have your Live TV and PVR/DVR set up and working. Be sure to check out the wiki page for information how to get started: http://kodi.wiki/view/PVR


Maybe you hadn’ t noticed yet but you can also starts any add-on from the remote so you don’ t have to browse through the Kodi interface. This saves you several clicks and afterwards you can continue controlling it with the D-pad in the Kodi interface.


Maybe a bit hidden however you can also send any YouTube video to Kodi through the remote control. The feature is hidden under the share button in the YouTube app which shows the Kore icon as target.

Send text to media center

Entering text in the Kodi dialogs can be quite hard when you have to use the on screen keyboard. With Kore you can type the entire text you want on your phone and then send it to Kodi. This features is can be called from the three button which are located on the top right corner in the remote. Library maintenance, toggle full-screen and sorting and refresh options are also listed there depending on which section you are using.

Directional keys controlling video playback

Due to a limitation in Kodi there’s not an easy method for controlling video playback with the directional keys like skipping. For this you have to enable and option called EventServer in the settings of the Kodi installation you want to use it on. It’s a simple check mark in the same section where you added a new media center you wanted to control.

Likely there’s more

The points mentioned above are things that are most visible and requested. However there’s several more minor things that were added or slightly changed. We’ll let you find these things out for yourself as we feel that using the remote should as self exploratory as possible. People shouldn’t need to read a guide how to  use it. Further down the page we added some screenshots to give you some idea how the remote looks before you proceed to installing it. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do.


Kore™ (Android)


  • - Android 4.0.3
  • - Phone or a tablet

With Kore you can

  • – Control your media center with an easy to use remote;
  • – Including several colour themes;
  • – See what’s currently playing, including relevant information
    (movies, TV shows, PVR, music, pictures and add-ons);
  • – Change, sync or download subtitles;
  • – Switch to the desired audio streams;
  • – All the usual playback and volume controls at your disposal;
  • – Toggle back and forth between windows or full screen playback in Kodi
  • – Add, check and manage the current playlist;
  • – View what is in your media library with details about your movies, TV shows, music and add-ons;
  • – Direct link to relevant IMDb website for extensive information;
  • – Library maintenance like clean and update;
  • – Wake-on-LAN and other power control actions that the selected device supports;
  • – Send YouTube videos to your currently selected media center;
  • – Send text to the instead of using the keyboard in Kodi
  • – Switch to live TV channels and trigger recording on your PVR/DVR setup;

Currently not added yet

  • – Browsing smartplaylists

These features will be added in future versions

Works with

  • – Kodi 14.x “Helix” and 15.x “Isengard”;
  • – XBMC 12.x “Frodo” and 13.x Gotham;

Current supported interface languages

  • – Basque
  • – Bulgarian
  • – Chinese
  • – Czech
  • – Dutch
  • – French
  • – German
  • – Italian
  • – Portuguese
  • – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • – Spanish
  • – Russian

More languages will follow in future releases. Don’t forget to rate the app while you’re downloading it.

License and development
Kore is fully Open-Source and released under the Apache License 2.0
Should you wish to help on future development you can do so by visiting https://github.com/xbmc/Kore for code contributions.

Need help or have any problems?
Please visit our forum at http://forum.kodi.tv/forumdisplay.php?fid=129

As of this moment, it is available from Play Store for you to install. As time passes and new features and languages are added, you will automatically received updates once you have it installed. For further support you can visit our dedicated forum.

Here are some screenshots showing it in action on a normal Android phone.


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Kore_12-15_04 Kore_12-15_05 Kore_12-15_06
Kore_12-15_07 Kore_12-15_08 Kore_12-15_09
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Version 2.0.0

- PVR support
- New animations on transitions from list to details screens
- Added option to play/queue entire album, artist or genre
- Improve library syncing
- Various tweaks
- Bug fixes
- Translation updates

Version 1.5.0

- D-pad buttons can skip forward/backward when media is playing (if EventServer is enabled in the media center’s configuration, and accessible in Kodi)
- Added new screen to show all cast in movies and tv shows
- Added vibration option to d-pad buttons
- Add stop button to remote screen
- Fix youtube share behaviour
- Czech translation
- Simplified Chinese translation
- Russian translation
- Basque translation
- Spanish translation
- Bug fixes

Discussion - 30 Comments

  • Nick Dec 23, 2015 

    Cool…love Kore…

  • JiSiN Dec 23, 2015 

    Awesome! Thx a lot guys ^^v

    • Warren Dec 25, 2015 

      +1 for this.

