Nvidia Updates Shield to Android 5.1, Ditches Some Apps

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dell Venue 8 Tablet, Nvidia Shield Portable jump ahead to Android 5.1.

Still using the Nvidia Shield Portable? 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.

They’re the highlight in a slower-than-usual week for Android devices, especially with the first-generation AT&T Moto X pushed back to a holding pattern. Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes. 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. The Tegra Note 7 is a little different from NVIDIA’s other Android devices, since the company provided the designs, but partnered with third-party companies to actually produce the tablet.

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. You can connect up to Nvidia’s Grid service (free, for one more week) and let the company handle the computing power for big titles that wouldn’t otherwise be able to run on the device. NVIDIA’s software update not only brings Android 5.1 to the aging tablet, but it also offers improvements for the DirectStylus digital pen that comes with the tablet, fixes some issues with app compatibility, and improves network, audio, and display issues. The same goes for Steam, if you’re a big fan of Valve’s digital distribution platform; you can let a more powerful computer handle the processing and interact with the game from your Shield device as if it was running the title itself.

For the most part though, the update is aimed at folks who already have a tablet… and it’s nice to see that NVIDIA continues to support some of its older products even while it pushes newer models like the Shield Tablet. Nvidia launched its Shield Portable back in 2013, a one-of-a kind hybrid device which could function not only as a handheld gaming device but also as a mini-tablet computer. 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.

If you haven’t played in awhile, you likely have a few updates to slog through—and that includes the most recent update from Nvidia that brings the device up to Android 5.1 (Lollipop). 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. Miracast functionality will also depart, but the Shield will now be fully equipped to work with a Chromecast (or any other Google Cast device that you own).

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