Xiaomi has released Android 9 Pie for its Mi Box S media player. The update also includes the Amazon Prime Video app, which had been missing, as well as bug fixes.
Android 9 for Xiaomi Mi Box S
Like the Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi's Mi Box S now runs Android 9 - also known as Pie. The public release of the update arrives after a beta version was issued late last year.
After Android 8 Oreo introduced a revamped home screen, Android 9 includes mostly bug and performance fixes. Google recently released Android 10 for TVs but it has yet to reach any TV devices.
The update also brings the Amazon Prime Video app to Xiaomi's Mi Box S. After a period of exclusivity, Amazon has made the app widely available for Android TV-based devices but manufacturers must still update their devices to support it. In addition, the update includes Google's latest security patches as of November 2019.
In addition, users are reporting that the update fixes Netflix 5.1 surround output via optical and corrects button mapping when a Sony DualShock 4 is paired to the box. Some users are reporting issues with Chromecast after the update, but these issues can seemingly be fixed by clearing cache.
The previous versions of the Mi Box have not received the Android 9 update.
Android updates for TV devices have generally been slow to arrive or completely absent for some devices. Last year, Google told its partners that it has made it a priority to reduce fragmentation in both hardware and software. It also outlined plans to bring Google Stadia and more ads to Android TVs.
The Xiaomi Mi Box S is available in the US for $60 and in the UK for £56.
- Source: reddit