Original Mi Box S Gets Upgraded To Android TV 12

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Owners of Xiaomi’s original Mi Box S might have noticed that a new update has rolled out to their device over the past few days, and it’s a big one.


The original Mi Box S was released back in 2018 and has been stuck on Android 9 for some time now. That update to Pie was released back in early 2020 and as a re-release following issues with the original release.

Now, however, the original Mi Box S is in the process of jumping straight from Android 9 to Android 12. A number of users have reported the update arriving on their Android TV devices over the past few days, seemingly confirming that it is now in the process of rolling out widely.


For those that have yet to see the update arrive on their device, it is worth noting that some users are reporting problems with it. Various Reddit threads, including this one, this one, and this one, highlight a number of issues that users have encountered after applying the Android 12 update.

For those wondering, this is not an update that upgrades Android TV to Google TV, but it is an update which adds many of the features and design points implemented within Google TV.

Android 12 is currently the most recent version of Android TV in stable form. As confirmed earlier this year, Android TV 13 is being skipped in favor of a jump to Android TV 14. Currently available in beta, the stable version of Android 14 is expected to arrive either later this year or early next year.


When it comes to the original Mi Box S, however, it doesn’t look like an Android TV 14 update will be on the table. As Android TV Guide explains on X, the current Android 12 update that’s now rolling out is expected to be the last for the Amlogic S905X SoC inside the original Mi Box S.

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