Hi everyone, in this article we will show you how to update Mi Box to Android Nougat. When Xiaomi announced the Mi Box, it was expected that it would launch with Android Nougat. While that didn’t happen, it was expected that there would be an OTA update for the Android TV box soon. Now, finally, some users have seen beta versions of Nougat being pushed to their Android TVs, you can easily use a android tv. So, without further delay, let’s get started.
Do you remember the Xiaomi Mi Box? The Android TV box already announced during Google I/O 2016? The box that should ship with Android Nougat, or at least get a Nougat update soon after release? Well, it’s been months since the device was announced (nearly 6 months to date, but who’s counting?) and we still don’t know when an official Android Nougat update will be released. However, earlier this month, users who were part of Xiaomi’s beta testing program reported receiving an update to a beta version of Android Nougat. And today, the same beta version seems to have been released on our forums for all Mi Box owners to download.
The file posted on our forum is a 449.5 MB update.zip file. To install it, users need to download the file to a USB stick and plug it into the Mi Box. The user should then reboot into recovery mode by turning off the device and unplugging the power, then holding down the back and middle buttons while turning the device back on. Once in the recovery mode, the user can install the update from the external storage and then select their USB flash drive
How to Update Mi Box to Android Nougat
Install Nougat on My Box
Fortunately, the update file that brings Android Nougat to Mi Box is free to download. Before you can update your Mi Box, you must first download the “update.zip” file from here and then copy it to a USB stick. Once you have done that, you can proceed to install the update on your Mi Box. Just follow the steps below:
- First, turn on the Mi Box and plug in the USB drive. Once the Mi Box detects that the unit has been plugged in, unplug the Mi Box from power.
- Next, on the Mi Box Remote, press and hold the “Back” and “Ok” buttons, and then connect the Mi Box to power.
- The Mi Box will boot into recovery mode. In the menu, use your remote to select the option that says “Apply update from EXT.”
- Then select “Update from udisk”.
- You will be able to see all the files inside the USB stick, just select “update.zip”
- Mi Box will start to install the update.
- Once the update has been installed, simply select “Reboot system now”.
Changes in Android Nougat
When your Mi Box starts up, Android Nougat will be running. Since this is not the stable version, there may be some bugs and issues. However, there were no reports of major damage. In this beta version of Android Nougat for Mi Box there are not even many changes. Here are some of the changes you’ll see:
- The settings page has been revamped and now follows the style that brought Android Nougat to mobile devices. However, it doesn’t make good use of screen real estate on a big-screen TV, which is strange. Maybe they will fix it in the next versions.
- Users now have the option to customize HDMI-CEC settings from the Settings page.
- Live channels also get Picture-in-Picture mode with the new update.
- Things that don’t work in Android Nougat TV Beta:
- HDR does not work on Netflix.
- Automatic refresh rate switching also doesn’t work.
Easily upgrade your Mi Box to Android Nougat
If you’re like me and can’t wait to get your hands on the latest updates, you probably don’t want to wait for the update to install on your Mi Box. Well, with this guide you can easily install Android Nougat beta on your Mi Box and explore all the new features of the (yet) unreleased Android Nougat for Xiaomi Mi Box. There are a lot of new things to discover, but there are also some bugs. So make sure you know what you are doing before installing beta versions on your Mi Box.
We hope you enjoy our article about the Mi Box update to Android Nougat. Xiaomi Mi Box owners have been wondering for months when the Android Nougat update for their device would hit the market. Although this Nougat beta build has not been released by Xiaomi, Mi Box owners can at least start using some Nougat features right now. So, if you like our article, please share it.