Google Assistant Coming to NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Android 7.0 Nougat is Here

Android 7.0 Nougat on Shield TV, Google Assistant Coming

When NVIDIA announced the SHIELD TV 2017 version, the company also promised to upgrade older models from 2015. That update is now here, as Software Upgrade 5.0.2.

This update brings several Nougat features to the older SHIELD models, including picture-in-picture, writing to an external storage device and a recent apps page for quick navigation. Of note is the fact that Software Upgrade 5.0.2 also brings support for 2017 hardware, such as the remote and game controller.

But the biggest addition you’ll see is the Amazon Video app, which has been conspicuously missing from NVIDIA’s smart TV. This is a critical move because Amazon Video is one of very few SVOD services that supports 4K video and HDR. Now, the SHIELD can really show off the premium hardware under the hood.

Other significant additions are full support for GameStream, as well as better support for NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service GeForce Now. Your SHIELD TV can now connected to the updated GTX 1060/1080 hardware. GeForce Now is still available as an $8/month service for SHIELD TVs.

Two new features that should be coming soon to SHIELD TV’s older models as well as this year’s devices is Google Assistant support and SmartThings Hub functionality. We’re assume that the functionality is currently being integrated on this year’s SHIELD TV models, and should be made available as an update for older devices once the new models are available.

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