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Beta Release X6 Lollipop beta firmware (July 2017)

Discussion in 'Beta Firmwares' started by MINIX - Ken, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Sracimir

    Sracimir New Member

    Hi Andy,

    Yes, it is quite annoying that no one from Minix is commenting. It would be enough to simply state if they are working on the firmware at all or not. Because this is delaying my decision if I should purchase a new box. I was actually intending to buy a U9-H or a U1, but now I am not so certain.

    Still my questions remain open for any Minix representative if they miraculously decide to step in.

    Will this beta release become an official one? Can you, please, provide some details? Are you working on the bugs that were reported by the users in this thread so far?

    Or is this box abandoned?

  2. weebelly

    weebelly New Member

    hi guys since i update my firmware my neo 6 is freezung and really slow
  3. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    Hello again my friend. Well it must be clear by now that Minix don't care much about their customers. I'd say yes, the X6 is abandoned whatever anyone says. They've had our money and the relationship now is over like every other box maker.

    Would I buy another Minix? Probably not to be honest. The hardware is generally better but not in a way that offers any real advantage over a well chosen alternative. Put it this way, I could have bought a box for half the price of my X6 and used the change to buy another box today. I doubt the user experience would have been worse!

    Have a good day my friend :)
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
  4. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    Mine too my friend. Unfortunately, Minix aren't interested. I've tried lots of things before and after this beta, but the truth is the X6 is a buggy P.O.S and Minix will never fix it. What's worse is that Minix don't even have the basic human courtesy to monitor their own forums and reply. I mean, we could talk about sex and porn on here and nobody at Minix would notice!

    If you ask me there's barely a trace of honor in these guys. They should have fixed the X6 or refunded owners long ago if its a design problem. There are way too many of us that have found it to be buggy as hell from day 1. We can't all be wrong!

    My advice, save up for another box if you can't live with the broken X6. There are quite a few good options out there my friend from other manufacturers at half the cost of a Minix. Google around for guidance on what to go for, and best of luck. :)

    p.s. wouldn't be surprised if Minix woke up and started deleting these posts. The last thing they want future customers to know is the truth!
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
  5. Nuno Craveiro

    Nuno Craveiro New Member

    Latest Kodi 18 Leia alpha is working well on this beta firmware. It looks promising and video is playing smoothly. No stuttering. Too bad that this beta firmware was dropped by Minix. Time to start looking for another option.
  6. owen420

    owen420 New Member

    found my OTG cable and reinstalled the beta firmware using the usb burning tool instead of just updating from USB....

    still having the wifi issue... can't connect to my network says the passkey is incorrect but its not... its WPA2 without any special characters (one letter, two words and a number)

    even tried to hotspot my phone, wouldn't connect

    tried several times I give up.... went back to kitkat so i can maybe use this for streaming music in the kitchen

    this box had a OK run for me.... but it did have it's issues..... the hardware itself has lasted for years and I deff got my money's worth it still works today... put KitKat back on and Netflix works (480p and some leg here and there but ok for a secondary tv)... Plex and Spotify work I got no complaints I am just not sure why they got are hopes up with this beta firmware then disowned it... it was faster for me except for the no wifi problem.

    why even have these forums if nobody from your staff is going to answer any questions? just make a download link page and call it a day.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  7. Nuno Craveiro

    Nuno Craveiro New Member

    @ MINIX - John - Seven months since this beta firmware was released. Are there any plans of solving reported issues and moving it forward to an official release?
  8. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    Hello Nuno. I think it's safe to say that Minix's silence tells us they don't care, unless they're selling something new to us. Or it could be their special version of "Next Generation Computing", we ask a question and fifty years later our grandchildren get the answer! Best of luck. :)
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018
  9. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    We're not moving forward with this firmware.
    It will remain in it's current Beta stage at the moment.
    If you are experiencing problems with this firmware, then we recommend returning to the last Stable Android KitKat build - 008FW.
  10. Nuno Craveiro

    Nuno Craveiro New Member

    Thank You for your answer and your time. I wasn’t really expecting that a low price box with several years since it was launched, would receive much attention from your team, although there were, since the beginning some issues that should have been resolved.

    The current stable firmware release makes the box borderline unusable and it’s no real solution.

    Since it was Minix team that announced that there will be a final update to the firmware, everyone with a neo X6 had natural expectations that the firmware moved to a stable release (especially since there are not many issues to solve).

    People trust companies that are transparent, reliable and that show appreciation and respect for there clients.

    Time to move to another option and to forget Minix and their products. There are better options with good costumer support.
  11. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    MINIX NEO X6 was released in 2014 and received regular updates.

