#Google has just announced its partnership with #Xiaomi to bring the Mi Box to the United States. This will be running #AndroidTV on board and will be equipped with all the new Android features that were shown off by Google earlier today, including Daydream. The American Mi Box will not be any different from the Chinese model in terms of internal hardware (we assume), but with the software doing most of the work here, that’s not much of a concern.
Users will be able to browse through content from the Play Store, just like any other Android TV console. We mention this specifically because Xiaomi devices in China do not support Google Play Services and hence lack the Play Store, but since the device is making its way to the U.S., those “restrictions” are being lifted somewhat.
Also new with this particular variant of the Mi Box is the support for the HDMI 2.0a standard that will supposedly be compatible with FandangoNOW, Netflix, YouTube and the likes. This is supposed to enhance the way you consume HDTV content going forward. This feature will only be available once Android N goes commercial, though.
The Mi Box will come with a quad-core CPU (Cortex-A53), 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via full sized USB flash drive). Accompanying this particular device will be a Bluetooth powered remote to control the UI from the convenience of your couch. Pricing and launch details remain unavailable as of now.
Via: GSM Arena