Still, given its fixed nature and the relative cheapness of USB 3.0 flash drives, I'm not especially miffed over this.You get two USB 3.0 ports and gigabit ethernet, so the SHIELD is still pretty capable at connectivity.

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Now, many of the changes in the 2017 version of SHIELD came to the existing SHIELD console today via the 5.0 upgrade, including Android 7.0.

The old model, too, will get Google Assistant, Smart Things support, and Amazon Instant Video.

If a good seed that is full of potential isn’t planted in good soil, it’s not going to become what it was created to be.

In the same way, you’re a seed full of gifts, talents and potential, and you need healthy soil to bloom into everything God has created you to be.

The joysticks generally feel good to use, the buttons have decent action, and the triggers are smooth with good, firm recoil.

I don't expect to do a ton of gaming on the SHIELD (I never did on the old one), so I'm afraid my thoughts don't extend too far beyond that on the gamepad.(*Except always-on 'OK Google' hotword detection - you'll need to pick up the new 2017 gamepad or remote to get that once the feature is activated in an OTA that adds Assistant.But those new accessories will work with the older SHIELD just fine.) Unfortunately, some of the new features I really want to try, like Assistant for Android TV, won't launch for a while yet.The remote senses when it's been picked up to turn itself on, which seems to be a bit hit or miss if I'm honest.It definitely takes a few seconds for the remote to know I've grabbed it and activate sometimes, and mine in general seems a bit spotty.God didn't create you to live an average, ordinary life. You're not going to "just get by" or "barely make it"; you're destined for growth, for gain, for greatness! Get ready for God to take you further than you ever thought possible.