It seems that Google wants to get serious with the Android TV system, so we will soon see Android 9 Pie in many official devices. According to Google, there are several test models running this system under development.
When is it Coming?
Google stated that the Android TV system based on Android 9 Pie will be mandatory from December 2018 for all Android TV-certified products; a move that ensures the integration of Project Treble on all their devices. Using this method, Google will be able to launch updates without relying on software from the end manufacturers. The system will be available for download in the official version soon. The official support is only for Google-associated devices.
Low-Cost TV Boxes
The unofficial low-cost TV-Boxes will continue to depend on the output of firmware updated by the manufacturers, still Treble will make it easier to update these too. According to the IBC announcement Amlogic is avoiding updating Oreo products in order to jump directly to Pie.
Google says that Android TV 9 Pie will feature webcam default support for video conferencing and security systems, as well as support for the PS4 Dualshock Gamepad.
You may be wondering what Google’s main drive is here. With the increased interest in TV Boxes and Smart TV’s, Google and its platform partners may look to grab the chance to monetize much more content and therefore gain more benefits by implementing Google Assistant.
What happened to Xiaomi Mi Box S
Google’s attempts to implement Android TV 9 Pie in all models have caused the delayed launch of the new Xiaomi Mi Box S, a renewed version of the current Xiaomi Mi Box International. The only change is the external design level as well as the Netflix button option. This model is expected to come on the market maybe with Android TV 9 by default trying to avoid all the problems introduced by the Android Oreo update.