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Shenzhen Tomato X96 Amlogic S905X TV Box is Designed to be “Hooked” Behind Any Monitor or Wall Mounted

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There are several solutions to mount a mini computer or TV box behind a display, and while VESA mount is one of them, your TV may not support it, so Shenzhen Tomato has come up with “magic tape” combined with an IR extension cable to help you hook their latest X96 TV box behind your TV.X96_TV_Box

Let’s go through the main specifications first:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz/2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (option: 2GB)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (option: 16GB) + micro SD card slot up to 64GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, and AV port (composite video)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV port (stereo audio)
  • Video Codecs – 4K VP9 @ 60 fps, 4K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps, 4K H.264 up to 30 fps
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. No Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, IR receiver, IR port for extension cable
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions & Weight – N/A

The device runs Android 6.0.

Magic_Tape_TV_Box_MountThe picture above shows the various mounting options including wall-mounting, and what the company calls “magic tape” but just looks like Velcro. If you want to use the provided remote control, you’ll also have to connect the IR extension cable and place it somewhere to allow for line of sight operation.

Shenzhen Tomato is now taking orders for their device, and if you are interested in purchasing one or more samples, you can do so for $23 to $25 + shipping, by contacting them through their website.

  1. Theguyuk
    June 22nd, 2016 at 16:01 | #1

    Well you can buy Velcro in pound shops in the UK but you still need a IR extender like above. Maybe time for WiFi remotes?

  2. June 22nd, 2016 at 16:41 | #2

    There are plenty of air mice already, which would do pretty good job.
    I’m not sure it’s Velcro though. It looks like it, but the picture is not very clear.

  3. mdel
    June 22nd, 2016 at 19:18 | #3

    So S905X boxes will also be very cheap, expected but nice.

    i haven’t had a chance to look at it, but has amlogic published some linux source updates for the s905x chip ?
    Or, still talking linux, would the new X features (hw video decoding) work out of the box on an openelec or kodi setup ?

    Or will some X features be restricted to android and won’t make it to linux ?
    I understand that the new feature aim at accessing some DRM protected contents and although DRMs and hw decoding are separate technicalities, i was wondering if it could have a negative impact on the linux side of things ?

  4. Teiko
    June 22nd, 2016 at 21:05 | #4


    Amlogic source from 2016-05-04 contain VP9 driver in kernel. libplayer in buildroot has VP9 support. Buildroot has new configs, but unsure which is which box. Guessing gxb, gxtvbb, gxl is S905/S905X core. Many dev board configs p200, p201, p211, p212 ..

    Userspace video decoding for Amlogic use libplayer own API. This only analyze video file and push ES/TS/PS packet to kernel device.

    Amlogic Android is on top of libplayer API. Also gstreamer integration for Linux. Kodi Amlogic port opens kernel devices direct.

    Work is done by kernel driver, load microcode and feed packet to VPU. driver/amlogic/amports

  5. mdel
    June 24th, 2016 at 21:03 | #5

    ok thx for the info, i’ll check the kernel config options of that source tree.

    For the moment i’m having fun with the extra cheap (and very tiny) Nexbox A95X (s905, $22 on gearbest) which works really surprisingly well with kodi 16.1 on android 5.1. I’ll test linux or openelec on it too and see how kodi performs there.
    That A95X box is going to become my new cheap favorite and replace the beelink x2 (same price but h3 soc) on which i was trying to run my linux setups without great success despite all armbian goodies already available..

  6. psor
    June 28th, 2016 at 00:54 | #6

    Where will you get the openelec build for the A95X machine ?


  7. July 28th, 2016 at 20:43 | #7

    i have x96. But I have a problem, running movies in kodi,Suddenly out of the program kodi.
    It seems Android 6 is very heavy

    Is there a new update for x96
    Is it possible to install Android 5 or 4 on the device x96

  8. July 28th, 2016 at 20:52 | #8

    Android 6.0 should be fine, but they may have to work on some bugs to improve the firmware.
    I’ve just asked them, and they told me they don’t have an update right now.

  9. July 28th, 2016 at 20:57 | #9

    I need to link to download the latest update .

    I will be grateful if someone help me

  10. goulattack
    August 7th, 2016 at 20:54 | #10

    i have the same problem. please for any further news

  11. August 8th, 2016 at 01:04 | #11

    I have problem is on the run apps royal IPTV & IPFOX & Atlas IPTV. Suddenly out of the applications

  12. August 9th, 2016 at 21:40 | #12

    latest update .

  13. goulattack
    August 11th, 2016 at 00:46 | #13

    how can we install it .do you have fix the problems

  14. August 11th, 2016 at 12:37 | #14

    Problems as well. unsolved

  15. Tester
    August 12th, 2016 at 04:55 | #15

    hardware keyboards have problems (tested 3 models) – ENTER key not working 🙁

  16. Martin Wilson
    August 13th, 2016 at 02:53 | #16

    I bought two of these. Blue light does not come in. Can’t get either to work. Use mains power too

    • Amine
      January 19th, 2017 at 22:13 | #17

      Hello Martin
      Did you solve the problem I just bought a new s905x x96 and no blue light no boot.

