Category Archives: Updates

More tutorials, updated tutorials and new FAQ questions answered …

Nothing puts us to work here more than an OTA release.

All three Shield TV devices (2015, Pro and 2017) all have root tutorials.  Restoring to stock 5.0.1 tutorial added.

We’ve found an issue where some people can’t boot to TWRP using our initial tutorial – so we created work arounds for USB hubs and non-Adoptive Storage users.

Finally, we’ve been filling out the FAQ with regards to the new Shield TV 2017.

Whew!

Tutorial: Root Shield TV (2015/2017; 16GB) on Android 7.0 (Nougat) is now ready!

Well here it is … our tutorial to root your OG Shield TV running Nougat.  We’re now using ADB SIDELOAD whenever possible to avoid issues with Adopted Storage.

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2017; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV Pro (Nougat)

As always with our new tutorials, please let me know if you find any issues.

Root has been achieved on Android 7.0 Nougat (Shield TV)

Thanks to the brilliant folks at XDA, a root solution has been executed on the Shield TV (2015) running v5.01 (Android 7.0 Nougat).

If you are of adequate skill and don’t mind dealing with technical matters, you can jump over to XDA and check out the progress there.

Otherwise, we’ll have our tutorial out later tonight.

Remember, you’re going to need a Male to Male USB 3.0 cable to access ADB/Fastboot on Shield TV 2017.  You probably don’t have one; I sure didn’t.  Check our FAQ for more info, links to purchase, etc.

Shield TV 2015 edition OTA is now rolling out!

From NVidia:

As announced at CES, NVIDIA will continue the industry-leading support for SHIELD products. Current SHIELD TV (2015) owners can now download the latest update, Software Upgrade 5.0.

This update brings all the great new features to current SHIELD owners. In addition to upgrading to Android’s latest OS, Android 7.0 Nougat, major improvements have been made to SHIELD in three main areas:

Highest Performance, 4K HDR Media Streamer – SHIELD delivers the richest visual experience with support for 4K HDR and 3x the performance of any other streamer on the market. With Amazon Video in 4K HDR, SHIELD offers the largest, most open catalog of media in stunning 4K – also supporting Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and VUDU.

Amazing Games – SHIELD stands alone among media streamers, with the widest range of gaming capabilities and richest assortment of game content. GeForce NOW has been upgraded with Pascal performance and will soon add Ubisoft’s catalog of hits, including Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, For Honor and countless others. Upcoming native game releases include Tomb Raider and Shadowgun Legends; with The Witness having launched recently. We’ll also have a blog published shortly with more info on the new NVIDIA Games App and how we’re improving discoverability and access to SHIELD games – including direct access to Steam Big Picture.

AI in the Home (Coming Soon) – SHIELD is the first streamer to announce support of Google Assistant, optimized for TV and 100% hands-free (with the new SHIELD controller). Also coming soon, SmartThings Hub technology integration will instantly turn SHIELD into a smart home hub that can connect to hundreds of smart home devices. NVIDIA SPOT, an AI mic accessory available later this year, will make SHIELD the central backbone of the AI home, extending intelligent control throughout the house.

More information can be found in the release notes and on the NVIDIA blog covering Gaming and AI in the Home.

New FAQ, OTA imminent, reminder about ROOT …

Good morning everyone.

The OTA update for Shield TV OG to bring it to OS parity with the New Shield TV 2017 model is imminent.  Be on the look out!

With that, we want to remind everyone that as of the time of writing, there is no way to root a Shield TV running Android 7.x (aka Nougat).  Based on posts on XDA and elsewhere, we believe root IS just around the corner – but if you have daily needs on root access, you may want to hold off a few days.

Finally, we’ve started our FAQ section for Shield TV 2017 – so if you have any issues or growing pains, we may have some help for you there!

Long live Shield!

No OTA for awhile; but get Amazon Video NOW!

