Hello and highly welcome to the June 2017 edition of beloved Apollo Build Kodi roundup. The previous month, we took a look at one of the greatest builds around: Cellar Door TV. Well, the build we’re currently highlighting isn’t as quite pretty, but it’s definitely huge.
Apollo is much bigger than Cellar Door TV and has a whole lot more App. But, it also isn’t as polished.
If you are eager to see what the new Krypton edition of Apollo is like, although you’re not sure if you’re willing to download it yet, just keep reading. This in-depth review will tell you everything you need to know before you try it out.
BEFORE WE PROCEED
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BEFORE YOU INSTALL APOLLO…
Apollo is nearly 750 megabytes in all, and it’s large enough for a build. The majority of Apollo Kodi Build 2017 are less than 250 megabytes. If you’re running Kodi on a mobile device or on an Android box, you may want to opt to use a smaller build.
Additionally, Apollo is not as easy to utilize compared to Cellar Door TV as well as other builds catering to Kodi newcomers. But if you read the descriptions for each menu screen that we’ve added to this review, you won’t get lost.
WHAT’S NEW IN APOLLO?
It’s been a long time since we last gave Apollo an in-depth review. Many things have changed in this build since we looked at this stuff months ago, with the key difference being that Apollo’s menu system has faced a big makeover.
Previous versions of Apollo were extremely CPU intensive. Now, you don’t need a top-of-the-line machine to run Apollo anymore. In fact, the new Krypton version of Apollo is surprisingly quick.
Keep in mind that performance might vary depending on your equipment. I used a Macbook Pro from 2012 to check out Apollo and it worked just fine when I was testing it out. However, multitasking did suffer a bit– especially on pages with widgets and lots of submenu buttons.
LESS MENU PAGES, BUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF APP
If you’ve ever made use of one of the older versions of Apollo, you might remember its seemingly endless number of menus as well as submenus.
Since then, its maze-like interface has been simplified a bit. However, it still offers 23 separate pages to explore, while individual pages still feature tons of submenu buttons. For example, the movies page has over 50 buttons. Each button leads to an addon or links to a content list.
APOLLO’S MAIN MENU PAGES
The makers of Apollo made up their mind to go with a more streamlined design. There aren’t as many background images and widgets, though there are still quite a few on some of the bigger pages.
Keep reading for screenshots of each of Apollo’s menu pages, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out how to install it.
As Apollo’s huge size is what makes this build special, it really makes sense to start on the App menu page when you launch Apollo for the first time.
Clicking directly on where it says “addons” will take you into Kodi’s addon management screen. You can also get the video, music and program App by simply clicking the submenu bar.
If you’re in the mood to explore, a nice place to start would be exactly video App. Just about every add-on that we’ve covered here at AddonHQ can be found via Apollo’s video addon menu.
The system page is stuffed with all the submenus you might actually expect. You can delete your packages and cache, perform a fresh start and do some other technical things with your Kodi via the submenu.
Additionally, Apollo’s system page allows you to access Ares Wizard and the 2.1 Wizard. 2.1 Wizard allows you to quickly switch into different builds. If you download a build via the 2.1 Wizard, you don’t require going through the naughty process of providing a verification PIN code. But if you download a build via Ares Wizard, you have to verify.
This menu is simple enough, but handy for when you want to rapidly shut down or logout of Kodi.
Apollo’s music menu page is extremely deep. Most builds don’t have much to offer as far as music goes, but the collection of music App that you’ll find via this menu are actually quite good.
For example, via YouMusic you are free to discover catchy music video playlists like “visually stunning,” “global discoveries,” etc. In addition to YouMusic, there are 23 other music App you can check out via the submenu.
The enormous amount of App linked to in this page’s submenu bar will probably keep your children busy until they reach adulthood. There are 37 different submenu buttons in all and each of them opens up a different kids-centric addon or list.
This page features links to selected British and American standup specials, rifftracks and more. Most of the content here you can also get on YouTube, although on YouTube acts are often divided up into several segments. Streams of shows that you’ll encounter via this page contain the entire act.
Evidently, the submenu bar that you’ll spot on this page seems to go on forever. There are 52 movie App in all. The two best ones of the bunch are Specto and Exodus. You’ll almost always be able to find what you want via those two, but if you like to look at themed playlists or find links to little-known flicks the others might also come in handy.
The given menu seems to be under construction, although it looks like it’s meant to be a space for HD streams. There seems to be no search option here, and some of the links don’t work. You have to browse the thumbnails alphabetically to find the title you want.
Apollo’s TV Shows page doesn’t resemble slick looking CellarDoor TV’s. You can’t read plot info before you fire up a stream. You can, however, choose from 32 different TV App.
