Despite bowing out of the mobile market, NVIDIA truly became an exemplar within the Android community, a minimum of when it involves software support. Years after it launched in SHIELD TV boxes, NVIDIA continued pushing big and little updates beyond what most OEMs would have wiped out in the past. Sadly, goodies do come to an end, and therefore the graphics tech giant has just confirmed that the SHIELD TV won’t be getting Android 10, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be getting updates either.
The first SHIELD TV Android TV device launched back in 2015, and unless you’ve been keeping tabs on the Android TV market, you’d have expected these to possess to be abandoned by now. In 2019, however, even those boxes got updated to the newest Android 9.0 version of Android TV and continued to receive feature updates. However, with Android 12 just around the corner, owners have started asking about an Android 10 update for their faithful devices.
The official answer, unfortunately, is a no. To be more precise, NVIDIA says that it had been a “no-op” for the corporate, meaning they decided to skip it. They decided that Android 10 for Android TV didn’t carry big changes that might have benefited users but still required tons of labor to release.
That’s not to say NVIDIA is completed with the SHIELD TV, especially since its last SHIELD Experience update was released just last May. An equivalent NVIDIA staffer hinted that there’s still tons of development happening for the platform, which may be a touch surprising for a line of devices whose latest model was launched back in 2019. but, with NVIDIA pushing its GeForce NOW streaming service, it’s not that unexpected either.
There may be a little chance that NVIDIA will jump to Android 11, which probably accumulates tons more substantial changes to the platform than Android 10. That, however, might be an illusion, but SHIELD TV owners won’t be missing much from the newest Android TV releases, especially since NVIDIA provides its own experience on top anyway.