NVIDIA has started to deploy Upgrade to Software Experience 9.0 for Shield TV devices, and it will upgrade their operating system to Android 11. The company says that Experience 9.0 will bring the new operating system to all Shield TVs, including the original 2015 models, and it will also include the Android from September 2021 security patch which fixes a vulnerability allowing remote attackers to cause a permanent denial of service.
Additionally, the upgrade adds access to a new Google keyboard with support for voice searches. Users will now be able to search for movies and shows to watch by issuing voice commands through Google Assistant. Those with aptX compatible Bluetooth headsets will also be able to start using them with their streaming box.
Other updates including the ability to automatically disconnect bluetooth devices in standby to save battery power, a power saving setting for additional power customization, and support for Stadia buttons for Xbox, Playstation and Shield controllers. For GeForce Now members, the update adds support for additional Bluetooth keyboards and mice. Additionally, Twitch has been updated so that it can simultaneously support high quality streaming and gaming for them.
Finally, those who live in the US can get six months of Peacock Premium for free when they get a new Shield TV. Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service that serves as the home of NBC shows like The Office. It has a free ad-supported version with a limited catalog and a premium ad-free version with more content that costs $ 5 per month.
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