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The Nvidia Shield is getting Android 11 and other upgrades

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The seemingly indefatigable Nvidia Shield is getting another major Android update, with the new Shield Software Experience Upgrade 9.0 that adds Android 11 and a host of other upgrades. The new update is rolling out to all Shield set-top boxes, including the original model from 2015 -- which originally ran Android 5.0 Lollipop when it first launched. The latest upgrade to Android 11 gives the popular set-top box the honor of being one of the most upgraded Android devices ever released. To put that in perspective, a comparable Android phone from 2015 would be the Galaxy S6, which never got past Android Nougat (Android 7.0). In addition to updating the OS to Android 11, the latest Shield software is also bringing some other benefits.


The best tech gifts to upgrade your home theater

Engadget

With movie theaters largely off the table and new game systems on the way it's the perfect time to upgrade to your home theater. Whether you're looking for a $50 stocking stuffer, a big-ticket new TV or something in between there are plenty of ways to improve the room where you spend a lot of your time. Faster apps, bigger screens and more control are right at your fingertips, so let's take a look at some of the best devices available right now. If you're looking for the simplest upgrade for your TV, the Streaming Stick fits the bill. It's USB-powered so you may not even need to find a nearby outlet and it's small enough to fit in a pocket when you're taking a trip (or staying with relatives) so you can bring your own apps and queues along for the ride.


Nvidia Shield TV review: the best Android TV box with brilliant AI upscaling

The Guardian

The Nvidia Shield TV is a refined version of the best Android TV box for years, packed with impressive new AI-based upscaling technology and a novel space-saving design. The new Nvidia Shield TV comes in two versions: a £149.99 media streamer and a "Pro" alternative for £199 that is aimed more at gaming. For those unfamiliar with these types of media streaming devices, they in effect add a smart TV experience to older televisions or replace the often terrible or out-of-date smart elements of more modern sets, so that you can use apps such as Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. Nvidia is arguably the biggest name in graphics, and also makes mobile chips called Tegra, on which these two Android TV boxes are based. The previous Shield was released in 2015 and, unlike many other smart TVs and streaming boxes, is being kept fresh with a steady stream of updates, making it the best, most supported Android TV experience available either baked into a TV or in a set-top box.


Black Friday: What streaming video device is best for you and can you get a deal?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Streaming video has become a staple in U.S. homes, with seven out of 10 homes subscribing to a subscription streaming service. Another finding from Nielsen: About two-thirds (65%) of homes use a smart TV or internet-connected device to stream that content on a TV, up from 59% in 2018. But that doesn't mean you might not need another device for a second or third TV. Or you may be looking to upgrade – especially if you have an older Roku device, as some won't play Netflix after Dec. 1. The good news is that Black Friday is a good time if you are in the market for a new streaming player, as many bargains can be had.


Chromecast with Google TV review: full smart TV upgrade with voice remote

The Guardian

Google's latest Chromecast streaming media dongle is a bit different. With a full interface and a remote, the new Chromecast with Google TV costs £59.99 and sits above the basic £30 Chromecast. You can still Google Cast to the new device, but the new flat plastic dongle is more than just a simple receiver, running the full Android TV software similar to the Nvidia Shield or smart TVs from Sony and others. Once plugged in, the new Chromecast is set up using the Google Home app on an Android, iPhone or iPad in about five minutes. Scan the QR code on your TV, log in with the required Google account, and choose some apps to install.