The last update to NVIDIA's Android-powered SHIELD game machine was only a month ago, but there's another one waiting in the wings. Since SHIELD is already running the latest version of Android, this is a maintenance update, but NVIDIA seems to be sending the full software image (460 megabytes) anyway. SHIELD users should see it pop up on their screens sometime today - make sure you're near a speedy WiFi access point before you begin.


So what's in there? According to the changelog, just three things: an Apps2SD bug fix, a bug fix for the bumper button volume function (much easier than using the on-screen virtual volume keys), and better security and speed for the GameStream service. That's all there is, there isn't any more. In order to get the latter working with your NVIDIA GeForce-equipped gaming PC, you'll need the latest version of GeForce Experience installed - download it here.

Don't mistake my flippant tone for dissatisfaction: while NVIDIA could probably optimize its file sizes a little better, their software support for SHIELD has been exemplary thus far. (My DROID MAXX has had a home button bug since the KitKat update in January.) SHIELD owners, check your Settings>About Device menu if you don't see the over-the-air update coming in.

Source: NVIDIA

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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  • rodrigo canelo

    so now can we move apps to the sd Card with android kitkat?

    • Crispin Swickard

      Only on devices that manufacturers enable it.

      • rodrigo canelo

        so the the shiekld is enabled now?

        • Crispin Swickard

          That's what it appears from the release info. I personally don't have one to confirm, but a friend does. I can see if they can test it.

          • rodrigo canelo

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  • didibus

    I got a Shield during the 50$ off april promotion, and boy oh boy am I satisfied. It is way better than I could have imagined. Probably the best handheld I've ever owned.

    The build is great, the screen is gorgeous, but the controller is what makes it so awesome. I honestly hope if Playstation makes a new Vita, they have to do it like Shield, give us a full blown controller that's as close as possible to the real thing. It makes the gaming experience that much better.

    But Shield would still be better than a new Vita with a proper controller. And I don't say that lightly. The thing is, having full blown Android is amazing! And it works surprisingly well when used with the Shield's hybrid of controller controlled and touch screen.

    Need it to play some tunes, or watch some shows, or check out your emails, or have a hangout, or google something quickly, or Ok Google whatever you want, it's all in there. Want to play emulators, you have a golden experience, Genesis, SNES, Dreamcast, PS1, PSP, MAME, it all works flawlessly. You don't even need to go through a PC, you can download the roms straight from the Shield! You can stream full blown PC games!!!! Let's just say that lazy couch/bed/bathroom gaming in your house has never been this awesome. It's amazing to see a PC game running on the shield, the graphics are gorgeous for a Handheld lol. Android Games have infinite potential too, there's not that many of them which are really made for the controller, but with time, it'll just get better and better. There are still a few that are pretty good. And all of them are so cheap.

    Grid, which is Nvidia's version of OnLive actually works really well if you have a good connection. It's so much better then OnLive in terms of performance, I am amazed. And I'm in Canada, while Nvidia says you should only use it if you are in California, since that is where the only server is for now. I can't wait for them to expand the feature.

    Bu the way, since it is running Android, you can actually use OnLive with it. You can also use Kainy or Splashtop if you don't have a GeForce card and still want to stream PC games to it. Kainy works quite well and is only 3$.

    • primalxconvoy

      Thing is, my Galaxy Note 2 with a Moga Pro Power is just as good, if not better.

      • didibus

        Ya sure, that's a good alternative. Though I'd say it's nice to have the Shield anyways. Since I don't want to fill my phone memory with game data, and game data take quite a lot of space. It's fun to keep them separate. Also, the Shield's Game Mapper is really useful for playing games which aren't properly made for controllers. Oh, and battery life is amazing on Shield, though I guess Note 2 + power moga might give you a good amount of juice. Anyways, my conclusion is that Android + full blown controller is pretty awesome. Shield is just a very well made android + controller hardware for a good price.

  • didibus

    I think this update fixes the problem people were having where when trying to move a big game to the SD card it wouldn't work. That's a much needed fix, since 16gig is so little for games.

    By the way, I don't think it's possible for them to patch the OS, I think that's the case for all Android systems, the way Android updates itself is an all or nothing. There's no patching mechanism like in Windows. At least, that's what I think.

  • John charitos

    I guess i'm lucky, i had neither bug for the bumper buttoms for volume or apps2sd because both worked fine. Great device anyone on the fence on this should go ahead and get it.

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