NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.1 Rolling Out with New Assistant Actions, IR Remote Controls, New YouTube TV App, and More
Roughly a month ago, NVIDIA began rolling out yet another major version update, the NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.0, to the NVIDIA Shield TV. While it didn’t bring a major Android version bump or any UI changes, it did bring with it two important improvements. First off, we got Google Assistant support, bringing the conversational voice assistant to NVIDIA’s Android TV-powered device. And we also received SmartThings support, which gives the Shield TV the ability to work as a SmartThings hub for your smart home, and allows you to control different (previously paired) smart components of your home, like your thermostat or your lights. NVIDIA is now rolling out yet another update, which further improves the previously introduced features while adding other enhancements.
With this SHIELD Experience 6.1 update, Google Assistant keeps getting smarter for US owners of the Shield TV. Now you can use your voice to navigate, open shows and control playback on Hulu, as well as ordering takeout food or Uber rides and shopping at Target, Costco, Walmart, and more. The update also adds support for TV on/off over IR for the SHIELD Remote, by tapping home + back, together with support for the recently launched YouTube TV app for Android TV devices.
The update also brings security patches, including a patch for the dreaded KRACK vulnerability, as well as some minor bug fixes, features and improvements. So, if you own an NVIDIA Shield TV, remember that, as we said in the beginning of the article, the update is now rolling out globally so be sure to check for an update coming soon to your device. If you own other Android TV devices, like a Sony Bravia TV set, then you’ll have to wait for news from your manufacturer if you’d like to get YouTube TV and other features on your TV set. As always, we’re looking forward to new updates for this device.