Nvidia Corporation Rolls Out Android 5.1 Update To Its Shield Portable

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable Gets Its Android 5.1 Update, Adds Chromecast Support.

Aside from bringing everything that comes part and parcel of Lollipop the update also removes some games and features that were limited to the previous KitKat software for the Shield Portable.

An optional update has been prepared for the NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming device that will shortly be rolling out to devices bring Android 5.1 together with it support for Google’s Chromecast technology.This update fixes a problem with not being able to read books in the Google Play Books app, and it also removes apps and features not supported by this version of the OS. On the flip side, the Shield Portable receives Chromecast support, which, of course, allows you to push audio and/or video content to a TV via the included HDMI dongle. To re-cap Google Chromecast can stream media through your network and from your laptop, desktop, smartphone and now NVIDIA Shield together with support for app such as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, as well as wealth of other Google Play content.

However, it’s only been since February and that update, aka Software Upgrade 101, merely improved stability and implemented fixes that makes emulators run better than before. Obviously, you’ll find the standard, chaotic fun of boxing in your friends behind a soon-to-explode object, but there’s a little more to the experience than that. Unfortunately though NVIDIA has removed support for Miracast the peer-to-peer, and wireless, technology that uses a Wi-Fi Direct connection, within this update.

These games were available to users of the handheld since their launch; however, instead of finding solutions to make these games compatible with Android 5.1, Nvidia has decided to scrap them for good. However, Nvidia has warned that some of the pre-installed apps on Shield Portable console will not be compatible with the Android “Lollipop” version.

In fact, according to Nvidia, Software Upgrade 103 brings the platform up to Android 5.1 “Lollipop.” Shield Portable owners can install the update now. However, Nvidia warns customers that the update will break some apps that were pre-installed on the console because they are not compatible with this build of Android. Nvidia is well-known worldwide for its high-end graphics processing units (GPUs), along with system-on-a-chip units (SOCs) for the mobile computing market.

Built-in apps like Sonic 4, Expendable: Rearmed, and the Android Browser are no longer installed in the 5.1 image (nor will they work at all, apparently). However, this does force those who still want Miracast’s functionality and do not have Google’s digital media player to either stay with Android 5.0 or update to 5.1 and buy a Chromecast. It’s important to be smart about which of the eight playable characters you choose, because each has their own special ability that can make a big difference in battle. Miracast support has also been replaced with Chromecast. “Please note that we also included the latest Twitch app (white Twitch icon) in this system update,” Nvidia said on Thursday. “If you previously updated the Twitch app on KitKat (purple Twitch icon), you will note after installing the new system update that you will have two Twitch apps (white and purple Twitch icons). It was the first gadget in the market to make use of the company’s Tegra 4 processor, featuring a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, and running on Android KitKat since its launch.

It was applauded for its exceptional performance; however, a lack of compelling games, coupled with a high price of $300, were the main reasons why the handheld device didn’t take off as the company would have liked. The goal is to hit your opponents with them and knock them off of the stage, a clever change of pace that ends up being just as impactful as the standard mode. Instead of killing off enemies, you’re out to lay down bombs all over the stage to cover it in your personal paint, and your friends are doing the same. Your character has a collection of friendly characters trailing behind them, and you need to protect the lot of them from the oncoming hordes of minions. It’s also a serious little piece of gaming hardware, though, ready to stream HD games from NVIDIA’s GRID service or straight from your PC, and there’s a range of new and classic titles available that have been remastered especially to take advantage of the SHIELD’s top-end Tegra X1 mobile processor.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 picks up exactly where Episode 1 left off, with silent bad-ass scientist trapped on a train that’s just been derailed on a bridge, but it’s not long until he’s freed by the ever helpful Alyx Vance and ready for action once more in his ongoing battle against the mysterious Combine that’s taken over the Earth. Along with acid-spitting worker antlions that’ll deal an enormous blow to your health if you give them half a chance, there’s the huge antlion guardian that can take a huge amount of punishment and that you’ll simply have to run away from on your first encounter as you’re not allowed to kill it. You’re unlikely to forget your first meeting with another new enemy type, the Hunter: it’s a fast and brutal eight-foot tripod that’ll blast you with exploding flechettes, and which you’ll have a hard time killing with conventional weapons. Rather than waste ammunition on a Hunter, your best bet is to get out your gravity gun and hunt for something explosive to fire at it; thankfully whenever you encounter Hunters you’re also likely to find plenty of gas canisters and exploding barrel.

Your only chance is to fire Magnusson Devices – powerful sticky bombs – at the Striders’ bodies and then detonate them with a gunshot, but their Hunter escorts are there to make things even harder for you. Pro tip: deal with the Hunters by ramming them with your car before you take on a Strider, and run away for extra health before taking on the next Strider.

There was supposed to be an Episode 3 and the game hints at what’s next, including a glimpse of a lost Aperture Science research ship that Gordon needs to track down in order to find some useful technology that might help the resistance; portal gun, anyone? If you’ve played all the other games then you owe it to yourself to see Episode 2 through on SHIELD; let’s hope that Valve really is quietly working on Half-Life 3 to pick up where it leaves off.

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