Android and Kodi have had a long history together, and the Google Play Store is one of the few major stores that allows Kodi; however, the future of Kodi and Android is in danger right now.
Recently the developer (a volunteer as are all Kodi team members) left the Kodi team and has left Kodi without anyone to develop Kodi for Android. “We can’t stress this enough, if we don’t get an Android dev soon, Kodi for Android could very well die out. This is a significant future problem,” said Nathan Betzen the present of the XBMC Foundation and a Kodi project member in a recent blog post. He went on to say, “Kodi on Android is on life support.”
So this may seem like a simple task just to find a new programmer to take over the Kodi development, but the problem goes deeper than that. According to AFTVnews.com there seems to be an active “hate” of the Android platform among Kodi developers because it is seen as the main source for much of the piracy that is creating so much trouble for the Kodi team.
The “hate” that is currently felt toward Android by members of the Kodi community and team is likely caused by all of the cheap android devices with Kodi preinstalled promoting Kodi as a way to get free movies and TV shows. Often people run into issues with these devices and unauthorized add-ons and look to, and even demand help from, the Kodi team, resulting in hours of work.
So, for now, the future of Kodi on Android is uncertain; however, even if Android development stops it’s unlikely to stop Kodi on such devices. Cord Cutters News has talked with device manufacturers that sell Android devices promoting Kodi as a main reason to buy them and was told that device manufacturers may hire developers to ensure any updates Kodi will need to continue to work on Android will happen. If needed they may even fork their own version of Kodi so they continue to sell Android devices with Kodi but that seems to be a last resort.
Only time will tell what will happen, but for at least now the future of Kodi and Android is unknown.
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