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Warning About Custom ROMs/Rollbacks

I have received enough emails requesting help trying to restore your NVidia Shield TV from a bricked status that I felt compelled to post something on the front page.

While we encourage users to tinker and root their NVidia devices to unlock capabilities, it has always been’s policy that we do not encourage or provide assistance with failures of hardware due to the practice of installing custom Android ROMs or rolling back major releases of Android TV.

This is due to the high number of correspondence we receive regarding failures and subsequent issues related to these practices. Neither Google nor NVidia condone the practices of attempting to rollback a MAJOR release of Android TV back to another MAJOR release despite the ability to return ” to the first release of a major build (say, 7.0 from 7.x) as we offer in our Stock Recovery tutorials.

That being said, many of you have reached out to us for help and we’ve done whatever we can to assist.  Some of you have successfully recovered your Shield TV; but many of you have not.  People appear to really dislike the latest version of Android TV and want to go back.  Some people over at XDA have done it successfully – but it breaks my heart when I get your emails telling me about a permanently bricked Shield TV.

In many of our tutorials and FAQs, we mention that it is nearly impossible to permanently brick a Shield TV by following our tutorials.  I maintain this to be true.  We rigorously test our tutorials every single time an update comes out – adjusting process, versions of utilities, etc. as necessary to ensure a successful evolution.  We stand by our work.

Please reconsider custom ROMs or attempting to roll back your Shield TV.

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) (698 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.