NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets SMBv3 and Amazon Music support in SHIELD Experience 7.2 update
The Android device that has gotten the longest support and most consistent updates may not even be a phone. NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV continues to get updates over 3 and half years after launch. Android Oreo arrived last Summer and 120Hz support was added in September. Now, SHIELD Experience 7.2 is rolling out with SMBv3 and Amazon Music.
Back in October, we wrote about SMBv3 support coming to the SHIELD Android TV, and now it’s here with version 7.2 when you connect to a NAS or PC. Amazon Music has been added to the device as well, to go along with Amazon Video. Another notable addition is customizable Quick Settings and the option to enable automatic software update downloads and installation.
The changelog for SHIELD Experience 7.2 is pretty long. Here’s just a taste of the changes:
- Adds option to automatically download and update SHIELD software (Settings > About > System upgrade > Auto upgrade)
- Adds customizable Quick Settings (Settings > System > Customize Quick Settings)
- Adds network link speed when connected via ethernet (Settings > Network > Connected) System
- Adds option to disable Comfort Noise (Settings > Display & Sound > Advanced Settings)
- Adds IR power control for sound bars
- USB debug access no longer required to enable network debugging.
- Upgraded to Android Kernel 4.9 from 3.1
- Adds ability to control TV volume over HDMI-CEC from Alexa
- Adds option to disconnect paired Bluetooth audio devices
Read the full changelog below. You can check for the update on your SHIELD TV by going to Settings > About > System upgrade.