If it wasn’t obvious yet, I think the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is hands-down the best budget streaming device on the market right now. At its current sale price of $34.99, it’s also among the best Black Friday deals you can get. If that doesn’t appeal to you, or if you’re already up to your neck in Fire TV devices and want to try something different, the Xiaomi Mi Box S is on sale for $49.99 at Walmart, which is the only place that sells it. If you’re curious about trying Android TV, this is the best entry device to get. The NVIDIA Shield TV is certainly the best Android TV device overall, but it does command a hefty price. If you add a Google Home Mini to your order of the Mi Box S, Walmart will knock off another $29 off the total, getting you the two devices for $69.99.
In the sadly neglected world of Android TV, the NVIDIA Shield TV remains the only impressive option for a set-top box running Google’s television operating system, but its daunting price is looking more and more antiquated as Amazon and Roku have lowered the 4K HDR media player entry point to below $50. Xiaomi is hoping to appeal to those looking for a more affordable Android TV media player with their slightly refreshed Mi Box S. Read more ›
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Some Xiaomi Mi Boxs are starting to receive a software update that updates the device to Android 8.0 Oreo. This is a relief to owners of the neglected Android TV set-top box because the device was still running Android 6.0, which is what it originally launched with in 2016. Despite a Mi Box update to Android 7.0 Nougat being stuck in beta for over a year, Xiaomi has surprised customers by skipping straight to Android 8.0 Oreo with this new update. The update appears to be a final version that is ready for all devices to receive, however, it seems like only past beta testers are currently receiving the update. Read more ›
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As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, I’ve been thinking of covering streaming media boxes other than the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a little more frequently than I have in the past, so I picked up a Xiaomi Mi Box and a Roku Express. I selected these two devices because I consider them to potentially be the best competitors to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, respectively. The Mi Box seems to have a decent set of specs and features without breaking the bank, which is a category the Fire TV dominates, and the Roku Express is a super cheap media streamer, which is a category the Fire TV Stick dominates. Covering these devices in relation to Fire TV devices is new territory for me, so I’m asking for your help and suggestions on what you’d like to see from me regarding non-Fire TV streaming devices. Read more ›
Xiaomi Mi Box, the latest streaming box that runs official Android TV, is expected to be officially released on October 10th. The device began unexpectedly appearing on Walmart shelves last week ahead of its official release date, which has not been announced yet. An AFTVnews reader has informed me that Walmart’s checkout registers have been updated to not allow the device to be purchased until October 10th, so it seems that may be the official release date. Read more ›
Xiaomi’s 4K capable Android TV Mi Box has made its way to Walmart store shelves ahead of its scheduled release date. The most surprising thing is the previously unknown price. At just $69, it’s now the least expensive 4K streaming box running an official version of Android TV. The Mi Box was announced at Google I/O earlier this year as the 4th member of the Android TV family of devices, but really it’s the only one you should be considering other than the NVIDIA Shield TV, since the Forge TV and Nexus Player are dead in the water. The Mi Box features a quad-core 2Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. One of its biggest advantages over the Fire TV 2, other than the lower price and HDR support, is its ability to play 4K UHD UltraViolet content through a VUDU app. Huge thanks to Trent for the heads up and for providing the above images!
Xiaomi has announced that they’ll be bringing an updated version of their Mi Box settop box to US customers later this year. The updated device will be similar to their current model, but most importantly will now run Android TV, making it the fourth official Android TV settop box to be released. The new Mi Box will feature 4K video support at 60fps through an HDMI 2.0a port. It will also be capable of HDR, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS surround sound. The box will come with a Bluetooth voice remote, while an optional game controller, which appears to be identical to their existing game controller, will be sold separately. Read more ›