The Nvidia Shield TV has long been one of the best Android TV boxes on the market and indeed one of the best set-top boxes in full, but it is fair to say that it needs a refreshment – and spotted according to code in Google's development tools, that renewal may be imminent.
The Google Play Console dashboard now makes reference to a new Nvidia Shield TV configuration code name & apos; mdarcy & apos; which seems to be a slight variation on the current & apos; darcy & apos; fashion model.
At first glance, there don't seem to be too many differences between the two models – perhaps the most important: the new model comes with Android 9 Pie on board.
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The updated model still has the same Tegra X1 T210 chip as the old one, according to the uncovered statement, but that can just be a placeholder.
New accessories too?
It is not the first we have heard this year about a revised and updated Nvidia Shield TV. In March, code in the software on the box itself referred to a new hardware, although apparently it was improved input devices that were on the table.
With the most recent renewal of the Nvidia Shield TV two years ago, the timing seems good for an updated model, whether that is the main compartment itself, the remote control and the controller that goes with it, or everything at once.
Android TV fans don't have much choice when it comes to finding devices with Google's built-in TV operating system. You can find it on televisions from Sony and TCL, but Google itself seems more interested in the Chromecast.
A new Nvidia Shield TV could give Android TV the boost it needs in an increasingly competitive market – and who knows, maybe it will come with integrated Google Stages support.
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Via Android Police