Update (1/26): Unfortunately the Nougat update originally appeared to apply only to the 2017 version of the Nvidia Shield. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Today the update has started rolling out for owners of the older model as well. More details can be found here. 

The recently launched Nvidia Shield TV (2017) has been updated to Android Nougat and with it arrives a host of improvements. The Shield Experience upgrade 5.0 has been detailed on the Nvidia website and introduces Amazon Video support, a new games app, better GeForce Now performance and more.

The Amazon Video integration, which relies on a separate Amazon Prime subscription, allows users to watch Amazon’s TV shows and Movies in up to 4K quality, while the new games app is the place to find and play GeForce NOW games, Android games, and NVIDIA GameStream games. This replaces the former Shield Hub app and its home screen tiles so that the games that you install or play now will appear in the games row on the home screen. Nvidia says this part of the 5.0 update will occur in a staged rollout over the next few weeks.

See also:

Nvidia’s new Shield TV brings 4K HDR, Google Assistant, and smart home features

January 5, 2017

As for performance, Nvidia states that you can play on-demand PC games with performance up GeForce GTX 1080-standard graphics in the cloud thanks to the 5.0 update, and GameStream has been upgraded to provide 4K HDR, as well as smoother, lower-latency streaming.

Here’s a list of other improvements from Nvidia:

  • Recent apps page (double-press the home button to quickly access recent apps)
  • Picture-in-picture support (in supported apps like Live Channels)
  • New settings menu
  • 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

Finally, Nvidia has rolled out new apps and games, as well as support for Nest, to offer live video streams from your Nest Cams.

The update is rolling out from today but may not hit all systems immediately. For a hands-on look at the new Shield TV unveiled at CES 2017, hit the link.

Scott Adam Gordon
Scott Adam Gordon is a European correspondent for Android Authority. Originally from the UK, Scott has been tinkering with Android phones since 2011 and writing about them full-time since 2014. He now lives in Berlin with three roommates he never sees. Befriend him on Twitter and Google+ at the links.
  • Genesis McAwsomery

    Double tappping the volume sensor to pause has been a feature for a very long time. It just wasn’t documented well.

    • Tech4Days

      Omg… You’re right!! Wow lol. Also, what about Google Assistant?? Lol

  • Jorge Costa

    What about the K1 tablet?

    • BreadFish64

      Sigh, I think we’ve reached the end of the line

  • Sandheep Rajendran

    Now the shield checks all the boxes. Would buy if I could get it in stock on Amazon.

  • Carl Hill

    If you could get the og version, for, say, $150 that would be a great deal.

  • Dr Neeley

    Any way to force the update? Or am I just gonna have to wait a random amount of time?

  • Hazadriel

    No update yet on mine.

  • Dan

    No Google Assistant?

  • Scott Ricketts

    Just updated mine. Thank you NVIDIA for keeping us OG buyers up to date!

  • fredphoesh

    hmm, this has killed my controller connection, I can’t pair with my controller so have to use it with an USB cable.

  • Karan Seth

    Updated my original shield tv to 7 but can’t find amazon prime video app, I’ve FHD LED tv. Is anyone encountering similar issue???