NVIDIA Shield software update brings Android 11 and 4K HDR cloud gaming

the NVIDIA Shield TV continues to be one of the most powerful Android TV devices nearly seven years after the release of the first model. It is also one of the most supported Android devices to date. While NVIDIA has released a few hardware updates over the years, the company continues to push software updates to all models, including the original 2015 version.

And now NVIDIA is rolling out its Shield Software Experience 9.0 upgradebringing Android 11 and several other new features to all members of the Shield TV family.

Although NVIDIA has a strong track record in provide regular software updates for its Shield TV devices, the latest is pretty big, as it brings one major Android update for the ride…or two major Android updates, depending on how you count.

Previous NVIDIA Shield software was based on Android 9, and the company skipped Android 10 to deliver the new Android 11 update.

Among other things, Shield Experience Upgrade 9.0 with Android 11 brings:

  • Support for aptX-enabled Bluetooth headsets
  • Option to automatically disconnect standby Bluetooth devices
  • Gboard (Google Keyboard) update with voice search support
  • Updated privacy features, including support for granting “only this time” permission when using an app
  • September 2021 Android Security Patch Level
  • New power saving setting to customize power options
  • Support 4K HDR gaming when in use NVIDIA GeForce Now RTX 3080 Cloud Gaming
  • Stadia button support for Xbox, PlayStation, and Shield paired gamepads.
  • Google Play Movies & TV app now supports Dolby Vision HDR
  • 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for the Apple TV+ app
  • More new and updated apps

NVIDIA says Google is also running a promotion that allows Shield TV users to get a free 6-month subscription to Peacock Bounty by logging in with a Google account and subscribing via the Peacock Premium banner that appears on the For you Where apps tongue.

The current generation NVIDIA shield sells for $150while a more capable Shield Pro retails for around $200 and has more memory and storage, two USB ports (the base model has none).

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