The NVIDIA SHIELD is the quintessential Android TV box. It's been the face of Google's smart TV platform for years, and it's getting a lot better. NVIDIA announced a new integration with Google Home, making the SHIELD so much better.
What can you do today?
The NVIDIA SHIELD has already done some things with Google Assistant commands. You can do the same as with any Android TV: ask Google to watch a specific video on YouTube, view playlists on Google Play Music, or view a photo album in Google Photos.
These commands were great – and they still work – but now Google Assistant can almost completely replace your SHIELD remote. You can use your voice to turn the SHIELD on and off, open any app, change or mute the volume, and play a particular show from some services.
You need a Google Home device or other Google Assistant device with a microphone. The update should be available soon. NVIDIA has the full list of commands on its website so you know exactly what to say to your machine.
Why is that cool?
Voice commands are cool, but the SHIELD already has a nice remote and a controller to bypass the interface. Well, you may have times when the remote control or controller is all the way there (pointing to a far corner of the living room). You do not want to break your epic netflix binge to go around the room. So just take your vote.
On a more serious note, maybe you know some that are a bit hard to see, or lose the feeling in their fingers. Yes, they can see what's on the TV, but they struggle to find the exact button they need to press. Since they can open their favorite app with their voice, that's no problem. And that is super cool.
This update will ship to SHIELD users this month, but if you want to give it a try, all you need to do is restart your SHIELD. Then you will receive the update within one day. Neat.