  17. Mark C
    August 14th, 2016 at 01:53 | #18

    Kodi crashes all the time, it only runs for a few minutes on stock 6.0.1 firmware. Upon inspection I found it’s only running on 1 out of 4 CPUs. Have you got root files for this box on 6.0.1 please? I want to get all 4 CPUs working to see if that’s why Kodi won’t run.
    Also do you have any drivers or software needed to flash? How do you flash this box?
    Thanks in advance

  18. anavarro
    August 18th, 2016 at 15:37 | #19

    my x96 has compilation 2160801.16 39 is safe to update

  19. August 20th, 2016 at 13:23 | #20

    my x96 has compilation 2160801.16:39… is safe to update now? please

  20. anavarro
    August 22nd, 2016 at 07:18 | #21

    Please need a tutorial how OTA update my x96….

  21. porkapple
    August 24th, 2016 at 14:31 | #22

    I saw new update file has been uploaded. FileTime=2016/08/23 Version=1.0.5

  22. anavarro
    August 24th, 2016 at 16:34 | #23

    Unknown errors! Please quit and try it again!…. not download the update .. has major improvements this update? …

  23. Pokmon
    August 24th, 2016 at 20:33 | #24

    I got error when try to install last update over OTA. Eny success upgrade?

  24. anavarro
    August 25th, 2016 at 16:18 | #25

    the update was successful, but has many problems … no Google TV remote, can not integrate USB memory Quasar in Kodi .. dlna is very bad … this new update did faster start and a few changes .. .Thanks for the Work.
    And wait many

  25. Leon
    August 26th, 2016 at 12:46 | #26

    I have a problem with HDMI connection – black screen on tv ( TV Panasonic tx-42as300e)

    In other devices working great. Any sugestions?

  26. August 26th, 2016 at 14:17 | #27

    Wow… That box seems to have so many issues…
    First make sure you have the latest firmware. Try to connect it to another TV or via the AV port to complete the OTA update. If that does not work, try other HDMI inputs on your TV and/or other HDMI cables. If it still not work, you’d have to use another TV, or wait for a fix.

  27. Szasza
    August 30th, 2016 at 19:26 | #28


    I have an I have an Nexbox A95X (905x). I guess it is very similar to this.

    I have connected it to a projector (Vivitek D511), where it was working.

    However it is not working on the following 2 plasma TV-s:

    Pioneer PDP-4280XA
    Panasonic VIERA TH-42PV60A

    Both of the TVs were connected through HDMI.

    It shows NO SIGNAL, the screen is black.

    It ‘s neither working on the following projector:

    EPSON EB-X12

    No signal, blue screen.

  28. Igor
    September 2nd, 2016 at 07:58 | #29

    Kodi 16.1 crashing all the time! Also very poor performance WiFi. Network lost unpredictable signal is lost and disconnect. At the same time smartphone shows the excellent quality of wifi reception!
    We are waiting for new firmware with fixes.

  29. anavarro
    September 3rd, 2016 at 02:34 | #30

    Before updating and after updating do a factory reset and have no problem with kodi … wifi not more than 15 meters and have no conection problems.

  30. Igor
    September 4th, 2016 at 20:58 | #31

    impossible to update google market (google play) app. pls fix it in new firmware

  31. Boogeymonsir
    September 7th, 2016 at 23:31 | #32

    Most android boxes have reset button in AV port, where is reset button located on x96?

  32. Dano The Mano
    September 12th, 2016 at 02:55 | #33

    After watching a film. Go to watch another. KODI crashes out. have to restart KODI. Have inastalled fresh KODI, still does the same. Have done latest updates, still does the same. Anyone have same prob???

  33. Dano The Mano
    September 12th, 2016 at 02:58 | #34

    As previously asked, where is the reset button. for toothpick method. ThanX.

  34. Joran
    September 12th, 2016 at 04:11 | #35

    The reset button is in the AV port

  35. Joran
    September 12th, 2016 at 21:35 | #36

    Anyone got a flashable image for use with USB Burning Tool for this box ??? cant seem to find it anywhere 🙁

  36. Joran
    September 13th, 2016 at 18:54 | #37

    if anyone needs the / a flashable firmware that works on this box, here you go: http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/08/27/x9-4k-amlogic-s905x-android-6-0-marshmallow-64bittv-box-firmware-20160827/

    this is for usb burning tool

    • anavarro
      September 15th, 2016 at 20:37 | #38

      Juran… this firm Work correct in the x96?

  37. anavarro
    September 14th, 2016 at 05:47 | #39

    please comment as this firm works …

  38. Ren
    September 14th, 2016 at 19:08 | #40

    It was just an hdmi cable problem, try with another cable better an old one (from 1.0 to 1.3 version)

  39. Joran
    September 19th, 2016 at 14:02 | #41

    Hey @anavarro, it is not the same firmware as i got on my x96 box from where i purchased it. But it works just fine, there are many “rebranded” x96 boxes around 😛 The IMG file i linked to, works just fine on my x96 box.

  40. Joran
    September 19th, 2016 at 14:02 | #42

    Hey @anavarro, it is not the same firmware as i got on my x96 box from where i purchased it. But it works just fine, there are many “rebranded” x96 boxes around 😛 The IMG file i linked to, works just fine on my x96 box.

  41. September 19th, 2016 at 15:14 | #43

    thanks Joran … it’s very good to have another option …
    the last upgrade of the x96 is worse than the other …
    kodi crash, the x96 in safe mode many times … etc etc

    Please send pics of the interface and functions

  42. Szasza
    September 19th, 2016 at 17:17 | #44


    Thank you, I will try that one too.

