Kodi, previously called XBMC, is a well-known open source media player currently available across various platforms, including Android. In case, you are one of the hundreds of thousands of users using Kodi on your Android TV, you will be glad to know that the next major update of the app will bring support for voice search and Leanback suggestions.

Kodi 18 update new features

This essentially implies that Kodi, after the new release, will fill the home screen of your Android TV with content suggestions from within your library. This feature is much akin to how Google Play Movies or YouTube bring you various suggestions based on factors such as relevancy and your past viewing habits.

The addition of voice search also means that now you can ask the app to play anything in your Kodi library using Android TV’s native Google search feature. Note that doing so won’t display results from add-ons. Watch the video at the bottom of this article for a better perspective about these new additions.

Kodi 18 release will bring voice search

Also, worth mentioning that the new features will be activated in the forthcoming Kodi 18 release. However, if you do not wish to wait that long, you can also try it out now using a nightly build from the official Kodi website. To access the new features using this method, you will need to enable “Allow remote control via HTTP”. You can do so by simply opening Kodi settings and then accessing Services > Control.

In the event that you should come across any issue, it is advisable to report the same to the Kodi official forum here.

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  • NOHoldsBar

    In the EU, using Kodi to stream copyrighted content is considered illegal forcing people to use a VPN. If that’s the case, might as well use p2p and you’ll avoid the buffering headache. Besides, all content available on Kodi is mirrored on the web and you don’t have to mess with ridiculous Kodi add-ons and repositories.