  • Worbl Dec 23, 2015 

    Is it now possible to access Kodi’s music playlists with Kore?

  • Canoz Dec 23, 2015 

    Looks great. I use Kore all the time and now it is better. Can’t ask for anything more. I am sure you will, though.

  • Khalid Dec 23, 2015 


  • MidnightWatcher Dec 23, 2015 

    Looks nice. Can’t wait to compare it to Yatse.

  • AussieFries Dec 23, 2015 

    Looks fantastic! When will the Official Remote for iOS be updated??

  • Matt Dec 23, 2015 

    When I saw the image on this post, I thought the new KODI v17 code name had been chosen.

  • SmoothSinner Dec 24, 2015 

    Nice! Anything for IOS coming soon?

  • Daniel Dec 24, 2015 

    When we can translate it through Transifex?

  • LongMan Dec 24, 2015 

    Nice Holiday Present. Thanks for the great work. Especially grateful the addition of play/queue entire album. That will be very useful in my car for player music on the pi in there.

  • Doc Angelo Dec 24, 2015 

    It’s also available F-Droid. I think this is worth mentioning in the article.


  • Capt.Insano Dec 24, 2015 

    Great to see developments in Kore!

    The only reason I keep going back to YATSE from Kore is the lack of a queue option when sharing a video from YouTube to Kodi in the Kore app.

    I find I use the queue function a lot in YATSE for music videos!

  • Dave Dec 24, 2015 

    When sharing a video from youtube it continually loops when finished. Is there anyway to stop this? Or just have it play the video and then stop automatically?

  • Warren Dec 25, 2015 

    Hi, does this version cache the movie/tv thumbs, fanart etc? like Yatse does? It’s a must feature for me as the libraries are very large and often used via mobile/cell phone.


  • Malcom Dec 25, 2015 

    How do i access the Favourites through the app?
    That is a feature i miss.

  • niek Dec 27, 2015 

    I really miss the gesture zone in the remote. I came from iPhone and there was this an option. So when you swipe down it is like pressing the down button. This would make this an 5 star app for me.

  • Lewis Dec 28, 2015 

    Any chance on Kore coming to Windows 10? UWA get Kore on any windows 10 phone or tablet.

  • maurice Dec 28, 2015 

    Same goes for me, Windows 10 universal app would be great!

  • Shaun Dec 28, 2015 

    Good work guys! Would be nice to navigate through the addons in the remote too like other kodi remotes.

  • Antonio Dec 31, 2015 

    Would be nice to have Chromecast function in a future release … I don’t even mind paying for the feature.

  • JNasty Jan 03, 2016 

    Would be great if we can start cinemavision directly with the app without going thru the context menu. Is that possible in future iterations?

  • Chris Jan 05, 2016 

    I’d love to replace Yatse with this but it’s missing two key features that I use all the time: (1) swiping gesture controls (instead of buttons) and (2) a queue option when sharing a YouTube link so it doesn’t interrupt what’s already playing.

    I’m looking forward to its continued development.

  • Miftah Afina Jan 07, 2016 

    Will kodi team add feature to stream from pc to kore?

  • avatastic Jan 08, 2016 

    Soon core will catch up to Yatse, which I’m pretty much only using over Kore for the notifications add-on.

  • John Jan 13, 2016 

    Brilliant work!
    Casting youtube videos is a nice addition, it would be great if it could cast from other sources too (apps and webpages) they way Yatse does. This is the only thing I am missing which at the moment and it makes me keep both Kore and Yatse on my phone, the latter only for casting non-Youtube videos.

  • Markos Jan 15, 2016 

    Excellent work!

    One feature that I’m missing from the older Android (xbmc) remote is pausing playback when a phone call comes in on your Android phone, and resuming when you finish the call. Know this is asking much, but could it be added on the to-do list?

  • Bruce Letz Jan 16, 2016 

    Will there be or is there a way 2 delete internationals channels so they don’t show them mixed with Canadian and USA content?

  • geofferyh Feb 25, 2016 

    Is Kore compatible with Kodi v16.0 yet?

    I can’t get it to connect using my new Motorola E cellphone.

About Kodi

Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.