Introduction

So you got your shiny new Android-based player and you’re enjoying your experience thus far. However, you find your player going slower and slower the longer you use it or maybe installing that ‘must have’ app causes you to crash every other button press. Eventually, you find yourself having to factory reset your player just to keep it running at a decent speed (or to run at all). You resign yourself to set aside your Christmas bonus for a new player….

Wetek Play 2
Wetek Play 2

Or maybe not! One alternative for your Android player woes would be to completely bypass Android and install just KODI. KODI is one of the main reasons why Android-based players are so popular – KODI plays your media files and supports add-ons that enhance your viewing experience. It also lets you stream content online, both free and paid (It also searches for movie information, subtitles, has a great remote… but I digress – I’ll cover this in another article).

Unless you use Facebook on your player or play games on it a lot, KODI is pretty much everything you need to watch movies or TV shows. If this is the case, there’s an operating system that allows you run KODI and only KODI (with all its add-ons of course).

Enter LibreELEC

LibreELEC (Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a Linux-based operating system that is designed to run KODI. Everything unnecessary is taken out and this results in a faster, more stable experience. Now, why would you want to use LibreELEC instead of the stock Android you have on your WeTek? Here are some reasons:

1. Simplicity

By stripping out everything you do not need to run Kodi, you end up dealing with fewer menus, fewer icons and fewer settings (which can possibly conflict or override each other). You turn on your player and voila! You load Kodi with your favourite Kodi skin, ready to play your favourite shows.

Kodi Home Screen
Kodi Home Screen

It also helps that teaching your friends or loved ones to use the player will be a simpler task – no more hunting for the Kodi shortcut, or not more annoying dynamic homepage screens that seem to shift around your icons every time you press the home button.

2. Speed

Race Car Cockpit
Race Car Cockpit

Just as you strip everything but the engine, four tires, the steering wheel, your racing seat (and a prayer) to make your race car faster, getting rid of all the unnecessary app, both installed and ones running in the background, will make your player run faster and more responsive. The less time you spend waiting for stuff to load, the more time you spend enjoying your home entertainment.

3. Less OS = Less Issues

Conflicts and crashes are a fact of life when dealing with complex operating systems like Android (never mind Windows). So, the less of the OS you have to deal with, the better for your sanity. Just as your player will run faster with less stuff on the background, you also reduce the chance of stuff crashing and breaking with less stuff to break.

Blue Screen of Death
Blue Screen of Death

4. More Resources

Resource Comparison Between Android and LibreELEC
Resource Comparison Between Android and LibreELEC

Ever since we had to deal with computers, whether on the desktop, a laptop or the phone you’re using, we had to deal with hardware limits – whether brought about by technology (Remember the good old days of having to get by with 640 Kilobytes of RAM :D), cost (not everyone can afford 256 GB of onboard storage :() or design constraints (we all heard of silly reasons why they just can’t put MicroSD slots on your favourite feature phone – but they really just want you to use the cloud storage solution they have inside their walled garden).Another fact of life is that we can’t really have as much RAM as we’d really want. Well, waste not, want not – by stripping unneeded apps, you remove the need for more RAM, or, at least, have what you have put to better use.

5. Dual Bootable

I’ve saved the best for last — On the WeTek, you have the flexibility of either installing LibreELEC on a MicroSD card or installing it directly on the player. Using a MicroSD allows you to go back and forth between Android and LibreELEC easily (with a literal button press). This pretty much lets you try it out with no permanent effect on your player – your operating system, with all its apps and settings, are safely untouched, ready for you to pick up where you left off (unless you leave it for good :D).

LibreELEC on micro SD
LibreELEC on micro SD

Now if we had a list of the top ten things you’d really rather not do, I bet installing an operating system will be up there along with having a root canal performed or going to get your license renewed (I especially love the part where you pay for license cards that you don’t get anyway, but I digress again). The good news is, installing LibreELEC is actually pretty easy. How easy? You can see for yourself by following instructions here.

I hope I’ve convinced you to consider trying out LibreELEC on your WeTek. Worst comes to worst, you can always drop by the shop and have us do the (not so) heavy lifting. We’ll be more than happy to assist 🙂 You can always drop us a line on our Facebook page if you have more questions or use the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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