A little progress support for anyone still interested. A lot of work has been done on making use of the latest (and less latest) improvements in the Kodi skinning engine making the code base a lot leaner. And more will be done in this area.
Especially the code base for the widgets system has been made much simpler and faster while not impacting functionality. It also opens up possibilities a much wider choice in widgets. Especially support for widgets using content from external add-ons has been greatly improved:
Also an improved weather widget which now scrolls through the upcoming days instead of being just one entry showing the current conditions:
The skin also supports weather fanart add-ons now, so installing weather fanart is easier than ever.
Homescreen backgrounds are now handled by the skin shortcuts add-ons in an effort to simplify this area. As a result, the option is now there to set a background image for individual menu entries. The usual option for fanart slideshow is still there too of course.
The new design for video information is pretty much finalised and this design has been carried over to the album / artist info screens as well as the add-on information screen.
And more obviously.