Big NVIDIA news this morning, with the company shipping out Software Experience Upgrade 9.1 to SHIELD TV devices, plus the with the launch of Samsung Gaming Hub, gamers can take advantage of GeForce NOW being one of the supported cloud services at launch. So much gaming!
Experience Upgrade 9.1 has plenty of enhancements built into it, though, you’ll notice from the changelog below that it could also be seen as a bug fixer-upper. For new things, SHIELD TV users will notice support to auto enable Game Mode on supported televisions, a new night listening mode (HDMI audio only), AI upscaling support for 60Hz HDR10 video on the SHIELD Pro, plus plenty else.
If this is your first time hearing of Gaming Hub from Samsung, it’s a new gaming platform for select Samsung smart TVs. If I’m not mistaken, it’s only available for 2022+ models and above. It grants access to apps like GeForce NOW, Stadia, and Xbox with no console or additional hardware required. Put real plainly, the cloud is powering your game and you’re simply streaming it to the TV. With all of that said, it’s now live for those TV owners, so go check out GeForce NOW! It’s quite the accomplishment and makes me wish I could afford a 2022 Samsung smart TV.
Below you can check the full 9.1 changelog, rolling out now to SHIELD TV units.
What’s New in Experience Upgrade 9.1
- Adds support to automatically enable game mode on supported TVs (ALLM)
- Adds night listening mode (HDMI audio only)
- Adds option specify network workgroup when connecting to SHIELD over local network
- Adds option to create your own password when connecting to SHIELD over local network
- [SHIELD Pro 2019] Adds AI upscaling support for 60Hz HDR10 video
- [SHIELD Remote 2019] Adds option to only wake SHIELD with power or NETFLIX button
- [Game Controllers] Adds option to only wake SHIELD with logo button
- Adds option to match uncompressed audio with Dolby reference volume levels
- Adds option to disable displaying HDR/Dolby Vision content
- Adds notification when app uses microphone
- Fixes bug where Dolby Vision mode would become re-enabled after reboot
- Resolves issue where link speed was not reported when connecting ethernet cable
- Resolves issue where “Restart Wi-fi” in Quick Settings was not working properly
- Resolve audio pops heard after hotplug of USB audio devices
- Fixes bug where some apps would only play through headphones after “Match content audio resolution” is enabled
- HDMI Fixed volume needs disable-enable cycle to get it working
- Fixes bug where stereo upmix would not become enabled after playing multichannel discrete audio
- [SHIELD 2019] Disables comfort noise feature when Dolby Audio Processing is enabled
- Improves file transfer speeds to attached storage
- Resolves issues where NAS would not reconnect after SHIELD restart
- Fixes bug where SHIELD Controller 2017 or SHIELD Remote 2015 would not auto pair after taking upgrade
- SHIELD TV app
- Fixes bug where SHIELD TV app would not send keyboard entries while streaming GeForce NOW
- Resolves SHIELD TV app issue where user could not copy/paste text (passwords, URL, etc)
- Resolves issue connecting to GeForce NOW servers while NVIDIA Share is active
- Improves stream to twitch duration indefinitely
- Fixes bug where video capture with NVIDIA Share would cause GFN streaming to fail
- Resolves issue where system would become unresponsive after enabling Dolby Audio Processing from quick menu
- Resolves issue where SHIELD would wake up unexpectedly
- Improved HDMI-CEC compatiblity with other HDMI connected devices
- Resolves issue where app switcher (double tap home) would not show most recent screenshot properly
- Resolves adb connection issue where host PC would need to be re-authorized after 7 days
- Fixes bug where dpad “up” and “down” would not function after upgrade
Did You Order a Galaxy Z Flip 4 or Galaxy Z Fold 4?
Pre-orders are taking place for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, and as we always say, there’s never a better time to order one of these phones than during this period. Seriously, you should do it.
If you have taken advantage of Samsung’s crazy-good trade-in values, store credit and free accessories, the last thing we want to know is which model you ended up going with. In 2022, both are very good options, seen as relatively minor upgrades over last year’s models, but still offering top specs, water resistance, improved hinge designs for more compact designs, and improved software.
I have been using the Z Fold 4 for a week now and have really been enjoying the experience. The battery life has been great, the displays are nice, and the cameras appear to be very good.
Which option are you going with?
How Good is Android 13 on Pixel Phones?
The stable Android 13 update has been out since the beginning of the week and that means a couple of days for you to run it and establish first impressions. I’m curious what those are, as the update is somewhat minor in new features, but huge in terms of bug fixes from Android 12.
To recap, Android 13 dropped on Monday for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6a. The update was available immediately if you felt like playing in adb, plus we’ve seen it rollout over-the-air as well to some phones. Tim, for example, says he can pull it yet I can’t on my Pixel 6 Pro. Rude, Google.
We talked about all of the new features in Android 13 that you’ll want to be on the lookout for and then spent a lengthy amount of time looking through the list of 150 bugs that Google fixed. Google says it was able to improve “performance, stability, and reliability,” fixed bugs related to charging and Gboard and touch screen palm detection and so much more. Google even says it addressed fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a.
After browsing through reddit, I can see that a number of folks have been quick to share that their fingerprint reader is indeed faster (Do people really believe this?) and that overall performance and stuttering has improved, especially on older Pixel phones.
What about you? How has Android 13 been running on your Pixel phone this week? Or are you still waiting for it?
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Get Major Approval Ahead of Launch
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stopped through the FCC this week, marking a big step towards launch that should happen around October, if previous launches are any indicator. The filings don’t reveal much, other than supported network bands and the presence of UWB again, but they do give us model numbers to pin on each phone going forward.
There are four FCC filings of note to dip into under Google’s FCC ID. Those filings give us model numbers of GVU6C, GQML3, GP4BC, and GE2AE. After looking through several of the documents at the FCC, I’m pretty confident in saying that the first two are the Pixel 7 and the last two are the Pixel 7 Pro. The GVU6C Pixel 7 also has an alternate model number of G03Z5 alongside it, as does the Pixel 7 Pro’s GE2AE, where GFE4J can be added to its list.
To recap, we have Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro model numbers as follows:
- PIXEL 7: GVU6C (G03Z5)
- PIXEL 7: GQML3 – mmW
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GP4BC – UWB
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GE2AE (GFE4J) – UWB, mmW
Each phone has all of the proper network bands to work well here in the US, with select models also supporting 5G mmW. The two models supporting mmW are GQML3 (Pixel 7) and GE2AE (Pixel 7 Pro). The others support sub-6 5G, just not the super speedy 5G mmW that you’ll never attach to anyway.
To tell the difference between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, we really are guessing (assuming) based on the fact that GP4BC and GE2AE have UWB or ultra-wideband support. In the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, only the Pixel 6 Pro had UWB and it looks like that’ll be the case again this year. UWB is used for short-range communications in things like luggage trackers or to help a digital car key talk to a car.
The rest of the big network stuff can be see below, where you’ll find WiFi 6E, NFC, and WPT (wireless power transfer aka wireless charging).
Pixel 7 network bands
Pixel 7 Pro network bands
There isn’t much else to take from this because Google already announced each phone. We’re really just waiting for them to go official, so that we can start playing with their cameras, test Google Tensor 2, and see if Google took are of all of the Pixel 6 line’s modem issues.
If you were hoping this arrival at the FCC would tell us when the Pixel 7 will launch, I’m not sure that it does. The Pixel 6 line hit the FCC in September 2021 and then arrived in October. The Pixel 6a showed up at the FCC in April 2022, was announced in May, and then didn’t ship until July.
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