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OnePlus and Verizon, Digital Wellbeing updates, NVIDIA updates, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 18th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, Google brings Digital Wellbeing to Android One, Keep Notes is refreshed, the Misft Vapor 2 is leaked in its entirety, and more.

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Digital Wellbeing coming to Android One handsets

Digital Wellbeing Dashboard

With the release of Android Pie, Google introduced its new “Digital Wellbeing” initiative, along with an accompanying app. This has been only limited to Pixel devices, but Google is now bringing the app to Android One devices.

The latest update to the app on the Play Store, brings compatibility to Android One handsets. Those compatible devices must be enrolled in the beta program for Wellbeing, along with being updated to Android 9 Pie.

Google has been pretty quiet about whether this app will expand to more Android devices in the future. Until this changes, you’ll have to own a Pixel or Android One device to take advantage.

Google Keep receives Material Design 2 UI Overhaul

After being rebranded to Keep Notes on Android last month, a big UI redesign is now rolling out. Google has been slowly bringing its new Material Theme UI to various applications, and now Keep is joining in the fun.

When compared to the old version, the main background of the app is now white, and the card colors are a bit softer than before. There is also a new sidebar menu which gives you access to Notes, Reminders, Archive, Trash, and more.

The update is rolling out to users now and comes with a version number of 5.0.411.09. Users should be able to download the update in the coming days if it’s not already available.

Misfit Vapor 2 gets shown off ahead of official announcement

We are expecting to see a new fitness tracker from Misfit announced at any moment. It seems that the Vapor 2 has been leaked, revealing its overall design and a few key specs.

The listing reveals that the wearable will include a 5ATM rating, GPS, and heart rate monitor. There will also be two different screen sizes, but there will be a single band width of 20mm.

Pricing for these starts at around $265, but you can opt for a metal-link band for about $290. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that these will include the new Snapdragon 3100 Wear chipset from Qualcomm.

The OnePlus 6T could work with Verizon

The OnePlus 6T is set to be unveiled in less than two weeks and we are continuing to learn more about the device. Previous rumors suggested the OnePlus was working with T-Mobile to provide the first official carrier partnership in the US.

However, the 6T may have another trick up its sleeve as PCMag is reporting that the device could work with Verizon. According to the report, the 6T includes LTE Band 13, which is “critical for good Verizon compatibility”.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of whether Verizon is working on certifying the device. We’ll learn more in a couple of weeks when OnePlus unveils its more important device ever.

You can now control your Nvidia Shield TV with your Google Home

NVIDIA has announced a new update to the Shield TV which makes it possible to control your device with Google Home. This comes after a recent update which brought Google Assistant support to the Android TV device.

Once the update arrives, you can use your Google Home (or any other Assistant speaker) to perform various actions. These include turning the unit on or off, opening a specific app, adjusting the volume, and even more.

NVIDIA states that the update is starting to roll out today, and will be available on all Shield TV’s within the next month.

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The 3-year old NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets its 20th update

Owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV must be feeling pretty lucky right now, as their device is currently receiving the 20th update since it was released.

The Android TV, which is among the best product in its category, was released back in 2015, so the fact that it’s currently getting its 20th update today is mighty impressive.

Titled the SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1, the new build offers an impressive list of new features and improvements that will refine your overall experience with the device.

What’s new in the Software Experience Upgrade 7.1?

The update brings 120Hz modes for supported TVs and monitors and resurrects NVIDIA Share, which allows users to Broadcast to Twitch, record gameplay and take screenshots.

A bunch of GeForce Now features have also been added including in-game chat support in GeForce Now games like Fortnite via the SHIELD controllers’ headphone jack. On top of that, there’s improved keyboard and mouse support in GeForce Now.

Moreover, NVIDIA also throws in more day-and-date released including Monster Hunter World and F1 2018. Shadow of Tomb Raider will be joining these titles soon enough.

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV companion app is also getting a makeover adding a virtual keyboard and mouse for faster form filling.

Since it was released NVIDIA’s Android TV product has received countless upgrades including three operating system updates that culminated with Android 8.0 Oreo that brought forth a new UI.

Over the years, the SHIELD TV also gained a few AI capabilities. It was the first Android TV to get hands-free Google Assistant integration via SmartThings Hub support. This turned the SHIELD into a hub that could connect to countless smart home devices.

On top of that, the SHIELD’s Google Assistant added voice commands for Google services like Photos and Calendar.

And as it released the 20th update, NVIDIA promised the SHIELD TV will continue to get even better. The company says that old and new users should expect more surprised in the future. Uhu!

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Google Assistant finally comes to Android TV, NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets it first

Back at CES 2017, Google promised the Google Assistant will soon make its way to the Android TV platform. Well after months of waiting (CES took place in January), the feature is finally rolling out, first for the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, but Sony Bravia TVs with Android TV will also be getting it in the […]

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV is now only $179, without the Shield Controller

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV – which was launched a few months ago for $199 – just received a price cut. With this discount, NVIDIA is obviously trying to divert customers away from the new Apple TV 4K which cost $199. The discounted SHIELD TV is offered with 16GB of storage on board and the SHIELD […]

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Metal Gear Solid 2 HD comes to Nvidia Shield TV

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was one of the best games to come out on the PlayStation 2, and it’s one of my favorite games ever. There have been a few re-releases and remasters, but now the critically acclaimed game has made its way to the Nvidia Shield TV Android set top box/game […]

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Tablo’s new app turns Android TVs into standalone DVRs

Following the release of its Tablo Dual – a DVR for cord cutters who wish to record TV over-the-air from a digital antenna, Nuvyyo now returns with a couple of hot new products. The first one is an Android app for Android TV called Tablo Engine, which will initially work with the NVIDIA Shield to […]

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Nvidia Shield is the ultimate Android TV device (Review)

Nvidia is known for their desktop GPUs but they also have their line of Shield-branded Android devices such as the Shield Tablet and the Shield portable gaming device. One device, the Shield TV set-top box, was recently added to the roster as an Android TV device that you can stream your media on as well […]

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Nvidia Shield is the ultimate Android TV device (Review)

Nvidia is known for their desktop GPUs but they also have their line of Shield-branded Android devices such as the Shield Tablet and the Shield portable gaming device. One device, the Shield TV set-top box, was recently added to the roster as an Android TV device that you can stream your media on as well […]

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NVIDIA Shield TV now pairs with PlayStation and Xbox controllers via Bluetooth

You might remember that a few days ago we brought you news that the original NVIDIA Shield was finally getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update, which put it on par with the 2017 model. While NVIDIA posted a list of new features brought about by the new build, some options seems to have flown under

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4K Set-Top Box Showdown: Roku 4 vs. SHIELD TV vs. Fire TV

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If you bought a 4K TV recently (and it’s a good time to start looking at one
), you’re going to need a way to get your 4K-compatible shows onto that screen. Today, we’re breaking down three of the best set-top boxes that can offer 4K (or UHD) streaming.

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