A new update is rolling out to the Shield Tablet today with a small selection of fixes, though these are issues people have been pestering NVIDIA about for a while now. Start hitting that update button.
NVIDIA has generally been among the best manufacturers when it comes to timely Android updates. With semi-monthly software updates to the original SHIELD Portable and SHIELD Tablet, complete with bug fixes and feature improvements, there wasn't really any doubt that the company's new Tegra K1-powered flagship would be getting a Lollipop upgrade. Even so, NVIDIA went and made it official with the tweet below.
Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet.
Today is SHIELD Tablet LTE launch day, and NVIDIA is making sure customers who pick up its newest gaming device are taken care of. Both versions of ST - Wi-Fi and LTE - are getting bumped up to software build 1.2, which brings a handful of new features and tweaks to the eight-inch slate:
Release date: 9/30/14
SHIELD Tablet Software Upgrades 1.2
This update contains important enhancements and bug fixes, including:
- Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
- Network Test capability
- User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
- Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
- Improved Touch Performance
Two months ago, we looked at the newest member of the SHIELD family, NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet. This eight-inch beast is one of the first devices to feature NVIDIA's screaming fast Tegra K1 processor, which makes it not only a killer gaming tablet, but an all-around great digital sidekick for general use. I've used it for everything from Trine 2 gaming sessions on the TV (in Console Mode) to writing full reviews with an external keyboard, and it has been up to the task every time.
Are you looking for a powerful little tablet for yourself, or perhaps a Christmas present? Then you might want to mosey on over to Newegg, where EVGA's model of the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 reference hardware is currently on sale. You can pick one up for just $129.99, an impressive $70 off of the retail price. Newegg is also offering free economy shipping via its "super Eggsaver" option. Sorry, international readers: though Newegg has stores in a handful of other countries, it looks like this deal is limited to the US.
One of the nicest things about NVIDIA's various bits of Android gaming hardware is that they get updated early and often. The SHIELD Portable is already running on the latest version of Android, but a new update (dated Tuesday, but apparently going out a little late) has fixed a few small issues with GameStream and other services. If you have a SHIELD, check your Settings menu - the 480.9MB update should be available as soon as you check it manually.
At the end of July we reviewed SHIELD Tablet (and loved it), but the big question on a lot of would-be users' minds was "when will the LTE model be coming out?" Well, we finally have our answer: soon. September 30th-soon, to be exact.
As you may remember, the LTE model is essentially identical to the Wi-Fi model, with the addition of LTE connectivity and increased storage – up to 32GB from 16GB.
There was an interesting little tidbit buried in the legal filings related to NVIDIA's patent suit against Qualcomm, which was just announced last week. The issue surrounds various GPU technologies that NVIDIA says Qualcomm is using without a license. More interesting than all that legal mumbo-jumbo is what NVIDIA had to say about an upcoming Tegra K1 device—the HTC Nexus 9. Yes, they actually said it.
If you were hoping that the litigious nature of the consumer electronics industry would fade out any time soon, well, keep on hoping. Today NVIDIA announced that it has initiated a suit against phone and tablet manufacturer Samsung and mobile chip supplier Qualcomm in the US District Court of Delaware for violating seven of its patents. The company is also petitioning the International Trade Commission to block shipments of Samsung devices using Adreno, Mali, or PowerVR graphical processing units.
The Shield Tablet is a great device, but it's about to get even better with update v1.1. The OTA (clocking in at a lean 84.1MB) is hitting devices as you read this, so owners would to well to check the update menu. NVIDIA doesn't usually stage these OTAs, so all Shield Tablets should have the update available.