Ever wonder what goes on inside your Android TV box?
I mean really inside it.
Each Android TV box has its own specific set of software, called the firmware. Like any piece of technology, it’s important to keep it updated. Android TV boxes usually come with the latest firmware versions that are available. The trouble is, that Android TV box firmware can become out of date as fast as you can say “Google Update.”
Some manufacturers are going to be better than others about updating their device’s firmware. I think it sucks when I buy something and find that there’s no tech support after the sale. Part of setting up your Android TV box is to make sure its got the latest firmware.
So I’ve put together a list of all the major Android TV box manufacturers complete with all of their models and a link to their latest firmware. I’ve also included the date the firmware was released, if available. That way, you’ll be able to see, by device, when it was updated last. Note: All files are hosted on the manufacturer’s sites or their sites or fileshares.
I’m hoping this can be a resource for everyone so that their devices can be updated, secure and running smoothly.
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Android TV Box Firmware FAQ
I get a lot of questions related to Android TV box firmware – more than any other subject on this site. So I thought I’d post the most frequently asked questions here to help you. For more streaming device frequently asked questions, head on over to my main FAQ page.
I have ________ TV box and it’s not on the list. Do you know where I can get the firmware?
This list has most of the major TV box manufacturers on it that have download pages for their products. Some big companies (I’m looking at you BeeLink) don’t have a firmware page and have yet to return any of my emails asking about new firmware. Chances are that if the box isn’t on the list below, the company either won’t respond to my questions, or doesn’t have any downloads available. Either way, it’s not a very good sign of how they plan to support you down the road.
My box has Android blah..blah.blah.. on it. Can it be upgraded to the latest version of Android?
Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you’ve probably seen that some companies get updates faster than others. That’s one of the huge advantages of the Google Nexus line of smartphones. They get updates first.
You see, its up to the manufacturer when they want to roll out an Operating System upgrade – if they want to at all. To be perfectly blunt, most manufacturers would rather spend their money developing new products than upgrading old ones. I can’t say I blame them for that.
I bought my box on eBay, or Craigslist, or from some guy that was selling them at the local fair. Do you have an update for that?
No, and he probably doesn’t either.
I hate to break it to you, but buying a TV box from someone you met at a local fair, or worse, a random person on eBay or Craigslist is asking for trouble. Sure, there are reputable sellers on eBay – absolutely. But they’re few and far between, and you can’t always tell by a large feedback score. Let me give you an example: My eBay account has over 1300 positive feedback because its been active since 1998, mostly from things that I’ve bought over the years. If I started selling TV boxes (which I have NO plans to do – EVER), then that feedback that I earned as a buyer would carry over to my selling account. Meaning it has nothing to do with how I treat my buyers.
It’s really easy to scam eBay’s system to get a high feedback. Just because someone has a high feedback, doesn’t mean they’re a good seller. Check out what I think of buying a TV box on eBay for more info.
I have ____ box, can you tell me who the manufacturer is?
Possibly, but it’s not as easy as it should be.
When the first TV sticks (before TV boxes) came out a few years ago, some of the models became household names, but others died off. The tricky part is that different tech companies kept using the names that worked, bringing out new versions with different hardware. They may have nothing in common with the original, or even be made by the same company.
For example, you can have several different versions of the G-Box TV box – made popular by Matricom. Notice I said “made popular by” and not “made by”. If you bought a “G-Box TV box”, you may have a Matricom device and you may not. This is common with “MX” and “MXQ” boxes, too. The box may have the same components, but there’s a good chance it won’t. The best bet is to contact whoever you bought it from and ask them for an update.
Will your firmware work on my TV box?
Uhh…no. Trust me: you don’t want me creating firmware for you. I’m an analyst, not a programmer. 🙂
My TV box looks like one of the boxes on this list. Can I just use their firmware?
Because the Android TV box market is so big, there are a hundreds, if not thousands, of small sellers that are looking to make a quick sale. There’s nothing really wrong with that, mind you. That’s how every small business gets started.
Since they buy their devices in bulk from manufacturers overseas, a lot of people can sell the same box. To upgrade the firmware, you may not want the manufacturer. You may actually want the seller. Here’s why:
After someone buys a bulk shipment of TV boxes, they (maybe) add a custom Kodi build, or hire a developer to make some custom software for it. Then they sell it – usually on eBay or Craigslist (see above), but maybe on their own website. If the software on the box is changed in any way, using a generic firmware upgrade may “brick” the device. ‘Bricking’ is a term to describe when a piece of electronics (TV box, tablet, phone, etc.) won’t turn on, or turns on to a black screen. Essentially, you’ve created a really expensive paperweight, or brick.
To be clear: if you try to put a firmware on your device that wasn’t meant for it, you could ‘brick’ your TV box, making it useless.
I bricked my TV box. How do I fix it?
