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One of the best Android-based alternatives for streaming and gaming just keeps getting better.Starting today the Shield will begin getting Experience 9.0 (the way Nvidia categorizes its updates), breathing even more life into its latest models not only released in 2019 — but back to the original 2015 Shield Is.
In addition to updating the entire lineup to Android 11 – and the major security improvements that come with it – Shield Experience 9.0 also includes support for aptX-compatible Bluetooth headsets and an updated Google Keyboard. The update to Android 11 is particularly important because it introduces runtime permissions, in which you are able to accept or deny app permissions to better protect your personal information.
As an added bonus, if you have an Nvidia Shield, you can now enjoy six months of Peacock Premium, which is NBCUniversal’s version of the Peacock streaming service that unlocks exclusive shows and live sports that match the original Not available on Peacock. Service. Peacock Premium typically runs $5 per month. For another $5 per month, you can get rid of most ads. To receive the offer, you must subscribe via the Peacock Premium banner on the For You or Apps tab on your Shield home screen.
The update is rolling out in what can really only be described as a ridiculous lifespan for the Shield TV platform. The first models are now turning seven years old, which is much longer than any other Android-based device. They were powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, which also allows for some fairly serious gaming, including the new GeForce Now streaming games. The Shield TV got a slight update in 2017 and then a major refresh in 2019, bringing the Tegra X1+ processor and a bit of bifurcation, with the Shield TV moniker moving to a redesigned model that has less RAM and more for streaming. That’s compared to gaming with the older design (and more RAM) reserved for the Shield TV Pro.