NVIDIA Shield Gets New Update That Improves Google Assistant And Adds YouTube TV Support

Earlier this month, NVIDIA confirmed that it has no plans on releasing Android 8.0 Oreo update for Shield Tablet and Tablet K1. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any new update. In fact, the company has just released a Shield Experience 6.1 update to its Android TV devices.

Many bugs have been fixed and the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities have been patched with the update, but there are also some other improvements. Shield owners in the US now have YouTube TV support and there are various improvements to the Google Assistant.

Official changelog list:

YouTube TV – Coming This Week to SHIELD (US Only)
Google Assistant Keeps Getting Smarter (US Only)
Use your voice to open shows and control playback in HULU
Order an Uber or even a Domino’s Pizza
Go shopping on Target, Walmart, Costco and more-ITV comes to SHIELD TV (UK Only)
Added TV on/off over IR for SHIELD Remote (tap Home + Back)
Improved Logitech Harmony Hub setup over Bluetooth
Ability to update SHIELD controller firmware while charging over USB
Ability to scan both DVB-T and DVB-T2 channels on Hauppauge WinTV-soloHD
The latest monthly Android security updates including fixes for WPA2 protocol (KRACK)
SHIELD Remote upgrade to firmware v1.21
SHIELD Remote with headphone jack – no upgrade

Issues/Bugs fixed

Fixed issue where SHIELD controller would stop sending IR commands to TV/receiver
Fixed issue where SHIELD would sleep immediately after waking up
Fixed case where UK English keyboard displays Russian
Fixed case where VUDU app showed up in unsupported regions