NVIDIA Shield update trades ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ for Google Cast

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable updated to Android 5.1, adds Chromecast support.

NVIDIA has just begun rolling out the big Android 5.1 Lollipop update to its Shield Portable gaming system, which will not only bring along some new functionality, but will also remove a few apps and features that are no longer supported.While the SHIELD Portable is now twice removed as the latest SHIELD device on the block, NVIDIA certainly hasn’t forgotten about those that got on board the SHIELD bandwagon early. Naturally Shield Portable owners have had to wait for a considerable amount of time to get a taste of Lollipop but now that the update is finally here they can get down to the business of downloading and installing it on their device. The update removes support for Miracast wireless display streaming, removes the Android Browser (which you probably don’t need since you have Chrome anyway), and removes a few games including Sonic 4, Episode II and Expendable: Rearmed.

The original Shield Portable has now been upgraded to the latest version of Lollipop OS, it includes fix for a bug that didn’t allow books to be read in the Google Play Books app. We’re not quite sure how many users actually use Miracast to stream their games from this device, but the company must have a good reason for removing support.

The Chromecast support alone seems worth the price of admission to me, but mainly I’m just pleased to see NVIDIA continue its strong track record with updating the SHIELD devices.

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