HOW TO INSTALL KODI VERSION 19 MATRIX ON YOUR FIRE DEVICE | FIRESTICK | FIRE CUBE!
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Kodi 19.0 Matrix has now been released & this tutorial will show you how to install it on your Fire Device (Firestick & Fire Cube).
Check out the video above for a step-by-step video guide or select below for a detailed guide for your device.
For audio & music lovers, there are significant improvements across the board to metadata handling: library improvements, new tags, new displays, improvements to how Kodi handles release dates, album durations, multi-disc sets, & more. There’s a new, Matrix-inspired visualisation, there are improvements to display when fetching files from a web server, & several changes to how audio decoder addons can pass information through to the Kodi player.
For video, most of the changes are more technical & may depend on your hardware: AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR & static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10 & dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, & more OpenGL bicubic scalers.
For those who combine the two & have libraries of music videos, you get some goodies as well: database & metadata display improvements mean that Kodi will now fetch & display related album & artist information from the music library, where appropriate. There are also new features around grouping videos by artist (not just album), support for .NFO files that list all performers instead of just the main artist, plus better search links to return related albums & videos by the same director director.
Finally, if your definition of “play” is more game-related, we’ve implemented integer scaling to improve the viewing quality of Pixel Art games across the board, while iOS get support for Xbox, PlayStation & other supported Bluetooth game controllers.
For many people, the interface is Kodi – it’s how you find your way around, it’s how you interact with the application & your media. As such, it’s always getting some attention & this release is no different: screen redesign, especially for music; new metadata displays; changes to playlist views; a new “now playing” view; artwork & image file improvements; both new & updated GUI controls. Some changes may be subtle, but all are designed to improve your experience.
An often-overlooked feature, but immensely useful to so many people, subtitles get some attention in this release: timestamp overlays get fixed, plus you can now select a dark grey colour & set an opacity for the captions (particularly useful in HDR – protect your eyes, kids, you’ll miss them when they’re gone).
Addons & Scrapers
Python comes in for some major changes in Kodi 19. Because the old Python 2.7 has gone out of support, we’ve finally made the wholesale move to Python 3 & ported our addons across. Much of the community has come with us, so, hopefully, your favourite addons will still function, but we’re at the mercy of third-party contributors to update their work.
Kodi 19 replaces the old XML metadata scrapers with new default Python for movies & TV shows; there are also new Python scrapers for music, Generic Album Scraper & Generic Artist Scraper. Binary addons in general get improvements to system documentation, cleaned up settings dialogs & better help text.
PVR & Live Television
Another significant part of Kodi that’s had a lot of attention in this release. Most new features here revolve around usability: PVR reminders, home screen widgets, group/channel manager enhancements, navigation & dialog controls, context menus, New/Live/Finale/Premiere tags, channel numbering & sorting, performance improvements, API improvements.
There are a few new security features implemented now in Kodi, to help keep you safe from intentional or unintentional problems. Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons & their dependencies, which prevents third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons; broken or deprecated add-ons are now highlighted in the add-on list, so you have to actively agree to activate one; the binary addon system now has higher security around data exchange between Kodi & an addons. In addition, we’ve added a default requirement to password-protect Kodi’s web interface, plus give better information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces if you do choose to enable them.
As a cross-platform application, we try our very best to keep all platforms feature equivalent where we can. However, there are inevitably platform differences & we also have to make room by dropping old platforms as technology moves on.
The big platform change with this release is new support for tvOS, but this means waving goodbye to iOS 32-bit. Beyond that, there are specific tweaks such as specific TopShelf support & fixes on AppleTV, better logging & notch support on iOS & a move to a single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (X11, Wayland, & GBM) versus the previous three. That last one will make a big difference to both users & package maintainers, since you’ll no longer have to select a different binary based on the target environment.
Behind the Scenes
Probably too hidden for many users, but there are inevitably changes & improvements that you can’t see, but might give more scope for new features later on: API changes to feed subtitle URIs to the player; multiple updates to various core modules; improvements to API calls & actions, & many more. They may not be important to you, but they took real work & I mention them for completeness.
Information taken direct from kodi.tv: more details here
1. From your Firestick or Cube homepage select the search icon
2. Search Downloader, find & select
3. Select the Downloader app
4. Select Download (this may say Get)
5. Wait for Downloader to download & install
6. Select Open
7. If prompted select Allow
8. Select OK
9. Scroll to & select the box under Enter a URL or Search Term:
10. Enter the following URL: kodi.tv
11. Select the 3 lines on the right of the screen
12. Scroll down & select Download
13. From the Downloads page scroll down to find Choose your weapon
14. Select Android
15. Select ARMV7A (32BIT)
16. Wait for your download to finish
17. Select Install
18. Select Install & wait for Kodi to install
19. Select Open
20. Select Continue
21. If prompted select Allow
22. Kodi is now installed & ready to use
Having issues? Check out the helpful links below for help & guidance on some of the most popular topics.
Mouse Toggle – Try a Mouse Toggle to help you navigate. Some apps are not supported correctly by every device.
Bluestacks – Run any app with an Android Emulator! Works with Windows PCs & MAC.
Downloader – Having issues downloading apps? Use Downloader.
Unknown Sources – If you are finding apps are not installing or you are getting errors, try turning on Unknown Sources on your device!
Real-Debrid – Not getting great results when trying to stream? Check out Real-Debrid.
Trakt – Integrate all your watch history in one place.
Kodi – Want to install an Addon, Build or maybe you need some help?
Filelinked – If you can’t find an app or want to discover more. Take a look into Filelinked.
Adding Storage to your Fire Device – Need more storage? I have several tutorials on how to do this!
Buffering & LAG! – Check out some great tips & tutorials here.