  43. September 20th, 2016 at 08:07 | #45

    Szasza…please comment the results and the method that you used

  44. Szasza
    September 20th, 2016 at 16:06 | #46

    Its not that easy to get such a cable. I have 2 new one, but buying an older 1.1-1.3 is a challenge…

  45. anavarro
    September 20th, 2016 at 17:18 | #47

    Check this metod Szasza https://youtu.be/ZPtmwwEpB3g

    • Szasza
      September 20th, 2016 at 18:44 | #48

      My box is not bricked, only it gets not recognized via HDMI by my Panasonic plasma tv, only A/V.

  46. anavarro
    September 27th, 2016 at 17:29 | #49

    New update 2016/09/27 in progres.
    Ota root.zip

  47. GeorgeCY
    October 5th, 2016 at 15:55 | #50

    hey , there is a starting sound on my x96 before it enters main android screen , does anyone know how to disable that ?

    • Dustin Wheat
      June 25th, 2017 at 07:07 | #51

      Oh my gosh I hate that sound too!!

  48. October 5th, 2016 at 17:55 | #52

    You are probably talking about the boot animation logo. Try to search for instructions how to remove or change the animation logo in Android (firmware).

  49. Dany
    October 8th, 2016 at 00:50 | #53

    Je désire me procurer la tv box x96 Android 6.0 2gb , j aimerais savoir si vous me l’a conseillé . Est elle équipée du bluetooth?

  50. October 8th, 2016 at 09:58 | #54

    See comments above with many complaints. X96 does not come with Bluetooth.

  51. mu
    October 9th, 2016 at 13:06 | #55

    Hi there, I would like to make sure there is a power button on this box. Thank you.

  52. anavarro
    October 10th, 2016 at 18:45 | #56

    The box not contains a power button …. turn off from the remote control

  53. anavarro
    October 11th, 2016 at 05:04 | #57

    The new update its fine but kodi crash … i install SPMC… very very good!!

  54. Julian
    October 11th, 2016 at 19:03 | #58

    Update done and it still kicks/crashes on kodi and spmc

  55. anavarro
    October 12th, 2016 at 04:00 | #59

    to avoid problems I factory reset.
    Don’t work CEC…
    Kodi si old and crash.

  56. Julian
    October 12th, 2016 at 17:24 | #60

    Have also tried the factory reset route still no luck 😢

  57. anavarro
    October 13th, 2016 at 09:04 | #61

    I can not load the new update? or your box died?

  58. Mimi
    October 16th, 2016 at 00:14 | #62

    I want the original Android notification bar in the high of screen because i dont like his launcher .what is the solution?
    because change launcher dont work

  59. Tim
    October 16th, 2016 at 06:10 | #63

    I would not recommend this box until they fix the AMCODEC on off position. it causes noticeable video frame loss and stuttering at 1080p, i have a bunch of these boxes…. total crap until they come up with a fix for this, has anyone ever figured out how to get it stable with the AMCODEC on in the kodi video settings? (watch a video with it on and then try it with it off you will understand very fast about what I mean.)

  60. anavarro
    October 17th, 2016 at 14:55 | #64

    totally agree … this box NO plays HD .. is not true that Widevine is certified NETFLIX WILL NOT PLAY IN HD …

  61. anavarro
    October 17th, 2016 at 17:17 | #65


  62. anavarro
    October 17th, 2016 at 19:47 | #66

    no update is the worst update

  63. October 21st, 2016 at 07:43 | #67

    It is really impossible to use with the new firmware …
    off wifi
    kodi crash
    no write permissions to micro usb usb
    very bad firmware worst
    please fix it

  64. mu
    October 22nd, 2016 at 12:08 | #68

    Kodi crashes when you delete the version alreaidy installed in the box and you install it fresh from Play Store. To avoid this, you’ll have to factory reset and keep the version of Kodi.
    (By the way, the october firmware update let you have access to Play Store and it’s rooted. So fat, it seems they provide monthly updates, appreciable effort).
    Now, if you don’t like the configuration of Kodi as it is with all its useless addons, you go to parameters -> applications -> you select Kodi and you delete data.
    I have not tested Wifi.
    I am quite satisfied with this box I bought only 30 € with 2 Gb ram and 16 Gb rom! Great deal 🙂

  65. anavarro
    October 22nd, 2016 at 14:55 | #69

    thanks for your comment I could stabilize kodi removing amcodec option in the configuration … I could not disconnections wifi … be nice enable write permissions in microsd and usb .. I also appreciate the effort, but I think we should try more time before.

  66. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 01:38 | #70

    I need stock rom for this box, X96 Amlogic S905X. Where can i find it? Please help.

  67. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 03:51 | #71

    I had backup rom before. i mistakely deleted. if any one have backup Rom. that can be help also

  68. October 27th, 2016 at 09:27 | #72

    Shenzhen Tomato X96 firmware: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1b0PCrc password:hp7u

  69. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 12:45 | #73

    @cnxsoft I cannot donwload.I don’t have username and pass. I tried to make one, but not possible. Any idea how can I download
    Shenzhen Tomato X96 firmware: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1b0PCrc password:hp7u

  70. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 15:13 | #74

    @cnxsoft Now. i can download. Download speed is very slow. I have one more box som need rom img file. KM8 AMLogic S905X. Where can i FInd it I tried google. But still no luck. Do you have this also

  71. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 16:47 | #76

    I cannot read all. but I click something, then i got 4mb/s download speed. Now all done. Box running fine. Thanks alot.

