Category Archives: Updates

Shield TV 5.2 Update Now Available

Watch and Record Live TV with Plex

Now with SHIELD TV and a Plex Pass, cord cutters can watch and record over-the-air broadcast TV on SHIELD in up to 1080 resolution with 5.1 surround sound.

SHIELD with Plex is a one-of-a-kind all-in-one DVR solution. With this release, SHIELD becomes:

  1. The first streaming media player to support Plex Live TV
  2. Only streaming media player able to browse and record shows from a beautiful, “10 foot” user interface

And since SHIELD is the industry’s only all-in-one Plex client and server device, you can DVR directly to SHIELD and then stream these shows to any device, anywhere in the world, all with a fraction of the power consumption and cost of other media server options.

Write to Network Storage (NAS)

SHIELD now supports write to Network Storage, allowing customers to Record TV shows and movies directly to their network attached storage (NAS) via Plex. SHIELD owners can continue to write to local storage, adopted storage and external storage drives.

Connect a USB Tuner for Plex Live TV

USB tuners are now supported on SHIELD TV – including support for the dual WinTV USB tuner from Hauppauge.

Best for 4K

Since the last software upgrade, SHIELD TV has added new 4K enhancements including:

  1. Google Play Movies in 4K
  2. Google Cast in up to 4K 60 frames-per-second with 5.1 surround sound

Other updates in this release include network storage directory and connectivity enhancements, Wi-Fi performance improvements, and experience enhancements for SHIELD remote and SHIELD controller.

Rooted Shield TV (2017) 5.1->5.2 Potential Issues

Here at the Zone, our rooted Shield TV (2017) “update looped” while trying to install the newly released 5.2 update.

Most OTAs have installed fine over our rooted install – but this time during the second part of the update (the screen with the Upgrading Experience) the unit would simply reboot – failing to update.  You would then be asked to update again.

We tried many methods to work through this.  Our solution is to do a stock recovery of the full 5.1 recovery image.  Once this was complete, 5.2 was able to install again – requiring rerooting of course.

We will update our Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV 2017) to 5.1 (there are some changes from 5.01).

Note:  We tested our unrooted Shield TV (2015) and Shield TV Pro – both updated fine.

 

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 Update Now Available

OTA 5.2 has dropped for Shield Tablet K1.  Here is what’s new:

  • Fixes to GPS crash
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard chargers
  • Overall stability & security optimizations
  • Update to Android Security Patch Level April 1, 2017

As always, we make the OTA download available here on NVidia Shield Zone.

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.2 (1925 downloads) (MD5: 80e781080adfd7f4a92776df97152b60)

Shield Tablet/K1 receive OTA 5.1 Upgrade

NVidia continues to support our favorite tablets by releasing a new OTA update.

This is mostly a maintenance release.

Rooted users can accept the OTA without unrooting first.  You’ll have to re-root after the OTA completes.

Shield Tablet K1 OTA 5.0 Root Tutorial Now Available

I know  you guys are chomping at the bit.  Here is the new tutorial:

Tutorial: Root Shield Tablet K1 (Nougat)

Couple of notes …

You cannot roll back to Marshmallow.  You cannot roll back to stock recovery 5.x yet (they haven’t posted the images).

Shield Tablet 5.0 Update is here!

Note: 5.0 OTA installs over root; no need to roll back.  Rooting achieved; it’s okay to take the OTA.

SHIELD tablet Software Upgrade 5.0 has started rolling out to devices this morning. It’s a staggered release with the update being available to SHIELD tablets over the course of a few days to ensure stability.

This update brings support for the new controller and upgrades the Operating System to Android version 7.0 Nougat and includes new features and system enhancements:

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.