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.
With this software update, the Mi Box becomes the second Android TV device to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, after Google’s own Nexus Player. The NVIDIA Shield TV, the most popular Android TV box, is still running Android 7.0. NVIDIA has chosen not to update to the new OS due to a lack of apps that support the new home screen launcher that was added in Android 8.0 Oreo.
While an update of any kind is great for Mi Box owners, it’s unknown at this point how much care has been put into this update, so exercise caution before installing the update. Some users are reporting issues where their remotes won’t connect to the device after receiving this update. Xiaomi notes a known issue with this update that introduces audio noise before pairing the Bluetooth remote.
Thanks TechyChris for the heads up!