You may be able to fix it, and you may not. I’ll be perfectly honest, though. That’s not my forte. The best resource I can send you to is Freaktab.com. They have a community of tweakers and firmware developers that may be able to help.
Do you have a Custom Firmware for my TV box?
Not on this list. Custom firmware is, by its nature, more quirky than a stock firmware. It depends how it was created. Sometimes the firmware is designed to fix bugs and be more stable. Great! But sometimes, it’s built to test the performance limits of the device. That could cause issues down the road. As I mentioned above, Freaktab.com is a great resource for custom firmware. If you’ve bought a TV box that is popular enough, it’s a chance that someone developed a custom firmware for it.
I am thinking of selling TV boxes. Can you recommend custom firmware developers for me?
Nope. I have no interest in selling TV boxes, or being involved in that side of the business. You’re on your own for that one. Sorry.
Jump to Manufacturer Firmware:
- RikoMagic (RKM)
- Solid Run
- VidOn Box
Android TV Box Firmware Guide
- Mach 8 Firmware
- Jynxbox M6 Firmware
- Jynxbox M3 Firmware
- CR8 MiniPC Firmware
- CR9/S MiniPC Firmware
- CR10/S TV Box Firmware
- CR11/S TV Box Firmware
- CR13/S Ultra 4K Android TV Box Firmware
- CR16/S Ultra 4K Android TV Box Firmware
- CR-M200 Miracast Wi-Fi dongle Firmware
- CR-M200S Miracast Wi-Fi dongle Firmware
- Utilite2 MiniPC Firmware
- Enybox EM8-M8C Firmware
- Enybox EU2 Firmware
- Enybox U2 Firmware
- EW902 RTD1195 4k Media Player Firmware
- EW802 Firmware
- MK903 Firmware
- MK903IV Firmware
- MK906 Firmware
iConsole Micro Firmware
No firmware updates
G-Box Q Firmware
Firmware Beta 1.2.2
March 5, 2015
G-Box MX2 Firmware
August 1, 2014
- MINIX NEO X8-H Plus Firmware
- MINIX NEO X8, X8-H and X8 Plus Firmware
- How to install MINIX Neo X8 Firmware
- FOTA Update Available
- MINIX NEO Z64-Android Firmware
- FOTA Update Available
- MINIX NEO Z64-Windows Firmware
- Update through Windows Update
- MINIX NEO X7 (and X7 mini) Firmware
- MINIX NEO X5 (and X5 mini) Firmware
Firmwares also available through Official MINIX Forum
- MyGica ATV1800E
- MyGica ATV582
- MyGica ATV380
- MyGica ATV1220T2
- MyGica ATV1200
- MyGica ATV520E
- MyGica ATV400
- MyGica ATV585
- MyGica ATV1900AC
- MyGica ATV586T2
- MyGica ATV586ATSC
- Nagrace NT-N3 Firmware
- Nagrace NT-V5 Firmware
- Nagrace NT-V6 Firmware
- Nagrace NT-V3 Firmware
- PROBOX2 EX Firmware
No download page
Rippl TV Box
No firmware updates
RikoMagic – RKM
- RKM V5 Firmware
- RKM MK05 Firmware
- RKM MK12 Firmware
- RKM MK80FW Firmware
- RKM MK602 Firmware
- RKM MK802III Firmware
- RKM MK802IV Firmware
- RKM MK902 Firmware
- RKM MK902II Firmware
No download page
- SkyStreamX 2 Firmware
- SkyStreamX 4 Firmware
- SkyStreamX 5 Firmware
Solid Run CuBox-i
- OPENELEC – Kodi
- GeexBox XBMC
- Debian Linux
- Tronfy MX3 Firmware
- Tronfy MXQ Firmware
- Tronfy R89 Firmware
- Tronsmart Draco AW80 Firmware
- Tronsmart Orion R28 Firmware
- Tronsmart Vega S89 Firmware
- How to install Tronsmart Vega S89 firmware
- Tronsmart A928 Firmware
- Tronsmart MK908II Firmware
- Tronsmart CX-919 Firmware
- Tronsmart NX Firmware
- Tronsmart T1000
- Tronsmart T2000
- Tronsmart Mars G01 Drivers
- Ugoos UT3 Firmware
- How to install Ugoos UT3 Firmware
- Ugoos UT3S Firmware
- Ugoos UM3 Firmware
- Ugoos UM2 Firmware
- Ugoos UT2 Firmware
- Ugoos UT1 Firmware
- UG009 Firmware
- M8C AMLS802 Firmware
- VidOn AV100 Firmware
- VidOn AV200 Firmware
Download Page (Forum)
- Instructions for updating C60 and C70: Download Here
- DVB-S2 Vigica C60S Firmware
- DVB-T2 Vigica C70T Firmware
- ZIDOO X9 Smart TV Box Firmware
- Zidoo D1 Firmware
- Zidoo X1 Firmware
- Zidoo X6 Pro Firmware
- Zidoo X5 Firmware