Bob is a TV and movies add-on with a personal touch. Unlike the most popular streaming App, Bob provides handpicked content lists as well as “boxset” anthologies of popular franchises.
Like Bob, Evolve features curated lists of movies and TV shows. However, unlike Bob, multiple folks help to craft its playlists. Each Evolve contributor has a unique nickname. The nicknames are derived from the Evolve video game. You can check out the playlists that Evolve’s contributors have created by clicking on the yellow widget labeled “listers”. Or, you can just browse by clicking on one of the other widgets.
Apollo makes things a much easier for anybody who’s eager to utilize Phoenix. You can get to all of Phoenix’s best lists and avoid its abandoned sections by clicking the submenus on the bottom of Apollo’s Phoenix menu page.
The UK Turk add-on used to be popular enough, but many of its menus currently produce tons of errors. There’s no clear reason for UK Turk to be featured on a main menu page, but it’s there for those who want to use it.
If you’re searching for “college humor” content, you can get it via Vortex. Videos you might find here include compilations of epic fails, rock concert footage, parkour stunt reels and more.
In a way, Metalliq is kind of like an addon for App. Instead of surfing the web for content, Metalliq searches your other Kodi App and utilizes their sources for links.
Note: If you’re curious to know more about Metalliq, read: Metalliq Kodi Addon – How to Install Metalliq on Kodi
As follows from its name, this page has lots of links to documentary films. Topics include famous crimes and murders, conspiracy theories, environmental issues, history and more.
This page seems to be a place for live sports App, although the selection here is quite weak. The focus here is on a odd mix of sports including dart throwing competitions, professional wrestling and UK soccer.
The best thing about this page is probably the FilmOn button in the submenu. Years ago, FilmOn was one of the first websites to stream TV channels live over the web. However, FilmOn doesn’t welcome Kodi streamers because Kodi automatically cuts out their banner ads as well as popups. To block Kodi users, FilmOn periodically changes its site around in order to prevent App from accessing it. Despite this, whoever designed the FilmOn addon featured in the submenu was able to develop some kind of workaround. The FilmOn addon worked just fine when I tried it out.
Other worthy live TV App featured here include ZemTV and Pro Sport. There’s also a broken button for the defunct Kodi addon Navi-X that recently shut down because of legal issues.
One242415 is one of the few well-maintained sections of Phoenix. The widgets on Apollo’s One242415 page boast a unique collection of themed lists. If you are bored and have no idea what to watch, they’re worth a look.
This section has our favorite sports addon Pro Sport along with 9 other sports / live TV App.
Many exercise videos that you can spot via this page on Apollo come with complete workout regimens. There are also free clips from YouTube thrown into the mix as well.
There are three favorites systems you can use with Apollo: Playlist Loader, PleXMBC and PVR IPTV Simple Client. All three systems seem a little complex and difficult to figure out, which is probably why most users employ Trakt to save their favorite streams when making use of Kodi.
As mentioned above, Trakt is by far the most popular bookmaking system for Kodi 3rd party video App. If you like to utilize Trakt with Kodi, just login via this page.
Note: As the privacy and file sharing blog TorrentFreak has recently pointed out, using Trakt with Kodicould theoretically attract the attention of copyright holders.
Normally VOD stands for “Video On Demand.” However, the only type of content, which you will get on the Apollo-VOD page is music. The submenu button “Subsonic Music” takes you to a menu that features music from a handful of different indie musicians and bands.
HOW TO INSTALL APOLLO ON KODI
The best way to obtain Apollo is to employ Ares Wizard. Once you get Ares Wizard, installing Apollo is just a matter of clicking a few buttons. All you have to do is open up Ares Wizard and jump over to builds. Apollo is listed at green on the top of the menu. Because Apollo is a featured build, you’ll have to get a PIN code to download it.
The PIN code is free of charge, however, you’ll have to look at a banner ad in order to figure out what it is. It also changes every 5 to 10 minutes.
A DETAILED ARES WIZARD INSTALLATION GUIDE (FOR BEGINNERS)
If you don’t have Ares Wizard yet, you should follow the guide below and install it on your Kodi. Ares Wizard is free and extremely easy to use, plus it enables you to access all kinds of Kodi software.
For a long guide with screenshots and detailed instructions, read: How to Install the Ares Wizard on Kodi – Ares Wizard Kodi Addon
A SHORT ARES WIZARD INSTALLATION GUIDE (FOR PROS)
If you don’t have Ares Wizard at hand, simply go to repo.aresproject.com/magic/repository.aresproject and download the repo file repository.aresproject.zip. Once you’ve got the zip for the repo, you can install it from within Kodi via install from zip. Then, got to the Ares Project repository and install the Ares Wizard via install from repository.