Nvidia Shield Update Brings Google Assistant Support

The latest update for the Nvidia Shield set-top-box adds support for Google Assistant, as well as 360° video via YouTube and Samsung SmartThings, alongside an array of other new features.

The update marks the first time an Android TV device has received Google Assistant capability. Providing they own the 2017 gaming controller with far-field microphone, users can now use their voice to control a multitude of devices within their homes by saying “Okay Google” or “Hey Google”.

App compatibility with Google Assistant is implemented at the discretion of its developer. Currently, HBO Now, Netflix and YouTube can be controlled using voice commands.

At the moment, the service is only available in the US, Google Assistant will be rolling out to more regions at a later date. The platform is also heading to Philips and Sony Android TVs.

The Shield’s redesigned YouTube app now supports full 360° video, while a dedicated YouTube Kids app has also been launched featuring a range of child-friendly content.

Nvidia has also announced performance improvements for the Amazon Video app with a faster interface, better A/V sync and faster start of UltraHD streamed content.