Xiaomi is working on an Android TV upgrade for the four-year-old Mi Box. Beta program participants have already received the upgrade. It is not yet known when other users of the Mi Box will get the upgrade to Android Pie.
The update does not state which changes have been made. According to the sources, there are no major changes as of yet, just that the Android settings menu has changed. According to Android Authority, Android TV 9 works better on low-end devices than version number 8, the setup process is simplified, and the operating system can be handle with Autofill passwords.
It is therefore not clear when the Android upgrade will come to regular users. Xiaomi showed the media player for the first time in 2016. At that time the device was shipped with Android 6 Marshmallow. Later, the media player was upgraded to Android 8 Oreo. The Xiaomi Mi Box was on sale for 94 euros, last March.
The Xiaomi Mi Box was the first Android product that Xiaomi had officially sold outside of Asia. The Mi Box has a soc with four Cortex A53 cores and a Mali 450 GPU, 2GB memory and 8GB storage. The media player can show 4k images at 60fps. The device can handle HDR, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS.