The competition between media centers that we see on Linux PCs and Windows or Mac also reaches Android smartphones and tablets. There are many programs that we can download to fulfill the function of managing and playing our multimedia gallery, but few of them manage to perform at the level that Kodi Matrix, the former XBMC, is capable of.
The most versatile open source media center
And if it is not the most, it is one of the most: we are talking about a software capable of playing videos and music, as well as serving as an image viewer and a platform for launching games that we can watch from our Android device, acting as a client with a connection to another computer that works as a server.
The APK format of this app is equally customizable as the versions that we can enjoy on other platforms. The different add-ons offer us the possibility of adapting its functions and features to the way we have to use it and thus enjoy a much richer user experience.
This multimedia center has a wide range of functions and features such as the following:
- Movie player: it can play all major video formats and sources, including online and streaming content. It can import any title with all its artistic and complementary information (trailers, posters, covers, extras, fanart...). It also supports 3D and high quality video playback.
- Music player: your music collection also has a place because with support for formats such as MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV or WMA you will not find any obstacle to enjoy your favorite songs and bands. In addition, you will always have the best information since it is capable of importing tags from online services such as MusicBrainz and of creating intelligent lists with which you can exercise complete control over your discography.
- TV program player: enjoy TV programs just as you do with your movies. That is, with complete descriptions of plots and actors and a tag system that helps you to better organize your content.
- Image viewer: import your photo collection and browse through it in different ways. Group them, play slideshows or filter them as you like.
- Tune in to TV and record its contents: another of its interesting functions is its ability to tune in to your TV channels and record the contents you are most interested in.
- Customization through extensions: the developers of this project know the importance of offering flexible software that adapts to what each user is looking for or needs. By installing add-ons that can be obtained from repositories developed by its user community, we can adjust the playback of any content to our way of enjoying video or music.
- Skins for the user interface: download and install different skins for the program with which you can modify the visual aspect of the program. Choose from dozens of skins or design your own.
To enjoy its features you can install it on your device, although the best way to take advantage of it is to install Kodi Matrix on a device as a server. For example, an old computer that you no longer use may be the best option ... then sharing the wifi network you can play on your Android smartphone or tablet any content without having to have downloaded or stored.
What are the biggest changes compared to Kodi 18.0 Leia?
Finally, let's comment on the latest changes introduced. The previous version of this media center focused mainly on improving the general capabilities of the suite. This time, we find more new features related to all aspects. For example:
- It moves from using Python 2 to Python 3.
- It supports new video codecs such as AV1.
- HDR support has been improved.
- The interface adds different changes, especially in the music player, such as the use of new tags, the display of albums, duration or dates, among others.
- The subtitles add the gray color and allow to modify their opacity.
- Videos can now be organized by artists and not only by albums.
- The display quality of Pixel Art games has been improved.
- Several changes and improvements are added to the PVR module such as new widgets and themes or the use of reminders to view content.
- The added security improvements prevent possible code rewriting in unrelated official add-ons.
In short, if what you need is a media center in conditions to enjoy all your multimedia content in Kodi you will find just what you need. One of the best options at your fingertips.
What's new in the latest version
- Launch of Kodi 19.4 Matrix with bug fixes and minor improvements.