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The Best Android Remote Control App for Kodi – Kore Software & Sites 29 APR 2015

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been running a XBMC (Kodi) media server at my house for quite some time now, and in fact, I just upgraded to the relatively recently renamed Kodi version of this venerable media server a couple of days ago.

Now although a wireless keyboard and mouse works perfectly fine for controlling the Kodi media server, sometimes you don’t really want to sit will all that bulk lying about your coffee table (not that I have one mind you), which is exactly where the cleverness of remote control apps come into play.

Sadly, the first iteration of the the official XBMC remote control Android app wasn’t a particularly well written, or well supported venture, meaning that the need and thus door for good apps was there – resulting in quite a few being written by enterprising individuals. Indeed, one of the standouts is/was Tolriq’s Yatse XBMC Remote, a fine piece of app development in its own right.

However, the newly refreshed Kodi team saw the lack of love for the official Android remote app and approached developer Synced Synapse with the request for their Kore remote app to become the Kodi project’s new official remote control app – and after downloading and playing with it for a day I can see why!

xbmc foundation kodi android remote control app kore

From the official download page, the Kore team describes the app as:

“Kore is a simple, easy to use and beautiful Kodi / XBMC remote that lets you control your media center from your Android device.

With Kore you can:


How to Upgrade from XBMCbuntu to KodiBuntu Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 28 APR 2015

I’ve been a fan of, and have been using XBMC (now known as Kodi) for a couple of years now, and if you aren’t yet familiar with this great media server project, then here’s the official blurb taken from their website:

“Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.”

kodi.tv xbmc media player on different devices

It is a great way of organising and watching media, can stream and be streamed to via UPnP, completely customisable in terms of theme and settings, supports a massive amount of media formats (movies, television, pictures, music and even supports PVR live TV functionality), and is extendable through a myriad of add-ons.

Anyway, I run an XBMCbuntu install on an old desktop machine sitting next to my 40 inch Samsung LCD television in the lounge, and seeing as it has been quite a while since I last updated the software, I thought I would take the jump and upgrade from XBMC to the newly renamed Kodi.

As it turns out, upgrading from a new-ish version of XBMCbuntu to the latest stable release of KodiBuntu is pretty simple.

First, fire up a terminal, either via SSH (if remote – as in my case), exiting XBMC and entering XBMCbuntu itself, or by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 to fire up a ‘virtual terminal’ on the machine itself.

From the terminal, run:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install kodi kodi-bin

Once all of that is completed, a simple restart should reveal the new Kodi instance running on your machine.


Side note though: If Kodi doesn’t startup when you switch on your machine, you need to make a change in the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf:

//change user-session=XBMC to

So ideally your lightdm.conf should now look something like this (obviously with your chosen username though):

xserver-command=/usr/bin/X -bs -nolisten tcp

Now restart the lightdm service:

sudo service lightdm restart

This seems to sort out the issue without fail.

(Also, if you’ve only ever run with the default but great Confluence skin on Kodi/XBMC, do yourself a favour and give Eminence a shot – what a fantastic looking theme!)

Related Link: http://kodi.tv/