Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Android TV 8.0 Oreo is now available on NVIDIA Shield TV

NVIDIA Shield TV  is undoubtedly the maximum hardware and support exponent of the Android TV system that Google has had during all the years it has been in the market, today we have the new firmware that makes the jump to the new Android 8.0 Oreo environment . A complete redesign of this system that will certainly not leave us indifferent, we will discuss the main differences with respect to Android TV 7 and what changes this firmware brings.

This'll bring along a major update to the user interface. You'll get new sections along the left side of the screen, with your favorite apps (customizable, of course), play next (where what you've been watching and playing recently will appear) and channels (which is what apps are now called, sort of). In addition, Amazon Prime Video will get a major refresh, Plex Media Service is improved, and a whole bunch more.

And, of course, Google Assistant still plays a big role here, and that means you can take advantage of all the smart stuff you've got scattered throughout your home, accessible via the Shield remote or game controller.

A few other things NVIDIA says to look out for:

  • Hold the back button to access to the settings menu from the home screen
  • A higher polling rate for gaming mice for NVIDIA GameStream
  • Improved support for game controllers like the Shield controller, Xbox 360 and DualShock controllers
  • Can connect to Wifi without disconnecting Ethernet
  • Improves Bluetooth re-pairing

To update your Shield TV, just head into the settings menu, then About, then choose the update option.

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