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NVIDIA Shield TV finally gets Android 9 Pie and much more in latest update

This is the fourth major Android update for NVIDIA's set-top box.

Published onJuly 31, 2019


Today, NVIDIA announced the Shield Experience Upgrade 8.0 update for the Shield TV. The update finally brings Android 9 Pie to the Shield TV, the first Android TV device to get Google’s latest version of Android.

Pie streamlines the interface to make it easier to access your apps and settings. Along with an updated interface are updated colors, improved organization, and a streamlined set-up process. There’s also a heavier emphasis on Google Assistant, with an enlarged microphone icon and search area at the top of the main menu.

Also read: New NVIDIA Shield TV passes by FCC, but what else do we know?

The update also highlights the updated Hulu with Live TV app. The interface is similar to what you’ll see on the smartphone and tablet versions of the app, with a horizontal list of categories and vertical lists of shows and movies. The updated Hulu with Live TV app will complete its rollout in the coming weeks.

Other goodies include 20 new GeForce Now games, three new Shield TV games, and more. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Updates “Display and Sounds” advanced setting into two easier to navigate menus.
  • Adds option to match content color space (Settings > Display & Sound > Advanced).
  • Improved volume dynamic range for USB and Bluetooth connected headsets.
  • Shield TV remote app adds Bluetooth assist for pairing and improves connection.
  • Enables 720p refresh rate switching on supported apps.
  • Adds “Disconnect Bluetooth accessories” option to quick settings.
  • Adds IR power control options to customize on/off functionality.
  • Adds option to turn off USB power when Shield sleeps.
  • Adds option to connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi network with shared SSID.
  • Latest accessory firmware versions:
    • Shield controller (2017): v1.30
    • Shield controller (2015): v1.96/99/3.71/0.32
    • Shield remote (2017): v1.43
    • Shield remote (2015): v1.36

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