I have been using the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 for nearly two years now. The device is one of the most popular streaming boxes around and has since seen a successor in the name of the Mi Box S.
Even better is that, the Mi Box 3 is going strong, having received a series of updates over the years.
It was first launched with Android TV 6 Marshmallow. The current units are running Android TV 8 Oreo that was seeded in 2018. Nothing has since changed ever since, but I suspect that the manufacturer wanted people to buy the Mi Box S that has Android TV 9 Pie before bringing focus back to the Mi Box 3.
Word has it that the update scenario is about to change. A section of users who were lucky to enroll in a beta program have been testing a beta version of Android TV 9 Pie. The program is at its capacity, so there isn’t much we can do for the moment in terms of testing it out.
Xiaomi has not released an update roadmap, but we believe a wider roll-out will be dispatched in the next couple of weeks.
There is Android TV 10 out there, but the majority of us can do just fine with Android TV Pie for the moment.
Should the Mi Box 3 get it in a timely manner, then there is no need to pick the Mi Box S.
Unfortunately, we do not have a comprehensive changelog as of now. We just hope Xiaomi will fix the Google Assistant that is terrible on the 3, as well as make the experience a little bit faster.