    008FW based off Android KitKat OS is stable and performs well [considering the initial release date of this media hub].

    The Beta Lollipop OS firmware was released in the Summer 2017 for those who wished to try.

    It was made clear at the top of the first thread post that Amlogic had terminated support for this SDK, so this firmware wasn’t going to become official as not all bugs could be fixed.

    It was intended as a bonus firmware rather than an official firmware.
  12. Nuno Craveiro

    Nuno Craveiro New Member

    The first thread also made clear: "We will be finalizing this firmware based on the feedback."
    Thank You for the bonus.
    Good Luck with all your future work.
  13. Menorca Man

    Menorca Man Active Member Trusted Helper

    Without Amlogic support for this particular experimental SDK, Minix have taken their development of Beta RC2 as far as it will go. Therefore, in my book, Beta RC2 has been finalised. As a basic Android/Kodi media player firmware Beta RC2 is fine. If you have more esoteric (ok - advanced!) requirements then retire this 4 year old box and buy something newer and more powerful.

    Perhaps you should aim your annoyance at Google who, more and more, are aiming Android development at newer and more powerful Android phones and tablets. Understandable as phones and tablets are a much bigger market than TV streaming boxes. Oh, and by the way, this ever faster changing Android OS scene doesn't make life any easier for the Kodi developers either, who are constantly having to play catch up!!
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  14. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    "...008FW based off Android KitKat OS is stable and performs well"? Are you kidding me!? People have been reporting stability problems with 008 for years now and someone told you it's stable? I think you should grab an X6 from the parts bin my friend and use it for a week. Mine is slow and buggy as hell doing anything other than running Minix's tweaked version of XBMC. It even struggles to surf the internet in chrome. My X6 has been like that since I bought the thing, so please don't tell me it's the passage of time that has rendered it obsolete. I'd have more respect if Minix thanked me for my money and told me to get lost. At least that would be honest!

    I will say thank you John for answering us all. For those of us with long standing problem devices, what's the best way for us to apply to Minix for compensation? Minix should at least send out replacement boxes if you ask me. I'm sure you'd agree that it's simply unacceptable that many have been waiting for over three years for the X6 to become a stable device. :(
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  15. Menorca Man

    Menorca Man Active Member Trusted Helper

    15 posts by you since February 2015 and few, if any, making a positive contribution!! If you decided to pull away from Minix I doubt you will be missed "my friend". :rolleyes:
  16. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    Wow, it's been that long and still Minix won't fix the X6 so it's stable! You are right of course, there are customers who aren't clever enough to fix Minix's mistakes for them. It's frustrating I know, but all we can do is complain and hope that a "premium" outfit like Minix will do the honorable thing and get their hardware working right. For those of us with long standing problem devices, Minix should send out replacement boxes if you ask me.

    What's the best way for us to apply to Minix for compensation my friend? Maybe Administrator John could answer that if he's still around. I'm sure you'd agree that it's simply unacceptable that many have been waiting for over three years for the X6 to become a stable device! I do hope you and John aren't planning on disappearing again for another 9 months. You're both supposed to be helping us, not telling us all there's nothing wrong. Maybe the two of you can come up with something positive to say and then I'll be full of praise and complements. :)
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  17. Sracimir

    Sracimir New Member

    Hi All,

    I was looking at TV Boxes on Aliexpress today and I came across NEO X6 sold by Minix Oficial Store where it reads that the OS is 5.0. Now, is there some official Android 5.0 version or not? Are you (Minix) selling it only to new customers? Or is this store a scam? Maybe the offer is a scam?

    I do not think that Minix would be selling a box with Beta firmware, right?

    Here is a link:


  18. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    We only ever factory pre-installed Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.
    NEO X6 has now been faded out of production, we're no longer producing this model.
    The AliExpress storefront is operated by a third-party, I assume this is a description error.
    I need to follow up on this matter to find out more details.
  19. Andy 4

    Andy 4 New Member

    You lot at Minix are a joke. You float around these forums picking and choosing who to answer based on what's comfortable for your tiny brains. When customers get frustrated you either ignore them or accuse them of being unhelpful. I just tried my X6 again. It's got barely anything installed on it and yet it struggles with basic one tab surfing in Chrome and can't even play a show in BBC iPlayer smoothly. Everyone working in Minix's tech department and customer support should be sacked straight away. They're not even qualified to empty dustbins. Useless the lot of you!!
  20. skynet

    skynet Moderator Moderator

    Thank you for staying calm and avoid insults o_O
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