NVIDIA started releasing Software Experience Update 9.0 for Shield TV devices and will update its OS to Android 11. The company says Experience 9.0 will bring the new OS to all Shield TVs, including the original 2015 models, and will also include Android from September 2021 security patch which fixes a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to cause a permanent denial of service.
Additionally, the update 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 who have aptX-compatible Bluetooth headphones will also be able to start using it with their streaming box.
Other updates, including the option to automatically disconnect sleeping Bluetooth devices to save battery life, a power saver setting for additional power customization, and Stadia button support for Xbox, Playstation, and Shield controllers. For GeForce Now members, the update adds support for additional Bluetooth keyboards and mice. Also, Twitch has been updated to support simultaneous streaming and high quality gaming for them.
Finally, those living in the US can get six months of Peacock Premium for free when they purchase a new Shield TV. Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service that serves as a home for NBC programs like The Office. It has an ad-supported free version with a limited catalog and an ad-free Premium version with more content that costs $5 per month.
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