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SoftBank's ambitious investment strategy continues with $4 billion stake in Nvidia

Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, has made no secret of his plans to become "the biggest investor in technology over the next decade". Last year the Japanese corporation acquired ARM Holdings, and it already had a controlling stake in the US carrier Sprint. Son has even set up a special Billion Vision Fund, which aims to raise $100 billion for the purpose of making strategic technology investments. It's now come to light that SoftBank has used some of the capital to amass a roughly $4 billion stake in the chipmaker Nvidia.

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Casting to NVIDIA SHIELD TV now supports 5.1 Surround Sound in some apps and 4K YouTube at 60fps

NVIDIA's SHIELD TV is one of the best Android TV set-top boxes on the market (though the competition isn't that heated threr), but it's also quickly becoming one of the best overall video set-top boxes, even with Roku, Amazon, and Apple in the game. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the SHIELD TV added 4K streaming from Google Play Movies, and now it's announcing a couple of other improvements to its casting feature.

A new Google Cast Receiver update has opened up new capabilities to the SHIELD TV and NVIDIA was quick to jump on board and verify they all work as intended.

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NVIDIA launches SHIELD Preview Program to let you test new software before it's released

NVIDIA already does a lot of things right by its users from providing timely Android version updates to keeping the software as clean as possible and even staying at the forefront of streaming services and options. Now, it's taking one more step toward conquering your heart as one of the best Android OEMs by launching a new SHIELD Preview Program where you can test upcoming features of the SHIELD Experience Upgrade software before they roll out to the public.

The company already provides SHIELD Developer OS Images (where beta versions used to be available) and was running a SHIELD Experience Preview program that was closed last year, so it's not the first time it has done something like this.

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[Update: Winners] We're giving away two new 4K-capable NVIDIA SHIELD TVs plus $25 Google Play gift cards to help you enjoy them [US]

The NVIDIA SHIELD, arguably the best Android TV device on the market, gained support for 4K streaming of Google Play Movies yesterday. To commemorate the occasion, we're teaming up to give away two of them to lucky Android Police readers. Even better, each winner gets a $25 Google Play gift card to help stock up on 4K content.

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The Nvidia SHIELD TV can now stream 4K content from Google Play Movies

Nvidia's SHIELD (not to be confused with the SHIELD Portable or SHIELD Tablet) is probably the best Android TV box on the market, and definitely the best when it comes to 4K content. Now the SHIELD supports playing 4K movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies.

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Software Upgrade 5.1 now available for Shield Tablet and Tablet K1

NVIDIA has one of the best track records for software support among Android manufacturers. The original Nvidia Shield tablet, originally released in 2014 with Android 4.4 KitKat, is still being updated and currently runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Now both the original Shield Tablet and the newer Tablet K1 have a new update.

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Android 7.0 Nougat starts rolling out to the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA is on fire this year. Not only did the company release new SHIELD TV boxes, it also quickly updated them to Android 7.0 Nougat and upgraded the older SHIELD TV as well, then said it would bring the same update to the SHIELD Tablet, and here we are: promise fulfilled.

SHIELD Experience 5.0 will start to roll to NVIDIA Tablets today and will be staged over the next few days to make sure no issues arise. It brings Android 7.0 with multi-window support and quick switch between apps by double tapping the Overview button, bundled notifications and quick reply, better notification management, better battery standby through doze, Unicode 9 emojis, customizable Quick Settings tiles, and plenty of improvements under the hood like a new JIT compiler for faster app and system updates, and more.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Pro (2017) available for $299.99 at various retailers

NVIDIA's SHIELD gaming set-top box is the hottest news in Android TV this year. The console was announced at CES at the start of 2017 and the regular version with 16GB of storage started shipping in the middle of January. But if you were waiting for the Pro version and its expanded 500GB of storage, you'll be happy to know that it's now available for sale.

Beside the larger 500GB storage, the Pro version has a MicroSD slot and a MicroUSB port (both of which can't be found on the regular 2017 SHIELD) and ships with the new controller but the old remote in the box.

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PSA: The new NVIDIA SHIELD Pro still ships with the old remote

The new SHIELD TV makes a few changes to the formula that earned the original a spot as the uncontested king of Android TV. It's smaller, simpler, and comes with new accessories. The "updated" SHIELD Pro is a bit less evolved. It's still the same size as the original, and it's shipping with the old SHIELD Remote. That could be a plus or minus, depending on your perspective.

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NVIDIA pushes minor update to 2017 SHIELD with fix for remote bug

The new SHIELD Android TV has just launched with a smaller chassis, revamped controller, and a few new software tricks. One trick no one much cared for was the one where the remote would just stop working. NVIDIA says it's addressed this bug in the latest update.

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