Friday, 27 January 2017

NVIDIA rolls out Android Nougat to SHIELD TV 2015

NVIDIA launched the new SHIELD TV (2017) earlier this month with Android Nougat running out of the box, and promised to bring the software to the older SHIELD TV. Now, as it had promised, NVIDIA is rolling out Android Nougat based Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0.2 to the original SHIELD Android TV.

The software update is 1.08GB in size and come with loads of new features and enhancements. It brings Amazon Video app, which will allow users to stream their favorite TV shows and movies in 4K HDR, directly on SHIELD TV.

The SHIELD TV will also get Nougat features like picture-in-picture support, revamped settings menu with navigation optimizations and double-tap on home to open recent apps menu. There's also a couple of new apps including NFL app, the new Twitter for TV app, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki.

Other features include improved graphic performance, new NVIDIA games app (replacing SHIELD Hub app), NIVIDIA GameStream in 4K HDR and support for Nest cams.

Here's the full list of new features from NVIDIA 

Amazon Video
Stream thousands of popular movies and TV shows in up to 4K HDR. Watch exclusive Amazon originals like The Grand Tour with an Amazon Prime Membership. 

NVIDIA Games App
NVIDIA Games is the new way to find and play a huge library of amazing games on SHIELD. Here, you can access GeForce NOW games, exclusive Android games, and NVIDIA GameStream games. Plus, all the games that you install or play will now show up in the games row on the SHIELD home screen. NVIDIA Games replaces the former SHIELD Hub app and its associated home screen tiles (SHIELD games, GeForce NOW, and GameStream). This update will be a staged rollout and will happen over the next few weeks via app update on the Google Play Store.

GeForce NOW Performance Upgrade
Now, you can instantly play on-demand PC games with performance up to GeForce GTX 1080 gaming graphics in the cloud. 

GameStream in 4K HDR
NVIDIA GameStream has been upgraded to provide 4K HDR, as well as smoother, lower-latency streaming. Play your library of PC games and enjoy direct access to Steam Big Picture from the Steam app. 

View live video from your Nest Cams with the new Nest app on SHIELD. With Nest Aware, you can even watch each camera’s video history. 

More Apps
SHIELD welcomes the NFL app, the new Twitter for TV app, Comedy Central, Vimeo, and Viki.

Android 7.0 Nougat Upgrade
  • SHIELD just got upgraded to Google’s latest Android 7.0 operating system. Enhanced features include:
  • Recent apps page: Double-press the home button to quickly access recent apps.
  • Picture-in-picture support: Try it out today in supported apps like Live Channels.
  • New settings menu: Enjoy quicker navigation with the new right-side vertical settings menus.
Other Enhancements
  • Added Pause/Play button functionality on the SHIELD remote by double-tapping on the volume slider.
  • Added ability to write to attached USB or SD card storage.
  • Added 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 speaker configurations for Plex.
  • Enabled cast for HBO GO.

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