Kodi 17.3 is now being made available gradually to the various platforms, with Android being one of the first versions to be updated. If it seems like you only just updated to version 17.2, you probably did, but the developers felt the need to push out Kodi 17.3 because of some serious bugs that were in version 17.2. As such, version 17.3 contains mostly bug fixes for problems that users were encountering in the previous version.
Why the quick bump up to Kodi 17.3?
In their post on the Kodi 17.3 release, the team explained that version 17.2 “had a slight issue due to packaging certain binary add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream.” However, they didn’t discover the problem until after 17.2 had been pushed out to users. The Kodi team also found a problem which caused crashes “on the older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 in combination with the available GCC 4.8 compiler,” which they also fixed in version 17.3.
Apparently the issues with 17.2 were bad enough to warrant an upgrade to Kodi 17.3 instead of just sending out the bug fixes via a small patch. As such, this newest version doesn’t contain any cosmetic changes; it’s all about fixing the big problems that existed in the previous version. Kodi 17.2 was also focused on bug fixes, so there weren’t any big cosmetic changes in it either.
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Where to download Kodi 17.3
The Kodi 17.3 download is available here. Just click on the platform you use and then select the release build. The Kodi team said users can just install the current build on top of their previous Kodi installation with no need for a reinstall or cleanup. They explained that all the add-ons and installed skins should keep working.
They’re also updating the versions that are available in the Google Play Store and the Windows Store, although it may take a bit longer for them to be updated to Kodi 17.3. So it’s best to check back soon to make sure your software is on the latest version if you want to go that route instead of using the download from their website.
Android and security issues with Kodi
The Kodi team also addressed the reports about the malicious zip files containing subtitles, which have been found to be infecting and harming media players equipped with the popular media center software. Check Point discovered the vulnerability, and the Kodi team fixed it in version 17.2. They also advised that the vulnerability is only there if users enable a download add-on for subtitles and then download zipped subtitles.
“Any subtitles that you already have as text file, are embedded in the video stream or are” in DVDs or Blu-rays should be safe, they added.
Unfortunately, some Android users may still be encountering static noise during playback, but the Kodi team said this is a bug in the Android 7.0 Nougat update pushed out for select phone ranges from select manufacturers. They said this is a bug from the manufacturer’s firmware, so they advise users to contact the manufacturer of their device and tell them to fix it. The issue isn’t present in Kodi 16, although that previous version doesn’t have all the security patches contained in version 17.