Everyone expected the Nougat OTA to drop by now, but I’m pretty sure we have at least a week or two before we see it.  Meanwhile – one of the most anticipated features is the new HD Amazon Video app.

As we all hoped, one of the lucky early adopters nicely ripped the app from the New Shield TV.  This allows for ALL features (HDR, UHD, HD, etc) of Amazon Video.

Couple of points:

  • Get the app from the Reddit thread, or direct Amazon Video (HD) (1827 downloads) from us
  • Install it then REBOOT – otherwise you may not see the HD
  • Sign in and watch some HD content you own or that is included with Prime (Rome Season 1, Episode 1 does the trick)
  • Apparently this does NOT work with IR remotes (Harmony, etc) but DOES work with controller and OG Shield Remote
  • As with any foreign APK from the internet, use with caution

We tried it out to verify it works – and it sure does.  Enjoy this taste of the future 🙂

Tutorial for Shield Android TV OTA 3.3 (without losing root) is updated!

The files are up and the tutorials are updated.

Shield Android TV OTA Update 3.3

SHIELD Software Upgrade 3.3

  • DTS:X Audio:  Experience immersive, lifelike audio with DTS:X pass-through in Plex, Kodi v17, and MX Player
  • Adds Dolby Atmos audio pass-through support in Plex
  • Delivers the latest monthly Android security updates
  • Adds support for Vulkan 1.0.1.0 Conformance Test Suite

Tutorials and files will be available later tonight.

Shield Tablet K1 Software Upgrade 1.4

Update: We now have the full OTA 1.4 file available and our tutorial for updating a rooted 1.x Shield Tablet K1 has been updated.

A minor update for Shield Tablet K1 OTA 1.4 is now available.

  • Conformity with OpenGL ES 3.2
  • Additional optimizations to Android Doze
  • Fixed issue with intermittent Auto-Rotation shut downs
  • Fixed audio playback stutter when the display is off
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level July 1, 2016
  • Overall stability and security improvements

We’ll have the offline OTA updater available shortly.

Plex Update for Android / Android TV

Plex for Android v4.28.0.196

NEW:

  • [Android TV] Lots of tweaks to the application look and feel.
  • Display warning dialog when starting to play content through a relayed connection.
  • Audio playback can now be controlled with a single-button headset (1 press for ‘play/pause’, 2 for ‘next’, 3 for ‘previous’).
  • Tweaks to card titles and subtitles to make them more useful and also more consistent with other Plex clients.
  • Add support for remuxing HEVC video using Plex Media Server v1.0.0.0 and above.
  • New Audio Player design for mobile/tablet.
  • Small tweaks to mini-player appearance.
  • Always show ‘stop’ button in mini-player, regardless of orientation or screen size.

FIXES:

  • Multiple improvements on Locations picker.
  • Improve photo viewer zoom functionality.
  • Fix bug where the app could crash trying to play certain items.
  • Fix issue preventing seeking within some videos.
  • Storage permission no longer required for ‘Advanced > Privacy > Email device logs’ option.
  • Do a better job at dealing with problems querying if user owns Google Play in-app product.
  • Resolve issue preventing browsing of photo channels.
  • Now including 3gp files in ‘Videos’ section of local server.
  • Make Camera Upload more efficient.
  • Fix issue preventing browsing of photos from Hubs.
  • [Generic TV] Fix bug in where main menu would not open on Android N.
  • [Android TV] Fix for bug where global search would fail on Android 5 until app had been initialized.
  • [Android TV] Fix bug where the application could crash when opening or resuming the home screen.
  • [Android TV] Fix occasional crash when app resumed after having been in the background for a while.
  • [Android TV] Fix issue browsing channels where no results were displayed.
  • [Android TV] Hide current time display in Photo player.
  • [Android TV] Improve USB/Bluetooh keyboard handling when modifying text based preferences.
  • [SHIELD] Allow the Plex app to start even if Plex Media Server is disabled.
  • [SHIELD] Disable audio passthrough when headphones are connected to remote or controller.