Dual Boot Android & Android TV

Android TV is a branch of Android which is optimized for remote controls and a living room interface. That’s great for many people, though some may feel like it is limiting and they’d prefer using a mouse and keyboard for navigation. While ROMs have already existed that can put stock Android on your NVIDIA Shield TV, it has always been a choice of one of the other.

This is changing due to a new procedure that lets you boot your NVIDIA into either Android TV or stock Android depending on your preference. Dual booting gives users greater choice by letting them choose continually. The video below from DroidMote shows this in action.

The setup instructions on how this is done, courtesy of Videomap.it member zulu99, is non-trivial. It requires downloading recovery firmware and stock Android to a USB drive and executing a series of commands on the device to install this recovery code.

Once this is done, if correct, you can use an app like Flashify to restore a specific kernel. This in turn will reboot your device into the other operating system. Then you will have Android Marshmallow in both modes and be able to switch at will. Once Android Nougat is released, it should be possible to swap out the stock Marshmallow ROM for stock Nougat, and NVIDIA will probably add Nougat support to the Shield TV as well.

It should go without saying that this should be done only if you know what you’re doing and you’re willing to live with the potential of bricking your device. However, hobbyists may be enticed by this. Will you do multi-booting to your Shield TV? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Francis L-R

    Now, I wish someone would build an Android TV ROM for the Nvidia Shield Tablet!