After months of hints and rumors, Nvidia has made it official: Android TV 11 is coming to their Shield TV streamers, yes, to all, along with a host of new features, including an updated Gboard and aptX Bluetooth headset support.
Based on Android TV 11, Shield Experience 9.0 will begin rolling out today to Shield TV streaming boxes, including the current one tube television Y professional models from 2019, the Shield TV from 2017 from 2017, and even the original TV and Pro devices from 2015.
Among the features Shield TV users can look forward to is an updated version of Gboard, which will now allow users to search via voice and the Google Assistant within any search box, without the need for assistance from a developer.
Also coming to Shield TV devices is support for Bluetooth headsets that support the aptX codec, enabling higher quality audio streaming with more headsets. Previously, TV Shield boxes supported higher resolution Bluetooth audio streaming only via Sony’s LDAC codec.
Another incoming feature is a new “this time only” permission option that grants “temporary, one time” permissions to Shield TV apps.
Shield Experience 9.0 based on Android 11 arrives five months later Nvidia announced it would skip the Android TV 10 update for your Shield TV devices, leaving them on Android TV 9.
But the Shield TV rumor started playing last month after Recovery images discovered for Shield Experience 9.0 based on Android TV 11 by eagle-eyed users, suggesting that an Android TV 11 update was imminent.
While it’s no surprise that the 2019 Shield TV and Shield TV Pro get Shield Experience 9.0, it’s wonderful that the original six-year-old Shield TV devices get the update as well. Most streaming device manufacturers tend to outgrow their players after just a few years, so it’s encouraging that Nvidia took the time to prepare the Android TV 10 update for their old Shield TV boxes from 2015. .
In addition to streaming videos, Shield TV users can also stream games through GeForce Now, including 4K HDR support for the new GeForce Now RTX 3080 tier.
Along with the Shield Experience 9.0 news, Nvidia announced that Google is offering six months of free Peacock Premium to new US-based Shield TV users.
Simply log into your Google account (or create a new one), subscribe to Peacock Premium via the banner under the “For You” or “Applications” tab. You will need to provide a valid credit card number or other form of payment to redeem the offer.