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Nvidia Shield Tablet getting Android L this autumn

Sam Loveridge


Nvidia Shield Tablet
Nvidia Shield Tablet

The Nvidia Shield Tablet will be getting Android L as soon as possible, Nvidia has confirmed.

Currently the gaming-centric Nvidia tablet is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but Nvidia has revealed it will get Android L as close to its release as they can.

Speaking to TrustedReviews at GamesCom, Nvidia showed off the new Shield Tablet, which has just been released in the UK.

“We are very well known for ensuring our devices always patch up as close to market release as possible”, explained Nvidia's Ben Berraondo. “We have listened very closely to the feedback from users and haven’t added any skinning or overlays. It’s just the standard Nexus experience.”

The Nvidia Shield Tablet runs on the latest Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor and the company is excited that it is already compatible with the enhanced capabilities coming with Android L.

Among other enhancements coming with Android L, the Android Extension Pack will open up huge new gaming capabilities for mobile developers.

“One of the main focuses for Android L is to make mobile gaming really popular and very graphically rich just as PC gaming is. What [Google} discovered was that every 3 out of 4 purchases on the Google Play Store was a game purchase, so they see the humongous potential for gaming on mobile devices,” explained a lead Nvidia Shield developer .

“They integrated this feature called Android Extension Pack into its next generation OS. What Android Extension Pack basically does is ports over some of the high end graphic features like dynamic lighting, tessellation and global illumination and things like that. It repackages it into existing mobile graphic APIs, so that mobile game developers can easily use these features to develop rich mobile gaming experiences", explained Sridhar Ramaswamy, Nvidia's Director of Technical Product Marketing.

“The fact that our Tegra K1 processor is based on our high-end gaming GPU architecture means we already support this feature. This comes for free for us. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is already enabled and developers won’t have to do any additional work.”

The Nvidia Shield Tablet features an 8-inch full 1080p HD display and is surrounded by front-facing speakers equipped with Nvidia PureAudio technology. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for Twitch streaming.

It is built with an integrated magnesium shield that should keep the tablet cool for extended gaming sessions and you’ll also get a DirectStylus 2 pen that is stored within the slate.

Read more: Android L Features - What's new?

Patrick Plante

August 19, 2014, 4:47 pm

No word on nVidia Shield portable? Currently running 4.4.2, hope it will get 4.4.4 at least and maybe Android L. They said they will continue to support the Shield portable alongside Shield tablet, so I assume we will get Android L on Shield portable, right?


August 19, 2014, 5:53 pm

This! Just got mine last night! Very impressed. The minimal amounts of additional overlay they on top of Android do is really well thought out. Hope to see an L update as well.

It was just the right form factor for me to take around the house, or play a few rounds of my favorite games before bed ... a few issues with the latest game streaming software ... finding the latest version of the update was on the forums and wasn't pushed to the device as an update. Other than the smoothness of the setup, I find it pretty nice to have a full android device, a great mobile game platform and the ability to stream my favorite 'pc' games as well.

The screen on the portable version is 720p ... and Ive been very impressed with the quality and sharpness. Im very happy with this buy at $200. The tablet looks great too, it just wasn't the right fit for me.

Thanks for the update, Engadget.


August 19, 2014, 6:03 pm

"The Nvidia Shield Tablet features an 8-inch full 1080p HD display and is" ...

Note: I think the Shield Tablet has a: 1,920 x 1,200 display

Justin Strickland

August 21, 2014, 1:03 pm

Eightbitprince is right, the Resolution listed in the article is incorrect. I own one of these, and the res is definitely 1200

Alex Grey

September 9, 2014, 3:21 pm

I'm loving mine for the most part. I use it primarily for artwork, and the stylus, to me, sets a new standard. I much prefer it to the S-Pen, even with the Wacom Feel. As for the battery life issue that nay-sayers want to bring up, with the custom power profiles I get excellent battery life when I'm doing 'typical' tablet things, and full power is two taps away. In short, an excellent tablet at twice the price...a ridiculous tablet at its actual price. Looking forward to Android L, quick support is just more icing on a great tasting cake.

Tanner Fredrickson

September 17, 2014, 11:11 am

I'm glad to hear this. I'm a couple days away from ordering a Shield Tablet, and the GPU accelerated stylus was one of the things that sold it for me. I don't expect it to be perfect... But if it's better than the competition at the price point, that's enough.


September 22, 2014, 12:46 am

This POS sucks, it cracks itself and the battery drains even while plugged in

Stevan Becarevic

October 10, 2014, 2:28 pm

Mine is running on 4.4.2 and says that there are no updates avaivable, and since i have the 4.4.4 version on my nexus 5 it would be nice to get the explanation why i am not getting the latest android version on my Shield Tablet . Thank you !

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