    KM8 S905x firmware
    I don’t fine file which i can burn with usb tool. I need that PLease help.

  72. harkaman
    October 27th, 2016 at 16:51 | #77

    I cannot read all. but I click something, then i got 4mb/s download speed. Now all done. Box running fine. Thanks alot.

    KM8 S905x firmware
    I don’t fine file which i can burn with usb tool. I need that PLease help.

  73. October 28th, 2016 at 09:35 | #78

    @Harkaman look this post up …

    September 13th, 2016 at 18:54 | #36
    Reply | Quote

    if anyone needs the / a flashable firmware that works on this box, here you go: http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/08/27/x9-4k-amlogic-s905x-android-6-0-marshmallow-64bittv-box-firmware-20160827/

    this is for usb burning tool

    please comment as this firm works …

    Hey @anavarro, it is not the same firmware as i got on my x96 box from where i purchased it. But it works just fine, there are many “rebranded” x96 boxes around 😛 The IMG file i linked to, works just fine on my x96 box.

  74. Alejandro
    October 28th, 2016 at 20:21 | #79


    I need some help, i got a leelbox Q3 Pro, need to update to the lastest firmware or restore it.

    the box dont load.

    Thanks in advance

  75. October 28th, 2016 at 20:47 | #80

    You need to contact the seller or leelbox to try to get the firmware.

  76. KAREKA
    November 2nd, 2016 at 13:03 | #81

    Good morning everyone
    I also had problems with my x96 in wifi and kodi. Yesterday installed firmware nexbox was all 100% but the remote control stopped working.
    I installed the other http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/08/27/x9-4k-amlogic-s905x-android-6-0-marshmallow-64bittv-box-firmware-20160827/ firmware
    But the remote control does not work, already tested another remote command equal and nothing.
    Can anyone give me a hand to get the remote control to operate.
    thank you

  77. anavarro
    November 4th, 2016 at 06:52 | #82

    Test the app update & backup with the firm of x96 update…. select wipe data and wipe media selected the firmware.zip download the update.zip
    I hope to work your box

  78. KAREKA
    November 4th, 2016 at 14:03 | #83

    good day anavarro
    thanks for the help but the box remains the same.
    not the way to get a box of origin, do a full reset?
    I used the program in USB_Burning_Tool firmwares ke had installed.
    thank you

  79. mu
    November 5th, 2016 at 14:42 | #84

    One solution would be to use another remote with a usb plug such as an air mouse. The opportunity to get a good one 🙂

  80. KAREKA
    November 6th, 2016 at 05:39 | #85

    good evening
    already I bought a remote with a USB plug
    Thank you for your help
    But I wonder why the malfunction.

  81. Daniel
    November 6th, 2016 at 10:28 | #86

    From time ti time the TV loos the dark kolors and show light blue and light orange colors. When I disconnect HDMI and reconnect it gets fine again for a while. I already replace the HDMI cable. Where is the problem?
    Where can I get a printable user manual with step by step guidance?

  82. November 6th, 2016 at 10:37 | #87

    It could be related to HDMI CEC.
    1. Try to disabled it in the box itself
    2. If it does not work, disable it in the TV too (HDMI CEC may be called another name depending on your TV brand).

  83. Daniel
    November 6th, 2016 at 10:54 | #88

    Thank you for quick advise. I will look in my SONY Bravia

  84. mu
    November 10th, 2016 at 03:35 | #89

    hey, suddenly today, i happened to have the same issue with my X96: does not respond to the remote 🙁 very annoying!
    I reinitialised it but in vain…
    Any solution ?

  85. November 10th, 2016 at 08:53 | #90

    That happened to me … and I fixed it by disconnecting and connecting the adapter ir…

  86. mu
    November 10th, 2016 at 13:49 | #91

    Great 🙂 Thank you!

  87. mu
    November 10th, 2016 at 14:07 | #92

    If i may, i would like to submit another question: i have 2 audio devices connected to the box via the 2 USB ports. I could not find a way to toggle the audio output from one device to the other.
    Is it possible to do it and, if so, how ?
    thank you for your help

  88. KAREKA
    November 14th, 2016 at 14:24 | #93

    Good Morning
    Can you explain how I did it?
    My remote control was great but when I changed firmware it stopped working soon I already tested another command and it is still the same.
    Someone help me?
    Thank you

  89. November 15th, 2016 at 16:14 | #94

    Disconnect everything just leave hdmi …
    Do a factory restoration …
    Connect the IR extender …..

  90. mrjeffny
    November 17th, 2016 at 01:52 | #95


    How do I download this file from panbaidu



  91. KAREKA
    November 17th, 2016 at 13:30 | #96

    Good Morning
    I’ve tried it in several ways and it does not give anything.
    What firmware do you install?

  92. MrWood
    November 18th, 2016 at 01:14 | #97

    Thank you for the links!

    I have one question though, Which folder is for the 1g/8g model x96?

    i dont want to flash the incorrect firmware and there is one folder which is labelled as both

  93. November 18th, 2016 at 09:31 | #98

    Not sure. If there are two folders, check if the date is different, and if so download the newer one.

  94. KAREKA
    November 23rd, 2016 at 13:33 | #99

    Good morning people
    I got flashed X96_AP6330.7z again to get the IR remote control.
    Now I would like to know the most suitable firmware without losing the IR remote control.
    I thank you for the help, thank you.

  95. mrag
    November 28th, 2016 at 19:42 | #100

    hello,i have read in a forum from russia about this box..they have system.apk that can give a notification drawer and bottom bar to this box.but i cannot download from there.somebody had that file and can share here.thanks

  96. November 28th, 2016 at 19:51 | #101

    Feel free to post the link to the russian forum, maybe somebody can manage to download it and repost it somewhere.

    We also have a post about something similar @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/08/06/how-to-customize-amlogic-android-firmware-a-tutorial-with-nexbox-a95x-s905-tv-box/

  97. mrag
  98. November 29th, 2016 at 17:42 | #103

    OK. The problem is that they’ve removed to link to SystemUI.apk.

    The only one I have is http://www.cnx-software.com/download/SystemUI.zip.
    However, I don’t think it will be compatible with Android 6.0, as it was used in EM95 TV box (Amlogic S905) @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/02/26/eny-em95-amlogic-s905-tv-box-review/

  99. mrag
    November 29th, 2016 at 18:05 | #104

    i thought in that forum we need to be a member first before had access to any file.

  100. commax
    December 4th, 2016 at 17:56 | #105

    My X96 box does not have the navigation bar (home , back , recent apps).
    I change to nova launcher and install “simple control” app from play store,
    when I click the recent apps button , it does not show the recent apps screen.
    Is it normal?
    How to fix it?

  101. peter
    December 11th, 2016 at 05:27 | #106

    myx96 box has a problem is KODI be muted, I don’t know how to fix it, any suggestion of for help?

  102. December 11th, 2016 at 19:46 | #107

    Only Kodi, or system wide? If system wide try to remove USB devices, and see if it works.

  103. hans
    December 12th, 2016 at 01:55 | #108

    Is there any luck to have the option “Force RGB” in the firmware? Because I have problem with a Sony LCD, it’s from time to time purple and i must to change the HDMI port to get it normaly. Any help will be very good.

  104. peter
    December 12th, 2016 at 04:25 | #109

    it’s only KODI

  105. December 12th, 2016 at 09:26 | #110

    Some people had pink screens due to HDMI CEC in the past. Try to disable CEC in your box and your Sony TV. Note: HDMI CEC is called Bravia Sync in Sony’s TVs.

    Kodi has it own volume control in the settings, it might be worth checking this out. Also make sure HDMI audio pass-through is not enabled if you don’t use it.

  106. hans
    December 12th, 2016 at 17:55 | #111

    I had doing all this in the few past days, but i had no luck. It’s maybe preferable to add this option in the firmware (In kernel linux and in the Screen Menu).

  107. peter
    December 13th, 2016 at 07:03 | #112

    i did,but it wasn’t working.

  108. prison77
    December 26th, 2016 at 01:30 | #113

    I can not open play store There has to pass the old version to open once, then again it does not work.

  109. nmou
    December 26th, 2016 at 19:38 | #114

    prison77 :
    I can not open play store There has to pass the old version to open once, then again it does not work.

    Same here

  110. nmou
    December 26th, 2016 at 20:16 | #115

    unfortunately, google play store has stopped 🙁

  111. nmou
    December 27th, 2016 at 20:41 | #116

    Installing the last play store apk from apkmirror.com didnt solve the problem …

  112. nmou88
    December 29th, 2016 at 06:03 | #117

    I noticed that I dont have “OTA” application and I dont know why, so I suppose the box is not updated
    Someone help !!!

  113. anavarro
    December 31st, 2016 at 16:22 | #118

    Easy … restore the system

  114. Igor
    January 1st, 2017 at 22:20 | #119

    New firmware is not present, support is finished? Where can I download the 1.0.9? The latest version I do not like

  115. Melittamann
    January 2nd, 2017 at 19:17 | #120

    nmou :
    unfortunately, google play store has stopped

    Same day, Same problem. ????

    @nmou88: Did the Restore fix the Playstoreproblem?

  116. prison77
    January 3rd, 2017 at 00:05 | #121

    It is very disturbing,google play does not work

  117. Igor
    January 3rd, 2017 at 18:56 | #122

    prison77 :
    It is very disturbing,google play does not work

    download last version from here http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=203803&st=12540#entry55717573 rename downloaded apk to Phonesky.apk and via root explorer put it in a directory system/priv-app/Phonesky
    and restart device

  118. prison77
    January 4th, 2017 at 02:12 | #123

    I tried the Root File Manager, ES File Explorer, Explorer, no access

  119. sony4253
    January 4th, 2017 at 23:24 | #124





    search here http://www.apkmirror.com/

    Google Play Store runs perfectly

  120. sony4253
  121. sony4253
    January 4th, 2017 at 23:40 | #126


    Ist jemand zufällig aus der deutschsprachigen Ecke zum gegenseitigen Erfahrungsaustausch und Hilfe ?

  122. sony4253
  123. George
    January 5th, 2017 at 06:53 | #128

    The only fix for the google market problem i found is flashing the box with custom Rom. You need to download http://4pda.ru/pages/go/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyadi.sk%2Fd%2FGzQUC_LkvYuXC&e=53312681 than you have to extract the x96_c_nn_SDcard.rar into freshly formatted to FAT 32 Micro SD card. Afterwards insert the SD Card into your x96 box and go to UPDATE&BACKUP app. Under Wipe data / Wipe media click on select option and choose x96_107_custom_by_nn.zip than just Hit update and wait like 5-10min. Keep in mind that this rom comes with notification bar, navigation bar and nova launcher. For the best experience i suggest installing this launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.squarehome2

    I tested it and it works pretty good on my device s905x 2GB Ram 16GB Storage version.

  124. prison77
    January 5th, 2017 at 21:08 | #129

    sony4253 :
    search here http://www.apkmirror.com/
    Google Play Store runs perfectly

    Thanks, worked perfectly.

  125. sony4253
    January 6th, 2017 at 20:25 | #130

    Hello – Kodi 16 is very unstable and crashes after a movie and must be sutured again – Is Kodi 17 more stable? And if so which Kodi must be taken? ARMv7a (32bit)? – x86? – ARMv8A (64bit)?

  126. sony4253
    January 8th, 2017 at 00:58 | #131

    For problems with Kodi and it crashes the setting in Kodi change.

    System -> Video -> Acceleration

    Then switch off the AMCODEC.

    With me, Kodi now runs super and does not crash anymore. Try it

  127. Tex0817
    January 9th, 2017 at 02:53 | #132

    Has anyone successfully installed Kodi Krypton RC2 to the X96? I have tried both installing over 16.1 and uninstalling 16.1 first and neither works. Always ends in “Installation failed” after crunching for a bit. Is there something I am missing here?

  128. Przemek
    January 9th, 2017 at 05:46 | #133

    Good morning, or under X96 can be connected Bluetooth adapter, so to play on the wireless game controller (pad)?

  129. January 9th, 2017 at 09:27 | #134

    I don’t have X96, but usually it’s not possible to easily add Bluetooth via USB on Android TV boxes.

  130. Tex0817
    January 10th, 2017 at 10:21 | #135

    I don’t know about a wireless gamepad, but I use a BT keyboard with usb dongle and it works very well.

  131. January 10th, 2017 at 10:23 | #136

    What’s the model of your BT keyboard?

  132. _Gigino_
    January 13th, 2017 at 03:42 | #137

    what is the difference between the two USB ports, as they have two different colors?
    Thank you.

  133. Obelix
    January 13th, 2017 at 04:44 | #138

    Bought 3 of the X96 boxes from 2 sellers. 2 of them work fine and accepted updates through the OTA app.
    But the last one has some weird kernel on it that does not update.
    + Play store stopped working. (deleting updates and other options does not work as normally would in similar situations)

    working version is:
    kernel 3.14.29
    build nr 20161122.11:27

    non working:
    kernel 3.14.29 [email protected] #8
    build nr MHC19J.20161117 test-keys
    This version also does NOT have the OTA app but some weird 2013 update tool.

    I tried to use the update.zip with this app from the working version on the non working but halfway it crashed 🙁
    The online option fails off course 🙁
    I also tried the micro sd card method mentioned in this thread but that didn’t do anything good (for play store fix)

    Why would any vendor put energy in ruining the software on the product he’s selling beats me.

    I’m now going for the USB burn tool and wonder if i could backup the working ROM and use that on the other one?
    Or is there a simpler way?

    p.s. i have had no crashes with KODI.
    Any advise about the USB burn would be appreciated.

  134. January 13th, 2017 at 09:13 | #139

    About firmware update:
    1. update.zip is normally for micro SD card / USB flash drive update method. If you do this remove all other USB devices
    2. some-name.img is normally firmware to be used with USB Burning Tool. The latest version and method can be found @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/11/06/amlogic-usb-burning-tool-still-sucks-in-2016/
    3. Alternatively if you have a some-name.img firmware, you could also try to update the firmware from micro SD card using another method: http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/11/19/how-to-create-a-bootable-recovery-sd-card-for-amlogic-tv-boxes/

  135. January 13th, 2017 at 09:15 | #140

    Both USB ports should have the same color as X96 only has USB 2.0 ports.
    Generally speaking, you can get three colors with USB:
    Black / White -> USB 2.0
    Blue -> USB 3.0
    Yellow -> Always on charging port

  136. _Gigino_
    January 14th, 2017 at 07:30 | #141

    In fact it was what I knew myself. The doubt arose seeing a white USB port and the other black. See photos:
    By the way, in my X96 2/16GB, the reset button is located inside the AV jack.
    What is the procedure for the hard reset?
    Thanks for the answers

  137. January 14th, 2017 at 09:32 | #142

    Sorry, I don’t know why they chose to have two separate colors for USB.

    The reset button is used for firmware recovery, in case you want to reflash the firmware.
    One example of use is linked in comment #137 above.

  138. dt488
    January 16th, 2017 at 15:28 | #143

    @Tex0817 Sign up for kodi beta tester and kodi v17 will be available in the playstore within minutes

  139. Gabri
    January 17th, 2017 at 06:38 | #144

    for those experiencing crashes with KODI try to install SPMC
    SPMC is a KODI fork optimized for AMLOGIC devices, much faster and stable.


