SHIELD Portable receives Android 5.1 Lollipop update

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. 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.

Beyond the OS update it adds support for Chromecast or any Google Cast Ready device, updates the Twitch app to the latest version, and fixes a bug that was preventing people from reading Google Play Books. 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. 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.

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). 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. 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.

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.

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