Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th May 2018 22:11 UTC
Android

Big news for those of you who have NVIDIA Shield TV - which, by the way, is the only Android TV box you should consider right now. The Android 8.0 Oreo update (which brings it up to the latest major version of Android) is available starting today.

This'll bring along a major update to the user interface. You'll get new sections along the left side of the screen, with your favorite apps (customizable, of course), play next (where what you've been watching and playing recently will appear) and channels (which is what apps are now called, sort of).

In addition, Amazon Prime Video will get a major refresh, Plex Media Service is improved, and a whole bunch more.

The NVIDIA Shield TV is a device with a what I guess is a small, but very dedicated fanbase. I'm always tempted to buy one to see what all the fuss is about.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by teco.sb on Thu 24th May 2018 23:26 UTC
teco.sb
Member since:
2014-05-08

I used to own a Shield Tablet until recently, and can say that they are very nice devices. If I remember correctly, the Shield TV is exactly the same chip, with more ports. The Tegra K1 runs circles around any other mobile processor out there, and the battery life was great!

I'm always surprised NVIDIA has not managed to get their chip on phones and tablets from other manufacturers.

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RE: NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by brion on Thu 24th May 2018 23:40 in reply to "NVIDIA Shield Tablet"
brion Member since:
2010-11-04

The Tegra X1 that's in the Shield Android TV is also in the Google Pixel C tablet, which runs pretty nice. But it's not sold widely as I understand. ;)

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RE: NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by werpu on Fri 25th May 2018 07:26 in reply to "NVIDIA Shield Tablet"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Two problems nvidia basically just sells the processor so the phone manufacturers have to get the rest somewhere else, and the power consumption is somewhat to high for a pure mobile device unless you cut performance. So basically perfect for set top boxes and Nintendo, but not really perfect for phones and tablets.
As for Set top boxes, most set top box producers try to get away with as cheap as possible and as little support as possible, so the pricing of the Tegra is not really ideal and NVidia already sells the perfect box with the perfect support (The Shield is about in its fourth year and still has excellent support and still is the fastest and best Android TV box out there)

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RE: NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by Sidux on Fri 25th May 2018 07:38 in reply to "NVIDIA Shield Tablet"
Sidux Member since:
2015-03-10

Maybe not diving heads on with suing Samsung / Qualcomm would have allowed them for better adoption rates.
Aside from mobile, in automotive they sell more Tegras anyway..

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RE: NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by kuiash on Fri 25th May 2018 18:17 in reply to "NVIDIA Shield Tablet"
kuiash Member since:
2018-05-21

I don't know why they've stopped selling it (well, I think they have). I had one for Android app testing and it was bloomin' marvellous. Super speedy. Render damn near anything I through at it. Stock Android. Always up-to-date. Even had Vulkan support eons ago.

My mum has it now. She won't give it back!

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RE[2]: NVIDIA Shield Tablet
by Yoko_T on Sun 27th May 2018 13:30 in reply to "RE: NVIDIA Shield Tablet"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

I don't know why they've stopped selling it (well, I think they have). I had one for Android app testing and it was bloomin' marvellous. Super speedy. Render damn near anything I through at it. Stock Android. Always up-to-date. Even had Vulkan support eons ago.

My mum has it now. She won't give it back!


Maybe it's too expensive for what it does? If you *DON'T* give a damn about gaming, why waste your money on this thing?

Buy a cheap chinese-made android box instead. There's not a real difference between these things when it comes to actually watching tv.

Always up-to-date? Don't make me laugh. You're talking about a playback device for freaking TV's moron. What's on such a device that's needs to be updated that often?

Do you work for Best Buy or some other retailer that sells overpriced NVIDIA rubbish?

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