Apparently, Xiaomi is getting into the update game with their Android 9 Pie update for several Android TVs and Mi Boxes. The manufacturer just released stable Android 9 Pie update for the Mi Box S and the Mi TV 4 series (available in select countries only). The Mi Box 3, however, became quite popular at launch and is still available in several households across the globe. We have good news for all the Mi Box 3 users out there. The Android 9 Pie firmware update is under development and will soon be released.
We came across a post from one of the Admins at the Mi Box Facebook Group regarding Android 9 Pie update for Mi Box S and the same coming to the Mi Box 3. Now, the moderators claims that they are in contact with the software developers at Xiaomi. The devs are looking into the existing problems with the Android 9 update for the Mi Box S. The moderators also claim that the older generation Mi Box 3 will also get the Android 9 pie OTA update soon. Checkout the notice yourself.
This means good news not only for the Mi Box 3 users, but also for the Mi Box S users as the Xiaomi developers will look into fixing the existing Android 9 firmware for their Android boxes. While there is no estimate as to when the Pie update for the Mi Box 3 will arrive, we may expect the beta to begin anytime soon; if that ever happens. We may also receive the stable Pie update directly once the bugs from Mi Box S are addresses.
As we already know, Android Oreo update for the Mi Box 3 came last year and jumped from Marshmallow. The upcoming update will feature all the Android 9 Pie goodies and features like reading and writing over USB, new settings menu user interface (similar to other Pie devices), USB audio, new UI for volume keys, a screenshot shortcut, and more. You can also enjoy all the latest entertainment and streaming services like Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime, Spotify, YouTube, and almost any app you can find on the Play Store. Plus, Mi Box 3 will also support Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the newly added Disney+ app.
Here are some of the new features that came to the Mi Box S with Android 9 Pie update:
- 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
- Fixed frontal light automatically on/off after suspend.
- Fixed system language change automatically
- Integrated the latest GTVS
However, despite the 3 beta update for the Mi Box S, some users are facing issues with Bluetooth, voice search, Gboard, lag, etc. We will keep this post updated with more updates. So stay tuned!