Nvidia's new update for Shield TV introduces Android 11, a new match audio feature, the Gboard keyboard, support for aptX Bluetooth headsets, and more.
Android 11 comes to Shield
Nvidia Shield has been running Android 9 since August 2019, which partly relates to Nvidia's decision to skip Android 10. Android 11 is now coming to Shield and while it is still not the most recent version of Android for TV (version 12), it is a step forward.
- "Shield TV gets upgraded to Android 11. Updates include new privacy features, and a new default keyboard with built-in text to speech capabilities," Nvidia said in its announcement text.
Android 11 is part of Nvidia's Shield Experience Upgrade 9.0 package. The update also introduces the Gboard keyboard. It includes new Bluetooth features like aptX support and an option to disconnect Bluetooth devices on sleep.
Shield recently got the new Google TV-like user interface (shown in the picture below) but it is not related to this new software package. Instead, Google is pushing out the refreshed UI directly to devices through an app update, region by region.
Nvidia Shield gets upgraded to Android 11
In addition, there is a new function to match audio resolution, new energy-saver functionality, and Stadia button support for Xbox, PlayStation and Shield game controllers. Nvidia used to opportunity to highlight that Shield is the only device to support GeForce Now game streaming in 4K HDR and 7.1 surround – it is limited to 1080p on Smart TVs.
Nvidia highlighted new or upgraded apps such as Apple TV (with 4K Dolby Vision and Atmos support) and Google Play Movies (with 4K Dolby Vision support). The IMDb TV app was also highlighted in the announcement.
The Shield Experience Upgrade 9.0 is rolling out starting today on Nvidia Shield boxes (2015, 2017 and 2019) worldwide.
Nvidia Shield Experience Upgrade 9.0 – new features
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- Adds option to disable all HDMI-CEC functionality
- Most system audio is now encoded in Dolby Digital Plus when available
- Reduced overall latency for Dolby Digital Plus audio path
- Adds option to match audio content resolution. Enable when playing High Resolution Audio on SHIELD. Note: Not available on Plex and this feature disables Dolby Audio Processing
- Adds support for DTS-HD HRA audio streams
- Adds AV sync support for encoded audio (Dolby, DTS, etc)
- Adds support for aptX compatible bluetooth headsets
- Branded logo buttons on controllers (Playstation, XBOX, NVIDIA) now bring up Stadia menu when playing Stadia
- Adds option to disconnect Bluetooth devices on SHIELD sleep
- Adds support for XBOX One wired controllers
- Adds controller support for Apple TV app
- Adds option to scan for media when removable storage is connected to SHIELD. Enable to view media on removable storage on Photos & Videos app. (Default: Disabled)
- Adds support for 4K+HDR with GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership
- Updates default keyboard to “Gboard”. Previous “Leanback” keyboard available under settings.
- Updates system popup windows to new Android R style
- Adds the following Quick Settings options: Dolby Audio Processing, Match content audio resolution
- Fixes HDCP sleep/wake issues when connecting to LG soundbars
- Resolves audio dropout issue when “HDMI comfort noise” is enabled
- Resolves Netflix and Youtube playback issues when USB DAC is connected to SHIELD
- Improves low power wifi channel experience
- Fixes bug where some Bluetooth headsets do not auto-reconnect properly
- Resolves low storage issue when taking SHIELD Experience upgrade even with enough free storage
- Resolve issue where only one USB drive would be detected if multiple drives have the same name
- Resolves playback issue when playing 4K + HDR video on Plex
- Fixes bug where streaming to twitch would stop after ~2.5 hours