Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Xiaomi Mi Box S updated to Android TV 9 Pie

Xiaomi appears to be rolling out a beta update to some Mi Box S users, updating to the latest Android TV 9 Pie version, an update that is currently only available in its beta0 version for the beta tester channel, in the future it will be released for all users in the channel public. Interesting options have been added such as writing to USB drives, USB audio, new settings menus, extra audio options and screen capture, but it also has problems with Chromecast.

The OTA update with build number PI.2205 is currently being distributed only in the Xiaomi Mi Box S model and may not yet appear on all devices that are in the beta tester channel. As we can see in the list of changes, it surprises us with new audio settings with SPDIF selector and Dolby Digital Plus. We also have the Amazon Prime Video 4.13.4 installed in the system as standard, which works without the compatibility problems given by 4.13.13.

  • Reading and writing via USB.
  • New settings menu interface.
  • Audio via USB.
  • Special access for apps, such as overlap; Amazon Prime video as system app.
  • New interface when pressing the volume button.
  • Screenshot while holding on / off button pressed.
  • Options to manually select audio formats, such as Dolby Digital plus and AAC.

Know problems
  • Chromecast fails
  • Voice control fails
  • Slowness

If you've got a Mi Box S, you can express your interest in the beta here. If you'd rather do things yourself, there are instructions on how to download and install the beta manually on Reddit. Be warned, though: early reports suggest this build breaks Chromecast functionality.

The Xiaomi Mi Box S can be purchased at Gearbest for 52.60€/$59.39 using the coupon Elec including shipping:

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