Yesterday it was announced that the new Purple Haze build for KODI would be available to download for your device. It’s a build that Jordan, AKA @iJ0rd8n has been working on for a while now and as it’s his first KODI build, I must say it’s pretty good. Being a massive fan of the colour purple, this build seemed like it would be right down my ally, so I thought I would give it a try and have installed it on a Prometheus HTPC which of course is running OPENELEC.
Ascetically it’s a very appealing build, full of really stunning images which seem to fit in well with the theme. Easy to see that a lot of care has gone into picking the right style of wallpapers to make the build really pop.
As Purple Haze is running on the highly popular and very slick AEON MQ 6 skin as the base, you can immediately see the fluidity of the build. It’s also nice to see that the new widget feature in AEON MQ 6 is being used well. It may be just me, however I am all for detail and seeing that the font colours in the widgets match with the ‘purple’ haze theme is a real bonus.
One thing that I am not to sure about and it’s something that I have seen popping up on a lot of custom builds is this desire to change the font colour of the first letter of titles on the navigation. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty cool and yes it shows a level of customisation. However, in my opinion it makes the navigation really hard to read at times and is unnecessary. My opinion, some may like it.
All in all, it’s a simple build with a highly appealing look to it. Jordan has done a good job in incorporating just enough into it so that it’s not overly complicated for new KODI users, and is not too basic for those with experience and ability to build on Purple Haze with new add-ons etc. For a first attempt, it’s very good and certainly worth checking out guys. From what we understand, it took him about 3 hours to construct the build from the ground up all the way to a downloadable version. So on that note, hats off to Jordan for the hard work, certainly looking forward to future builds, or possibly a Purple Haze v2…