Kodi media player recently rolled out its much-awaited update, Matrix, and while you may find it super exciting to use, I would suggest you read this post first. With a new update, there are tons of feature updates, and this one’s bigger than most of the Kodi media player updates so far. Using the new and rich set of features is however a common problem as the media player just migrated its add-ons from Python 2.7 to Python 3. Python 2.7 support ended at the beginning of the year 2020, and the developers felt that it was high time that the media player migrated to a more robust programming language. Also, the security mechanisms are upped in the new version of the Kodi media player, so the existing vulnerabilities that may be exploitable in the future are now sealed shut.
Coming back to my issues with Kodi media player version 19.0 Matrix is that it does not have a rich library for add-ons. Unlike the earlier versions that had a seemingly overwhelming number of add-ons to choose from, this version lacks them. Any existing user familiar with the Kodi media player knows that the application does not offer any content from its side. Either you have to load your existing and licensed media into the player or you have to rely on add-ons that pull data from the internet in the form of audio files, video files, etc. The problem is that most extensions are built by the community as the software is an open-source one.
You cannot request the developer’s community to build new extensions using Python 3, out of the blue. So the users have to wait for a few months before working and verified extensions are released for the new build. The unavailability of the add-ons practically made my experience with the player useless as it only provides popular services like YouTube. Each time you open the Kodi media player, the add-ons are loaded and updated to their latest version. But this time when I tried doing so it rendered most of the usable add-ons written on Python 2.7 incompatible. Not having my preferred add-ons made the use of the current build of Kodi media player, a lot worse.
What I will suggest you do is not update to the new build if you are using an older one. For new users, it gives a chance to explore the application and find out about the possibility of add-ons. Given that most of the third-party add-ons make the best version of the Kodi media player, I don’t think you’ll feel the same with version 19.0 Matrix. As the case of working add-ons is, some might work while others may generate an error. I downgraded to version 18.3 after toiling for about eight hours with the media player. No matter how intuitive the interface is, or better the skins look, usability is the utmost priority for me. As for bugs other than add-ons, I found very few that went away after a manual restart.