NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

An extreme rarity in the world of small devices is NVIDIA's continued attention to their SHIELD Android TV device. Here in May of 2018, NVIDIA's releasing an update to the newest version of Google's Android TV OS, with their SHIELD Experience Version 7.0 right on top. The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV was first released in May of 2015.

Back in February of this year, NVIDIA SHIELD was given an update with version 6.3 running Nougat. Now we're headed to Oreo for the first time, and there are enough features to choke a mule.

Have a peek at our NVIDIA SHIELD Review

Look at the updates for JUST game controllers on this monster. They begin with the SHIELD controller proper, but they expand to all manner of controllers.

• Customize SHIELD controller thumbstick dead zones (Settings-> Apps-> Input viewer)

• Resolves pairing issues with Xbox One controllers after system restart

• DualShock 4 controllers added using USB wireless adapter

• Xbox 360 and DualShock 4 v2 controllers added

• Support for high polling rate gaming mice for NVIDIA GameStream

There's support now for a feature called Play Next. This feature allows users to start up where they left off in "TV shows, movies, and games." Not all apps support Play Next – we'll see what's up first when we get the update.

Another feature that'll work for some apps but not others: Channels. Apps that support Channels will be given a new section in Android TV on the SHIELD. The user chooses said channels and the user chooses the order in which they appear. Below are a number of other features coming with this update.

• Ability to connect to Wi-Fi without disconnecting Ethernet (Settings-> Network-> Ethernet)

• Option to re-pair disconnected Bluetooth accessories (Settings-> Accessories)

• Option to keep SHIELD awake when switching TV input (Settings-> Display & sound-> Power control)

• Option to disable input switch to SHIELD when activating a SHIELD accessory (Settings-> Display & sound-> Power control)

• Resolves issue where captive portal had difficulty connecting over SSL enabled web portals

• Adds additional IR codes for Coocaa, LeTV, and Xiaomi living room products

• Correctly removes app OBB files from adopted storage when apps are uninstalled

• Fixes issue during IR setup where some LG TVs are not identified correctly

• Adds warning for slow storage devices when trying to adopt storage

• Resolves instances of temporary missing audio immediately after wake or extended idle periods

• Improves RS (right stick) mouse compatibility with sideloaded apps

• Optimizes internal drive after SHIELD Upgrades to improve performance (SHIELD TV Pro only)

• General stability fixes on SHIELD remote (2017) and SHIELD controller (2017)

This update will be delivered in the next few weeks, starting for SOME users here at the tail end of May. If you'd like to make sure you're as close to the front of the line as possible, head over to the Shield Preview Program and sign right up.