NVIDIA announced the 3.2 update for its SHIELD set-top box earlier this month, cramming in so many features and new capabilities that it's practically its own little Android version bump. Today's the day: if you have a SHIELD TV, you should be able to manually update it now if it isn't already showing the notification. Even if you don't intend to use the headline Plex server feature, there are plenty of other goodies inside that should make media consumption richer and easier.
But yes, the Plex server is the big thing. Along with the recently-updated app, the SHIELD can now host and transcode videos, photos, and music for streaming to other computers and gadgets, just like the PC version of the software. It's the only Android-powered device that's been given the capability. Naturally the more expansive SHIELD Pro model with its 500GB hard drive is more suited to being a media server, and even that's a little on the slim side as far as storage goes. To that end, NVIDIA has added the capability to mount a network-attached storage drive to the SHIELD, along with the usual USB and MicroSD storage options.
Speaking of storage: now it's a lot easier to get local video content onto the SHIELD. The 3.2 update allows local Windows or MacOS machines to access the SHIELD's internal or shared storage over the network. This is a huge plus for anyone who's had to wrestle with AirDroid or similar to try and send files to the SHIELD from a desktop PC. At the time of writing a networked PC can't access external storage on the SHIELD, so it might be best to either transfer to a USB drive directly or use the SHIELD's new network storage capability to access it remotely.
Here ae the rest of the goodies hidden in the update: