XBMC media player renamed to Kodi
Many are familiar with the famous XBMC media player and use it. This media combine is almost omnivorous in terms of formats, there is support for most desktop and mobile platforms (Windows, Linux, OSX, Android, iOS, ATV2, Raspberry Pi). Many consider him one of the best media players.
The program has a twelve-year history, during which it has already changed three names, although the changes were more likely cosmetic. And a few days ago there was news that the player will change its name to a completely new one, now it will be called Kodi.
XBMC stands for Xbox Media Center, but only for Xbox itself this program has not been released for a long time. In addition, there is a misunderstanding on the part of the consumer, people are confused by the presence of the word Xbox in the name, because of this, various embarrassments have already arisen. This is the first reason for the name change.
The second reason is copyright. Still, developers do not have a license to use the word Xbox in the name, so you can not even register the corresponding trademark.
Therefore, it was decided to change the name to something that would solve all the existing problems. At the same time, the program’s functionality will be preserved, and even the order of the versions will not be violated, the next one after XBMC 13 will be Kodi 14. At the same time, it is planned to change the site address.
Personally, this name is a little unusual for me, but I think that in the near future everyone will take it for granted, and the practically best Kodi cross-platform media player will last for many more years.
Source: of. site
The first release of Kodi 14.0 "Helix" alpha 2: download .