The Chinese company Xiaomi has participated at Google I/O, where it announced that its 4K Mi Box is soon to come to the U.S. market.
According to Digital Trends, the new set-top box from Xiaomi, the 4K Mi Box, is an Android TV device that features support for Google's Cast standard, Bluetooth remote with voice activation and 4K video playback. The support for Ultra HD is a first for Xiaomi's Mi Box line of media streamers.
Voice commands are parsed by Google's dedicated search app. The Mi Box's Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible music, photo and video apps available on Android and iOS.
Xiaomi's 4K Mi Box will ship with the newest version of Android, the Android N. It features playback of High Dynamic Range, APIs for live video recording and content picture-in-picture support. The platform is gaining apps from a diverse range of content partners such as ESPN, CNN, Disney and Comedy Central.
The 4K Mi Box features a USB port, an HDMI outport and an AV port. The device will ship alongside a game pad accessory. It will arrive in the U.S.' market later this year. The price is not disclosed yet.
According to the website 4k.com, the number of specific device offerings in the growing market for Ultra HD 4K set-top box technology is increasing almost monthly. Various streaming content platforms are being attached to the new set-top boxes. Xiaomi's 4K Mi Box is just the latest example of two converging trends.
Earlier versions of the box were available only overseas and offered only Full HD support. The new 4K Mi Box will offer not only 4K content but it will also run on the Google Android TV platform when it will ship to American customers soon.
The 4K Mi Box from Xiaomi is a partnership with Google and its Android gaming and TV streaming media platform. The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi will deliver Google Cast and Android TV to users' homes.