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NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2015) Getting Nougat Update Today, For Real

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Let’s try that again, shall we? The original NVIDIA SHIELD TV is now set to receive the update to Android Nougat (and SHIELD 5.0) as early as today. After a bit of a mix-up with notes being posted to the wrong SHIELD TV page a couple of weeks back, we now believe this to be the real deal. It’s Nougat time! 

In this update to Android 7.0 Nougat, original SHIELD TV owners are getting the big software update that the 2017 SHIELD TV receives out of the box. It brings the Amazon Video app, NVIDIA Games app, upgrades GeForce Now performance, adds GameStream 4K HDR, access to the Nest app, and Nougat, of course. New Nougat features include a double-tap on home to open a recent apps menu, new settings menu, and picture-in-picture support.

The full details can be found below and at the source link. The update is dated 1/26/2017, so it really should start rolling out today.

What’s New – SHIELD Experience Upgrade 5.0

Amazon Video

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.

More Apps

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.

Other Enhancements

  • 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.
  • BoFiS

    Awesome, hopefully the Shield Tablet is next!

  • Andy

    How much can I get the older model for?

  • George

    Does anybody know if the Nougat update will make the Nvidia Shield TV capable of using a 256GB Micro SD card now? I know it’s had a 128GB card maximum but I thought maybe the update might change that.

    • thecoolkid

      Wait, what? I’ve been running with 200gb micro sdcard from day 1 🙂 never look at the specs, because they list as maximum what’s available on the market at the date of release. Look at sd hc/xc comparability instead. SHIELD can support XC which I believe is up to 2T, if that ever becomes available before the next go-to standard arises.

      • George

        Great. I read on multiple websites that 128 was the max so I never tried anything higher. I will try putting my Samsung EVO 256GB SDXC card in now. Thanks for the tip

  • Josh Rahn

    Nvidia has some of the best support for their devices. I know they only have a handful, but they do a very good job.

    • Ben

      Those two observations go hand-in-hand. Make a few devices. Supporting them well is easier. Customers are happier. HTC and Motorola kinda get it, but still too many devices. Samsung and LG absolutely need to learn this lesson.

      • Josh Rahn

        Also the quality of their devices are amazing. I love my shield tablet.

        • Ben

          Indeed. I’m a huge fan of my 2015 Shield TV. And the way they handled the tablet recall was top-notch, too.

          • Josh Rahn

            I have both and yea, totally painless recall. I have nothing good things to say about Nvidia.

  • Yusssss!!!

  • George

    Just installed it (PDX oregon) Already noticed one problem. When you customize order of apps and games on home screen and then open an app then press home again the order of apps and games goes back to the way it was when it updated.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      I think there is a setting to turn off auto arrange apps…

  • Joseph Ferraro

    My Shield TV upgraded over night. 🙂

    • thecoolkid

      By itself? How is that possible?

      • Joe Ferraro

        The Shield TV was sleeping. When I woke it up there was a prompt to reboot to complete updates.

        • thecoolkid

          Ah yes, but you have to confirm that 😉

  • sagisarius

    Just installed it, nice to have Amazon finally!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “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.”

    Question about GeForce Now… I can’t seem to find what the $7.99 covers. Is t hat just a flat service fee, then you have to pay full price for the games? Or are at least some games included?

    • Stas

      there are games included with membership, and they do occasionally add new ones. You can also buy games inside their Geforce now, and get at same time the key for PC game, but on shield you can play it only as you stay subscribed to Geforce now.

      • atc-tech

        Thank you for that info! I am hoping they keep this $8 a month price even when after they release the PC/MAC service that will cost $25 for 20 hours of play.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Okay cool. Thanks for the breakdown.