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The Nvidia Shield gets a new UI with Android Oreo update

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The Nvidia Shield is one of the more popular options for Android TV set-top boxes, and its usefulness continues to escalate as it finally gets an Android 8.0 Oreo update today, via Android Central.

The new software update brings a host of improvements to the Shield, including a new home screen that makes finding your content and most recently used apps easier, along with some more minor tweaks like improved support for game controllers and better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There’s also an updated Amazon Prime Video app, support for ESPN+, and the new voices for Google Assistant announced back at I/O.

Also new is how the Shield will handle apps — treating them as their own TV-esque channels, as seen below, in a sort of mix between how a traditional channel guide works and the more app-driven experience that most smart TV platforms offer.

The update for the Nvidia Shield should be rolling out now.