Sony Accepts - It Was Accidentally Blocking Kodi Android TV App, Fix Coming

Sony Says it will Fix Kodi problem In Its Next software Update.Sony has confirmed it's working on a fix to what's currently a known Kodi issue for users of its android TV platform. The fix is expected to become available soon and will be distributed by inclusion in an upcoming OTA update sent directly to devices.
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Around half week ago we reported that Sony appeared to be blocking the installation of Kodi — the occasionally maligned media-streaming platform — on some of its recent android TVs. whereas there's an effective block in place, we're told by Sony that it was an accident, and the next software update for affected platforms will deliver a fix.
Kodi is one of the most well-liked home-streaming services that's legal to buy and watch free content. However, once users started installing special third-party add-ons to stream copyrighted movies and tv shows, it earned itself a bad piracy-associated reputation.
Despite the bad name, Kodi still remains popular with the public. looking at its increased popularity, even Sony electronics actively promoted Kodi on its website and recommended users of its android TVs to download Kodi to access add-ons.
Sony reached out to United States with the following comment:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. when looking into the issue further, we’ve discovered a software system issue on our end that's incorrectly classifying Kodi as a kernel object (“ko”). we are acting on a fix for this issue to include in our next software update.
This actually showing neatness ties in with claims that had previously been made by Sony android TV device owners. Through the Kodi forums, where the issues first raised its head, users noted they were able to get the app to work by changing the corresponding package ID. Therefore Sony’s claims there was an identification issue marry well with those user reports.
If you are a developer (or a more extreme android enthusiast), you'll be able to probably see how the error cropped up. for everyone else, the simple version is that Sony's software was looking at the package name, incorrectly seeing it as a linux kernel object (due to its *.ko package name), and refusing to install. This also explains why folks in the Kodi forum were able to work around the restriction by changing the ID at build time.
Irrespective of the reasoning, an update is now confirmed as in the works so anyone experiencing the problem, and who haven't opted to make use of one of the name-changed versions of the app circling on the Kodi forums, ought to expect the app to work as intended once the update has arrived.
The even simpler version is that this was just an causeless bug that Sony plans on fixing — though the mechanism behind this bug does not instill a whole heap of confidence in Sony's software prowessˢᵃᵐˢᵘⁿᵍ ᵏᵒᵈᶦ ᵏᵒᵈᶦ ᵇᵒˣ ʰᵒʷ ᵗᵒ ᶦⁿˢᵗᵃˡˡ ᵏᵒᵈᶦ ˡᵃᵗᵉˢᵗ ᵛᵉʳˢᶦᵒⁿ ᵒᶠ ᵏᵒᵈᶦ ᵏᵒᵈᶦ ᵗᵛ ˢᵘⁿⁿʸ ˡᵉᵒⁿ
If you are among those affected, you may have to wait for a fix, however it ought to be coming. Although Sony confirmed the update as coming back, it has not specified when it'll begin rolling out.