Chromecast Google TV / Nvidia Shield / Android TV Secret Features

Shield TV Mobile App IOS/Android

Link for IOS

Link for Android

When you start the app, this is what you will see:

The application will scan your network and find any compatible Shield devices. As long as your Shield is on the same network as your Shield, you will be able to connect to it.

Select your Shield and you will then see all of the applications installed on your Shield

If you click any of them, it will launch the application. You can also use a virtual touchpad and keyboard direct from the app. The last cool thing the app allows is you can use it to find your lost remote control. Click on the 3 dots on the top right:

You can see there is an option here to “Find my remote”, select that and your remote control will make an audible beep.

Sideload Launcher

If you install 3rd party applications, especially ones not specifically designed for Android TV, you will not see them on your home application row. An easy way you can resolve this is by installing sideload launcher

Click here to install

As soon as you launch the application, you will see all of your installed applications:

It doesn’t matter where you installed the application from, you will see all of them via the sideload launcher.

Virtual Mouse toggle

If you want to use your standard remote control as a virtual mouse, install this:

Mouse toggle for Android TV

Follow the steps here for the complete steps

Google Stadia On Shield TV

Google Stadia is cloud gaming’s first truly bright long-term forecast. After spending years tied to the console the upgrade cycle, gamers are about to get a welcome reprieve.

Stadia grants you access to a growing digital game library that works anywhere you go. Ambitious as it sounds, we’ve finally tested it in our own home and we can firmly say that it’s a true console alternative and, in time, a potential platform killer.

It’s doing a lot of things right. Besides offering surprisingly enjoyable performance with little-to-no latency on our home network, the service offers on-the-go streaming via phones and tablets as well as at home on PCs and Chromecast. On top of that, Stadia does built-in YouTube Gaming live-streaming and, if you buy a Premiere Edition, comes with an ergonomic Wi-Fi controller that reduces latency showing Google has looked at Stadia from all angles. 

Follow the step by step install guide here

Apple TV Screen savers

Install the following your device

Aerial Dream

Open up the application and you will see:

Here you can customise the 4 video sources. You can also choose if you want to show the time and location. Once you have set your options

You can click on Test settings to try out the screen saver. Once you are happy, you can select “Open system screensaver options”

Change the default screensaver to use Aerial Dream and you’re all set

ADB Performance Tweaks

Firstly lets enable the developer options by going to Settings > About SHIELD, scroll to the bottom and tap Build Number several times

Once you see the following message:

Press back on the remote and open the developer options

For maximum performance, turn the following the options off

Once done, it will look like

That’s it, you should notice an improved UI / Navigation performance as you device is not waiting for those animations to complete.

Watch the process in action here: