Published: Tue, January 17, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Android Nougat, Amazon Video, more

Android Nougat, Amazon Video, more

NVIDIA has jumped ahead and updated their SHIELD TV from 3.3 to 5.0, running Android 7.0 Nougat.

The new Shield TV doesn't have a microSD card slot like the original, but it does have two full-size USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack for wired networking.

Another addition that many users will be relieved to see in this Android Nougat update is a page where all the recent apps are displayed.

So in a welcome software update rolling out today over the air, Nvidia is bringing most of the new Shield's features to the 2015 model. Amazon is stingy about which Android TV devices get to play it's video content, and now the Shield is one of the few of them that can play Amazon video in 4K HDR. Users with Amazon Prime membership will be able to watch Amazon originals like The Grand Tour. SHIELD TV offers the widest array of 4K options and claims to provide three times the performance of any other streaming device.

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The new Games app replaces the SHIELD Hub and could potentially be a boon for those who are interested in playing modern titles but lack the console or gaming PC otherwise required. The update will be pushed via Google Play and should be available for most users in the coming days. GeForce Now can give you up to GTX 1080 performance. The NVIDIA GameStream will stream videos in 4K HDR. The PLEX speaker has also been upgraded by getting a 4.1, 6.1 and 8.1 configuration support.

Earlier this month, NVIDIA officially took the wraps off of its new SHIELD TV (2017). The update has also enabled cast for HBO GO.

NVIDIA HAS ANNOUNCED that its new Shield TV device is now available in the United Kingdom, following its unveiling at CES. Performance wise, it is the strongest TV available in market now and supports content from channels like Netflix, Google Play Movies, VUDU and Amazon Videos. A voice controller called the Nvidia Spot will wirelessly add always-on microphone for Assistant, which instantly throws out a challenge to Amazon Alexa, though unlike the Echo Dot, it needs a Shield to function.

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