Rumor: Xiaomi planning to release an Android-powered smart TV
Chinese start-up Xiaomi has hit the headlines a bit over the past few months with the launch of the quad-core M2 and, most recently, their Android set-top box. Now, according to unnamed sources, Xiaomi is looking to produce a feature packed Android smart TV.
Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched its first attempt to invade Chinese homes with the all new Xiaomi TV set-top box. The Android-powered media device went on limited sale at just 299 Yuan ($48), with features including Apple Airplay support, free video streaming, and a dedicated PopCap gaming channel.
Details are still unconfirmed, but it seems the pebble shaped home media center could be a tentative first step towards the launch of a fully featured Android smart TV. The smart TV would likely be manufactured by Foxconn along with Xiaomi’s phones and will integrate with the Chinese company’s recently launched store and video streaming apps.
Adding a smart TV to Xiaomi’s product line would make logical business sense, and revenue made from renting and selling content through the household device could be used to keep hardware prices to a minimum.
While rumors are hotting up, the likelihood of Xiaomi launching their smart TV platform in the near future are pretty dim, as regulatory issues are currently plaguing the current set top box’s media services.