  140. January 18th, 2017 at 21:29 | #145


    Did you get it working again with the update.zip file?

  141. Amine
    January 19th, 2017 at 23:42 | #146

    I just bought a new TvBox x96 2Go/16go no blue light and blinking red light from behind no picture with Sony tv any idea?

  142. riesjart
    January 23rd, 2017 at 17:53 | #147

    hi hans, commenting on your message of 12-12-2016, same problem here, on my philips tv. i think ‘force RGB’ could solve the problem; it did when i had the same problem connecting my desktop (with amd radeon hd5450, in which i could switch to RGB) to the philips tv. did you already find (another) solution for the problem?

  143. Giuseppe
    January 25th, 2017 at 16:10 | #148

    Good morning
    I bought this box x96 everything’s ok I just have a little problem on some applications iptv type I does not make me perfect player, then copy and paste. Someone can help me ??? I have the build 20161122.11: 27
    Thank you

  144. Gil
    January 26th, 2017 at 19:16 | #149


    Same problem here with a Philips TV.
    I tried running libreELEC latest firmwear and did not find anywhere the otion of turning on the “force rgb” option at the menues.
    Or maybe it is configuered to do that automaticly?

  145. hans
    January 28th, 2017 at 08:49 | #150

    Hi, the only solution is to use HDMI to VGA Adapter Converter Cable with audio. I have commanded a one, and I’ll describe my adventure with this converter soon.

  146. riesjart
    January 30th, 2017 at 16:56 | #151

    hi hans, the x96 also has a 3,5mm jackconnection. i tried that one, with a 3,5mm to 3xRCA-cable (video and audio; white, yellow, red). it works, but the quality is very poor. i’m curious if your hdmi to vga + audio will work to your satisfaction! please keep me informed. i also sent an email to [email protected] a couple of days ago – asking if they can put a ‘force rgb’-option in a new firmwareversion – but they didn’t respond yet.

  147. Obelix
    January 30th, 2017 at 17:11 | #152

    use toothpick on IR opening.
    has switch at the end

  148. mauro
    February 1st, 2017 at 22:12 | #153

    i need firmware for x96….the tv box don’t run i have os 6.0.1 with ram 2gb + 16 gb

  149. February 2nd, 2017 at 09:37 | #154

    Download the firmware linked in the comments above, and flash it to your TV box.

  150. theguyuk
    February 2nd, 2017 at 16:34 | #155

    People keep mentioning the Amlogic RGB probldm with older Sony, Philips TV.

    I don’t have X96 but I am aware of previous threads on Odroid and Wetek forums.




    I am using a s912 Alfawise s92 with latest OTA update and that has screen colour space option in display settings. YUV, RGB

  151. hans
    February 6th, 2017 at 05:11 | #156

    Hi again,
    Yes the quality of AV Jack is very poor. But using the Hdmi to VGA is good, i’m using this converter now for two days in it’s OK.
    The quality is 1920 X 1080 60Hz, the quality is good.
    Good luck

  152. ContraNL
    February 9th, 2017 at 20:34 | #157

    @Obelix and @Wil, did you find a rooted firmware for the box with:

    kernel 3.14.29 [email protected] #8
    build nr MHC19J.20161117 test-keys

    I have two of these boxes but I can’t find a way to root them seeing I can’t find a firmware that works on this box.
    Hope you found a solution

  153. February 9th, 2017 at 20:53 | #158

    There’s a discussion about root on S905X device, but it includes modding the firmware with some Windows tools.

  154. prison77
    February 18th, 2017 at 19:10 | #159

    When I receive messages via messenger pop-ups appear on the screen. These pop-ups do not disappear with restart.Mai than anyone has this problem?

  155. February 19th, 2017 at 09:50 | #160

    Got to Settings->More Settings->Apps (or similar), then select the app(s) that sent notifications, and disable notifications for that/those app(s).

  156. ivan
    February 21st, 2017 at 00:09 | #161

    I got my X96 today, and remote controller is not working…….. 🙁
    has anyone found a way to fix this problem ?

    because i got also another remote controller with usb IR receiver, but again when the box is in standby mode it wont turn on….


  157. February 21st, 2017 at 09:35 | #162

    If I understand correctly you have a separate remote control that uses a USB dongle. It cannot be used to power the device since the USB ports are turned off when the device is off or standby mode. You either need to use the provided remote to turn it on, or get another remote control that supports IR learning, so you can teach it the provided remote’s POWER key.

  158. ivan
    February 21st, 2017 at 12:04 | #163


    yes, you understand correctly. can you tell me is it possible is some way get power to usb when device is in standby mode ? and i have another question, i have one another IR cable which gets the power in standby mode because led light of IR cable is turned on. so i tought i could wire the ir cable with usb cable and then connect usb dongle of seperate remote control, could this work ? Thank you

  159. riesjart
    February 22nd, 2017 at 15:34 | #164

    hi hans, thanks for your info; i will now also order a hdmi to vga + audio converter

  160. anavarro
    February 23rd, 2017 at 01:53 | #165

    My x96 is working fine … I can extract the remote.conf file and you can put it inside / etc ….. it can work

  161. ivan
    February 24th, 2017 at 23:03 | #166


    please can you do that ?


