NVIDIA had an OTA ready to go for the 2017 SHIELD with various goodies when it launched a couple weeks ago, but owners of the original box were left waiting. Now, the original SHIELD Android TV can get in on the fun with the SHIELD Experience 5.0.2 update. This update comes with new apps, improved performance, and new features.
NVIDIA has been kind enough to post a detailed changelog for the update. Here's what you can expect.
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.
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.
- 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.
So, big update! With Nougat, the SHIELD TV will finally be able to do picture-in-picture, but apps have to support it. Live Channels is the example given as an example of an app with support. The settings will also be less terrible in the new update. More exciting is the addition of Amazon Video to the SHIELD TV, which has been a missing piece of the streaming media puzzle for some time.
NVIDIA is revamping some of its gaming features in this update as well. The SHIELD Games, GeForce NOW, and GameStream apps are being merged into the NVIDIA Games app. This might not be live right when you install the update as it requires an update via the Play Store too. GameStream is now supported in 4K HDR, and NVIDIA says latency has been improved. The cloud-based GeForce Now gaming service is getting a performance upgrade to roughly GTX 1080 levels of performance.
The update is about 1GB in size, and it should be available on your device now.