Today, NVIDIA is rolling out update 2.1 for its Shield Tablet, which updates the Android version from 5.0 to 5.0.1 Lollipop with some Bugs fixes.
Along with the newer version of Android, the tablet also gets new effects in the Camera Awesome app, Shield Power Control Menu, OpenGL 4.5 support, localization improvements, memory optimizations, and general UI performance improvements.
According to a new report, NVIDIA is hard at work on the successor of the Shield Android tablet (a.k.a NVIDIA Shield 2). The sequel of the 8-inch gaming slate is rumored to launch bymid-March or earlier.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest highlight in the upcoming tablet will be its NVIDIA Tegra X1 chipset with Maxwell GPU. Announced during CES in January, the X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 teraflop floating point performance.
During the Tegra X1 unveiling, NVIDIA announced that devices with the new silicon will launch in the first half of this year. As always, we will be on the lookout for more info on the upcoming device. Until then, take the above report with a grain of salt.
Nvidia has just published a video on YouTube in which it teases the upcoming Lollipop update for Nvidia's Shield tablet. The roll-out time frame of "November" is mentioned quite a few times, so we're assuming Nvidia's engineers are pretty sure they'll be able to pull it off. The company still confirms that the update is coming this Month.
The video, which you can see in full below, also quickly skims through a couple of Nvidia-specific additions for the Shield tablet. The Dabbler app and the Shield Hub will both be updated, with the new versions landing alongside the Lollipop update.
NVIDIA has kept its promise and the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD Tablet has already been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Fortunately, its LTE-enabled sibling won't stay far behind in terms of software, as it is also receiving the freshest variation of the confectionery mobile platform too.
Apart from getting all the bells and whistles that Lollipop is known for, i.e. the ART runtime, Material Design, the battery-friendly Project Volta, etc. Apart from treating its LTE gaming slate to Android 5.0, NVIDIA has also added a little something something from itself the new NVIDIA Dabbler app, for example, is a powerful graphics-editing app, which comes with layer support, custom stensils, and various effects.
The update is rolling out over-the-air just reach and grab it from your gaming tablet's Settings menu. If you don't own a SHIELD Tablet, on the other hand, you can get one as a part of NVIDIA's Black Friday bundle deal.