  162. February 25th, 2017 at 01:12 | #167

    I think it will work … put it in ….. root / etc
    Please comment if I work for you


  163. boomer
    February 27th, 2017 at 03:49 | #168

    Hi, I put my X96 on limited profile. And it’s done, i cannot do anything. Help me please, Tell me what to do to go out from these profile. Don’t Tell me about the basic settings, not works. Help, please.

  164. Przemek
    March 2nd, 2017 at 04:28 | #169

    Hello Team,

    please help… My Google play app again it does not work. I have version: 7.5.08.M-xhdpi [8] [PR] 146162341

    please tell me what is the current version od android in x96? i have: MHC19J.20161117 test-keys

    and last problem with Netflix – it does not work. version: 4.13.2 build 14565

    please help!

    • Radek
      April 7th, 2017 at 01:44 | #170

      Cześć. Rozwiązałem może problem z niedziałający mam sklep Google Play?

  165. prison77
    March 7th, 2017 at 03:14 | #171

    Google Play does not work again

    • dennis
      April 7th, 2017 at 08:28 | #172

      for play store, search google for play store apk. there are plenty of versions around and i fixed the problem by trying to install a few different versions over it. my x96 is now running a custom firmware so i cannot see anymore which version of play store fixed the problem. http://androidapksfree.com/devapk/google-inc/google-play-store/ i believe it was 7.2.13.J-all [0] [PR] from that site. if not, i bet it was 1 of the 5 most recent versions.

  166. kakha
    March 21st, 2017 at 06:02 | #173

    hello.iwant some help about my tv box.when i turn on my x96 tv box there is only red light and on the tv screen is not signal.what can i do in this situation?please

  167. Jose Arriagada
    March 23rd, 2017 at 01:27 | #174

    Como puedo resetear mi x96?. Cambie mi perfil de usuario administrador a restringido, y ahora no puedo restaurarlo, que puedo hacer? O como puedo resetearlo?

  168. anavarro
    March 24th, 2017 at 12:35 | #175

    Deja presionado el botón de reset en el orificio de AV… conecta a la corriente… y te aparecerá el menú de recuperación de android…

  169. gizmomelb
    April 6th, 2017 at 10:15 | #176

    which USB port do I connect to my PC please so I can use the USB Burning Tool to upgrade firmware? Thank you.

  170. dennis
    April 7th, 2017 at 08:33 | #177


    this custom rom from xannytech is the best rom available for all p212 motherboard based devices including the x96. it beats every stock rom without a doubt.

  171. prison77
    April 9th, 2017 at 02:22 | #178

    How to update kodi version 17 ?

  172. Yuri
    April 14th, 2017 at 13:51 | #179

    My x96 keep switching to restricted profile automatically. Did you fix it? I have the same problem. Can’t switch back to full profile@boomer

  173. Brent
    April 15th, 2017 at 11:09 | #180

    Is there a long one (6-8 ft) that I can use to connect my Nexbox so I can hide it out of sight?

  174. shaggy
    April 22nd, 2017 at 01:09 | #181

    builds with that kernel are fake x96 that x96 is 1GB instead of 2Gb

    got also a x96 with that vincent kernel and android shows 2Gb but the hardware is 4x2gb chips so 1Gig ram

  175. hubbell
    May 5th, 2017 at 03:35 | #182

    my x96 does not work on kodi.16.1,I have tried to make it work.do I need to install kodi 17.1 and again how do I connect BT on this box.

  176. shaggy
    May 5th, 2017 at 04:55 | #183

    is your kernel also [email protected] ?

    open your box and check your memoryconfiguration

    i think that that image is a tempered one that fakes the memory

    i also got one x96 on armbian forum i posted a picture of the board but not much respons

    but i think that one with that kernel is a tempered one

    if you boot armbian or libreelec from sd you notice the memory difference

  177. prison77
    June 8th, 2017 at 02:35 | #184

    I have the following problem, I always change the language in Chinese

  178. prison77
    June 8th, 2017 at 23:04 | #185

    We reset the factory, the problem persists, the opening appears in Chinese.

  179. June 9th, 2017 at 09:21 | #186

    Have you disabled HDMI CEC on the box, then your TV? Some boxes force the language when it is enabled.

  180. prison77
    June 10th, 2017 at 17:04 | #187

    The same symptoms, does anyone have another idea?

  181. prison77
    June 10th, 2017 at 17:13 | #188

    cnxsoft :
    Have you disabled HDMI CEC on the box, then your TV? Some boxes force the language when it is enabled.

    Thanks, I disconnected HDMI CEC from tvbox and it worked.I’m trying to disconnect from tv. You’re a big man.

  182. Daniel
    July 12th, 2017 at 07:32 | #189

    I tried it already, but no luck. It’s still not response….Can someone give me link for stock firmware, at least I have somethg if I want my IR remote back.tq

  183. Flixxx
    August 7th, 2017 at 02:08 | #190

    What’s the recommended app for getting an on-screen power off switch? This box doesn’t have the customary toolbar so I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thx.

  184. August 7th, 2017 at 10:13 | #191

    I’ve never tested the power off apps on Google Play store, but if you can’t find any that work. You can normally use the power key on your input device (if any). Alternatively, you could use the remote control, or the smartphone app.

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