Android device updates: First-gen Nvidia Shield gains Nougat, Prime Video, other features

The newest Nvidia Shield is a winner, but you may not necessarily need to sell off your current streaming box just to get it. 

A promised Nougat update has arrived, and it packs in a nearly identical software experience to the latest hardware. It should inject some life into your Shield and eliminate potential envy from those who picked up the latest edition.

Each week, we round up all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and security holes.


Shield TV (2015): An update to Nougat is packaged inside the Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0. Along with Nougat, you’re now able to use Nvidia’s GameStream at 4K HDR quality. The Shield Hub has been replaced with Nvidia Games, and you can stream PC games with performance up to GeForce GTX 1080.