NVIDIA Shield TV update v5.0 rolling out to 1st-gen devices

Older 1st-gen NVIDIA Shield TVs are finally starting to receive the 5.0 software update. This update adds some of the new capabilities that come with the new NVIDIA Shield TV to the older hardware. Included in the update is the new Amazon Video app, 4K HDR streaming, and much more. Thanks Pawel for the heads up and the image!

  1. Jim says:

    Will this ipdate cure random restarts of the 1st gen shield tv? I have the ext hdd connect and sometimes the hdd doesnt start promptly if that helps.

  2. Paul Savage says:

    can anyone help my head is melted no one can help me that i have asked and you seem to know your stuff, i have a 16gb 2017 model and just trying to adb shell to hide leanback launcher but get this error, and ideas please

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot>adb shell pm hide com.google.android.leanbacklauncher
    Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Neither user 2000 nor current process has android.permission.MANAGE_USERS.

    i have decent understanding of adb as used for my old ftv but completely perplexed here, any help at all be greatly appreciated

    • Drumst1x says:

      Not 100% sure since I’ve never done it, but you may get more details if you first do adb shell [enter] then once int he shell, try the pm hide command. From the error you’re getting, however, it sounds like a permissions thing. Maybe you need to be rooted in order to hide it? I’m sure there are some pretty easy rooting guides for that. Google just brought me to here: http://nvidiashieldzone.com/shield-android-tv/android-7-nougat/tutorial-root-shield-android-tv-2017-16gb-nougat/

      @Elias, thanks for keeping us up to date on other android tv boxes out there aside from Fire TV! Keep the newses coming ;)

    • Ichijoe says:

      Not sure that’ll work anymore. Perhaps the biggest differentiator between the new 2017, and the 2015 Shield TV (On the Software side), is the inclusion of Google’s new a/b Update System.

      To put it as bluntedly simple as possible. The 2017 Shield TV, likely now has Two /system Partitions. The active One (We all know, and love), and the Background One, that just sits there waiting for Google to push it an Update. e.g. Security Updates, as is likely as not. Sounds good to me so far right?

      Apparently though One of the other unfortunate intentional side effects, of this new a/b System affects your ability on how much control you can take over your Device. i.e. Rooting, or in your case modifying /system Files.

      In short you can’t (at the Moment), cause the untouched “b” Partition WILL OVERWRITE the “a” One. And, so undo any changes you may have made. I will say at the Moment, only in as far as someone will surely get ’round to mending it.

    • Grover says:

      I think Google removed the ‘access’ of doing that .
      I am curious if anybody found a way around it

  3. Pawel says:

    Your welcome, thank for adding my picture to your website. I like it. I visit your web every day.

  4. ace boogie says:

    Does this update wipe the device of existing apps etc?

    • Masterblaster says:

      No it doesn’t wipe any apps, data or format any drives. It is safe to upgrade.
      Only thing I found is some notifications from some apps appear or chime when somethings are pushed. But now, you can go into permissions and disable them. Overall a strong stable build.

  5. Robert Simandl says:

    Audio on the Amazon app seems a bit flaky. I started playing an episode of Arrow and it was only playing in stereo (spread to surround by my Pro Logic decoder). I stopped the episode, restarted the Shield, went to the Amazon app, and fired up that same episode, and it played in 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus. I hadn’t changed any settings. Insert Twilight Zone music here.

  6. drumst1x says:

    I just did the upgrade, no apps were wiped, which was great. Didn’t try the amazon app yet (i DO have prime, so i’m excited to see this). Unfortunately, my FLIRC is no longer working :( Only just noticed it, but I’ve got a harmony One and a FLIRC and all was workign great prior to updating, now only the basic Shield IR codes work. My exit button, specifically, isn’t working (neither is info, menu, etc). Gonna have to investigate more, but already rebooted, unplugged, replugged…. gonna plug the FLIRC back into a PC and make sure it’s not fried, and if not, not really sure what to do next… It’s as if the FLIRC isn’t even plugged in!!! :(

    • Ichijoe says:

      Sounds like nVIDIA might have forgone installing such a USB Driver to their Kernel. I have Two ideas for you. One, search for an AndroidTV FLIRC App, should One exist, and install it. TWo, contact nVIDIA though the Shield TV System Settings > About > Send feedback to NVIDIA, and re-request that they make the appropriate USB Drivers available again, in a future Update.

      • Ichijoe says:

        * USB Kernel Drivers… Not to be confused with say ADB USB Drivers, which is something a bit different.

        • drumst1x says:

          I sincerely hope that isn’t the case…. Not really looking to install a custom kernel on my Fire TV (if any even exist). I have the original FLIRC, and I just saw that they came out w/ a new one, and the new one supposedly does some new hardware mumbo jumbo to no longer require drivers on Windows due to the HID device ID they gave the FLIRC (or something… I really don’t understand it that well and didn’t read up TOO Much on it, just saw the announcement). Wondering if that second gen one would work, but ideally not wanting to have to buy a new piece of hardware due to updating the software on my Shield. Oh well…. when i eventually have some time, i’ll investigate further. Thanks for the details/info though!!

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