Nvidia on Thursday, September 28, 2107 announced that its Shield TV now includes Google Assistant as part of its Shield Experience Upgrade 6.0 update, which is now available for download. The update also lets the Shield device work as a SmartThings Hub when paired with a SmartThinks Link.
The SmartThings Link, which can be used to connect Shield TV as a SmartThings Hub, will be released in the coming months with a promotional launch price of US$14.99. The regular price will be $39.99.
Shield TV supports voice commands to search apps, play and pause TV, and seek out particular programs. Users can ask questions of Google Assistant to get information not only about TV shows, characters and actors, but also about weather, news updates, sport scores, and a multitude of topics.
Users will be able to communicate with Google Assistant using natural language commands.
The set-top box, which can be integrated with the user’s Google Calendar, offers much of the functionality available in a Google Home smart speaker, including setting timers and alarms, and making phone calls.
Where it could offer a step up from Google Home is that Nvidia’s Shield TV provides a way for information to be visually displayed on a TV screen in addition to being verbally relayed to the user.
The Shield TV integrates with streaming apps from HBO, Netflix and other services.
New and existing Shield owners will receive three months of Google’s YouTube Red — the ad-free version of the video service — for free.