With the affordable Xiaomi Mi Box S, one of the most affordable ways to get Android TV in your living room is. Now that device is getting a pretty huge update. Xiaomi appears to roll out to some Mi Box S users a beta update that brings the Amazon Prime Video app.
Earlier this year, Google and Amazon announced a deal that finally brought Prime Video to Chromecast and Android TV, but the latter situation is a bit complicated. Earlier this year, we confirmed that Prime Video will require an update to each Android TV device to deliver the app, rather than a widespread download. It’s a shame, but Xiaomi’s stepping up at least.
Reddit users (via @AndroidTV Rumor) say that for some Mi Box S users delivering Android Pie, a beta update is now available. Over the past year, Pie has been rolling slowly to Android TV devices, with Nvidia’s Shield TV receiving it notably just a couple of months ago.
Of course, the biggest change here is Prime Video’s arrival, but a partial change log reveals a few additional changes that Xiaomi has added. This includes read / write over USB, a new Settings menu UI (present on other Pie devices), USB audio, new volume UI, a shortcut to screenshot, and more. Here are some of these changes pictured.
It’s unclear when Xiaomi plans to roll out Android Pie to all Mi Box S users with Prime Video access, and it’s unknown whether the original Mi Box will receive the same update.