Nvidia has released a software update for its Shield Android TV streaming box. Upgrade 3.0 brings an OS update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and new external storage options. When we took the Shield for a spin last year, we noted that the ability to store apps on SD cards and USB drives was rather hit or miss. Considering the base model comes with 16GB of internal storage, owners could run up against a storage wall in a hurry. With this update, apps and games can now be encrypted and stored on SD cards and external USB drives. When plugged in, external storage should be seen as internal storage.
This update includes a number of other comparatively minor changes. For starters, owners can customize the home screen background and tinker with the display order of apps and games. Owners can also customize how content recommendations are made. For new buyers, the setup process has been simplified. By speaking the magic words "OK Google, set up my device" into their phone, the owner's Google account and wireless credentials are automatically transferred to the Shield.
The update also introduces the ability to tone down the resolution on a 3840×2160 TV to a more modest 1920×1080 at 60 fps. Support for the recently released Vulkan API has also been included, although we wouldn't expect to see that feature pay dividends for some time yet.