Nvidia Shield Android 11 update brings improved 4k streaming and gaming

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The latest update is being rolled out for Nvidia Shield devices. It’s packing an operating system upgrade to Android 11, and with it comes a bunch of other nifty changes and increased compatibility.

With the Android 11 upgrade, we also see new apps that are happy to play well on the Nvidia Shield. For those who use their devices to stream videos, this looks like good news all around. The update includes IMDb TV, a service that claims free movies and TV shows. Apple TV, Google Play now have 4k Dolby Vision HDR support, and IQIYI is also offering tons of free movies and shows from Asia. Nvidia Shield can also connect to its own catalog from various services using Movies Anywhere that links to Google Play.

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People in the United States can also sign a deal offering six months of free access to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock Premium.

There have also been updates to GeForce Now compatibility for gamers. Nvidia’s game streaming service is a paid subscription that lets users stream from a powerful PC under the care of the company, rather than needing to own one. Then it works as intended. It’s a nice pairing with the shield, but with more TVs like Logitech supporting the software, we may see less and less of these little machines, at least for this purpose. Twitch will now also allow high quality streaming and gaming at the same time within the app.

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After last year’s update to bring current gen gaming controllers to the Shield, Bluetooth compatibility has also been improved. Xbox, PlayStation and Shield controllers now have support for Stadia buttons for one reason or another and Qualcomm’s AptX codec compatible headsets are now fully supported. There’s also a setting to automatically disconnect Bluetooth devices when the Shield is asleep, which will likely save a lot of battery.

These are all welcome additions, but probably not what many Nvidia Shield users were hoping for in some ways. many in the comments Nvidia’s blog There are calls for automatic refresh rate matching, which is causing problems for users using Dolby Vision with some TVs or newer hardware for the Shield. Others are hoping to get rid of the ads included on the platform.

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