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Updating Magisk

After performing the rooting tutorials now using Magisk, you may get prompted in Magisk Manager to upgrade.

This appears to be safe (performed on Shield TV Pro (500GB) and Shield TV (16GB; 2017).

Upgrade Magisk Manager first, then upgrade Magisk itself.

You’ll be asked what METHOD to use. Use Direct Install (Recommended).

It should detect the existing patched boot image and update it.

If you have issues, let us know (especially if you were able to fix it).

Back Online

Well, we had some hosting issues. Site is popular enough to require an upgrade to the hosting package I was on; so the cost of running the site is a bit more now. However, the goal is to remain ad-free. We’ll accept your PayPal donations of course – and we thank those who have contributed already.

The move MAY have broken some stuff, so please report anything odd you run across.

Thank you.

Changes coming to NSZ

Just a heads up …

With Shield TV firmly in Android TV Oreo (Shield TV v7.x) – I think it is time to start removing some overhead from the site. That means I’ll be removing Android Marshmallow and Nougat from the Android TV tutorial line – along with all support files currently being housed. If you are looking to keep any of this information, you may want to archive it off now.

With the latest versions of WordPress, the page editor has been changed to Gutenberg; an interesting visual editor with a lot of features.

The tutorials and content generated here are very much custom CSS, hacked together plugins and theme stuff to render the results I wanted.

Gutenberg can handle a lot of this – but the content has to be converted which takes a good deal of time. The alternative is to edit everything painstakingly by hand going forward. I’d rather update it and get it clean.

That being said; over the course of the next few weeks, along with the purging of quite old data/downloads I’ll be moving the pages to this new format – so things are going to change a bit and there may be periods of unavailability. I’ll do my best to let the high traffic tutorials cool off a bit from the OTAs before doing those – and will start picking the low hanging fruit.

Thanks for all the support and donations. They all help.

Shield TV Oreo: Add Reboot/Power Off

If you’re looking for a possible solution to adding a power/reboot option to the main interface of your Oreo powered Shield TV, I may have a suitable solution.

The app Power Menu (Root) from the regular Google Play Store offers a very simple and easy to use interface for performing power/boot sort of operations from a single easy app.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear as a NATIVE app on the Shield TV so you cannot add it to your favorites and give it “omnipresence” on your home screen.

I modified the app so it shows up as an Android TV compatible app – and hence, you can add it to the Favorites menu easily.

Power Menu (Root; Android TV Modified) (1135 downloads)


Emulator Section Revamped

I realized the emulator section has gone wanting for some time. I have overhauled it with a new plugin for WordPress that makes it a lot easier to view and install.

Start your journey into the past by clicking here.

How about we start with Sega Genesis?

[appbox googleplay com.explusalpha.MdEmu]

KODI dead on Android; Long Live SPMC!

While Kodi may not move forward on Android, the former Kodi Android maintainer Koying has forked the project and has dubbed it Semper Media Center.

Creative differences and directions has been cited by various sources as the reason for the split.  In his own blog/release page, Koying mentioned:

“After a long sleep, SPMC is back following (another) Team Kodi internal fighting 😉

As far as I’m concerned, Nvidia Shield has basically cornered the market, so is my main development device. More generally, Android TV devices, amlogic devices and Amazon FireTV might be getting some love ;)”

He’s just released a new version, 16.1.1, which in turn is based on Kodi 16.1. This version of SPMC adds a whole host of improvements, including Blu-Ray 3D ISO playback and HD Audio pass-through on select devices.

The fact that Android – and Shield specifically – has been targeted by a dedicated developer is fantastic news for us here at NVidia Shield Zone and should be great news for everyone in the Shield community.

Semper Media Center Blog | Google Play | Original Story at Android Police

Live in the chat!

I’ll be watching the Shield Zone Chat over the next few hours.  If you need help, now is a good time!  Join here on the web or via IRC on freenode in channel #shieldhelp.

Review: Smash Hit

Let’s start this off by saying I’m not an “endless runner” fan.  I tend to prefer games where I can better control my destiny than with a single button click.  Mediocre’s Smash Hit er .. smashes the mold of endless runners by making it gorgeous, enveloping and occasionally frighteningly difficult.