NVIDIA SHIELD Review AH-81

NVIDIA Rolling Out Android 6.0 To SHIELD Android TV

February 22, 2016 - Written By John Anon

Android TV is a platform which is still quite early in its development and the number of devices that is currently available for the platform is somewhat limited. However, one device which did make an instant impact on its arrival was the NVIDIA SHIELD. Not only did the SHIELD come boasting some seriously good specs, but it also offers an extremely wide level of functionality, thanks to its emphasis on offering a greater gaming experience.

In addition to the expanded features that are available on the SHIELD, one of the other notable reasons to buy this particular Android TV device is that NVIDIA has pushed forward their plans to offer timely and regular updates. With Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) being announced a few months back and the factory image and OTA update becoming immediately available for the Nexus Player, current SHIELD owners have been wondering when their Marshmallow update would arrive. Well, that is a wait which now looks to be over as NVIDIA has confirmed that the update to Marshmallow for the SHIELD Android TV is now officially rolling out.

The update comes in the form of Upgrade 3.0 to the SHIELD Experience and brings with it a number of notable upgrades. Besides the major upgrade to 6.0, the additional features listed to be part of the update include ‘Customizable Recommendations’ and ‘Customizable Apps and Games Rows’. There is also improvements slated for the Google Play Store, a more simplified setting up process for new owners of the SHIELD, as well as improvements to the Hz frame rates for video playback. Not forgetting, the upgrade also brings with it improvements to the way in which external storage is used with the SHIELD, an improvement which will see external storage options acting more like internal storage, for easier use and access to externally located content.

For those who have been waiting on this update, it is more than likely available on your SHIELD device now and will appear in your main feed on the homescreen. If it has not arrived, then you should see it appear in due course. Alternatively, you can always check manually to see if the update is available by heading into the settings menu, through to “About” and then through to “Software Updates”.