Hugo Barra teases Xiaomi involvement in Google I/O this year

By Shrey Pacheco | Published on May 17 2016
Hugo Barra teases Xiaomi involvement in Google I/O this year

It is speculated that the company may launch a new Mi Box or a Mi TV powered by Google’s Android TV OS at the event

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Xiaomi’s Global Vice President, Hugo Barra, has tweeted that the company will be a part of Google I/O. In the tweet he said, “Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16.” The accompanying image seems to show the volume button of a remote control along with a click wheel. The buttons resemble those found on the remote for Xiaomi’s Mi Box TV. It is speculated that the company unveil a new Mi Box, or maybe even Mi TV that is powered by Google’s Android TV OS.

The Mi Box is Xiaomi’s set-top box that allows users to view content from streaming apps from Android, iOS or the PC. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and runs a forked version of Android v4.2. However, the Mi Box as well as the Mi TVs are currently only available in China. Google I/O is scheduled to begin tomorrow and we will learn more about what Xiaomi has in store for us at the event. Besides Xiaomi’s announcement, Google is also expected to unveil its new Android N OS, as well as an upgraded variant of the Nexus 6P at the event.

Shrey Pacheco

Writer, gamer, and hater of public transport.

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