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NVIDIA Shield tablet software update 1.2.1 now available

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is good about keeping its Android-powered tablet, the Shield, updated and performing well. This tablet is squarely aimed at gamers and is most notable for having a fancy controller accessory to control the games. NVIDIA has announced a new software update is now available for the tablet.

The new update brings the tablet to software version 1.2.1 and adds several new enhancements and bug fixes. The update improves WiFi performance on the 5GHz band. Better WiFi performance is something that we all want.

NVIDIA also added in performance optimizations for encrypted devices. The big fix in this update is a remedy for an intermittent charging issue that some users have encountered. The new update landed yesterday.

The last update came on September 30 and brought the device to software version 1.2. It added a lot of new features including improved touch performance and lots more. The new update can be downloaded by going to settings, about Shield, system updates.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

Nexus 9 full stats – pre-order available now

Posted by Tom October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Nexus 9 has been detailed in an attempt to steal some Apple iPad thunder in the headlines and tweets.

Now available for pre-order, the HTC Google crossover device is an 8.9-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet that sees the debut of a 64-bit processor in a Nexus.

The Nexus 9 has an IPS LCD Gorilla Glass 3 display at 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, offering 287ppi.

It runs on the hot NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and graphics are taken care of with the Kepler DX11 graphics chip.

There’s 2GB of RAM, 16GB and 32GB storage options, and an 8MP rear camera behind the 1.8MP front-facer.

It’s slated for $399 / £319 pre-order, and hits the streets November 3rd.

Via techradar

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Receiving Update to 1.2.1, Improves 5GHz WiFi Performance

Posted by Kellex October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

NVIDIA is pushing a new update to their ultimate gaming slate, the SHIELD Tablet, as version 1.2.1. The update is pretty minor, according to the changelog, but does improve WiFi performance on the 5GHz band, fixes a charging issue, and adds some optimizations for encrypted devices. Again, it’s minor. 

Changelog

  • Improved WiFi performance on 5GHz band
  • Performance optimizations for encrypted devices
  • Fixed intermittent charging issue
Via:  NVIDIA

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Receiving Update to 1.2.1, Improves 5GHz WiFi Performance is a post from: Droid Life

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet to get Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

If you’ve been keeping score of the device manufacturers that have been rallying behind the newly minted Android 5.0 Lollipop, you may have noticed that, along with some Korean brands, NVIDIA wasn’t on the early bird list. Worry not if you’re a fan, as the graphics chip maker was apparently just a bit late to the party. So yes, NVIDIA is promising that the latest Android version “and more” will be coming to the multi-talented SHIELD Tablet. As for its other mobile devices, however, we can only speculate.

NVIDIA has been a very good Android citizen, giving users something close to a Nexus experience in terms of not heavily modifying the user interface to pushing out updates in a timely manner. NVIDIA has been very faithful in doling out regular updates, including Android ones, ever since the first SHIELD, now called SHIELD Portable, to the non-SHIELD Tegra Note 7, to the amalgamation of the two lines in the SHIELD Tablet. So it isn’t exactly surprising that the latter would also get Android 5.0, but an official confirmation doesn’t hurt to calm our worries. Plus, the fact that it teases something “more” to come is also enough to keep fans on their toes.

Curiously, NVIDIA makes no mention of the original SHIELD Portable, which seems to be causing a bit of worry to some. Experience would tell us that older models, especially first generation ones, are likely to bite dust sooner or later. The situation might not be too bleak if you consider NVIDIA’s past behavior plus the fact that both the Portable and the Tablet live on the same Tegra K1 platform. Still, this one definitely merits an official acknowledgment.

But perhaps more worrying is the fate of the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7. Unlike the SHIELDs, which NVIDIA sells by itself, the Tegra Note is more of a reference platform that others like EVGA and Advent Vega take and sell as their own, which a checkpoint in rolling out updates. And though NVIDIA itself is still the one that takes care of those updates, these devices have been noted to receive them slower than compared to the SHIELDs. Those are enough reasons for early adopters of these tablets to be anxious, and hopefully NVIDIA will come out with some reassurance, if not bad news, really soon just to give them some closure.

SOURCE: @NVIDIA

NVIDIA Shield Tablet to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop ‘and more’

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Yesterday was a big day for Google, as they announced the next version of their mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. While the Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to include Lollipop out of the box, NVIDIA Shield Tablet owners won’t be too far behind it seems.

In a new Tweet, Nvidia reveals that “Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.” This could mean a number of features may also be headed to the Shield Tablet, though we are unsure specifically of what those may be. The big takeaway is it sounds like NVIDIA is taking updates to the tablet seriously, which fans of the $300 powerhouse should be welcoming with open arms.

Of course, Nvidia doesn’t tell us when the update is coming, only that it is. Here’s to hoping it happens in a matter of weeks or even a few months, as opposed to dragging on into 2015. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as we learn more!


Source: Nvidia (via Twitter);

NVIDIA Teases Lollipop for SHIELD Tablet, No Time Frame Set

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Through the official Tegra account of NVIDIA, the company teased the readiness of the SHIELD Tablet for an upcoming update to Android 5.0, Lollipop.

While no time frame is stated within the tweet, NVIDIA has a great track record of updating devices quickly after final code drops from Google. 

NVIDIA hardware such as the SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD Portable, and Tegra Note 7, all essentially run stock Android with few minor tweaks to the overall system. This allows NVIDIA to push out updates to customers with lightning speed when compared to other devices that feature heavy manufacturer skins.

When a date is released for when SHIELD Tablet owners can expect to see the update, we will inform you.

Via: @NVIDIATegra

NVIDIA Teases Lollipop for SHIELD Tablet, No Time Frame Set is a post from: Droid Life

Android L 64-bit emulator finally out, only for Intel x86

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

From Google I/O 2014, we were treated to a preview of Android next OS releases, now known popularly as Android L. Android head honcho Sundar Pichai also made it clear that Android 5.0 (or is it Android Lollipop?) will be optimized for 64-bit apps, but as launch date nears (we hope) – there have been few updates regarding Android L 64-bit capability. Thankfully, we have one right now – as Android Dev has announced the availability of an Android L 64-bit emulator for Intel x86 architecture.

This emulator image is specifically for app testing, as developers begin to take advantage of specific features that 64-bit processing can give. Those include increased addressable memory space, a larger number of registers, and new instruction sets for their apps.

Android Dev also announced that apps coded in Java will be able to automatically access these new benefits, while those built with Android NDK will have to make specific changes – namely, the have to compile for 64-bit architectures by including “x86_64” in the build target, or use the catch all code “APP_ABI=all64” in their Application.mk.

This is all good, as developers can now start testing their apps for 64-bit. But we need to address the obvious white elephant here – where is the emulator for ARMv8? This emulator release is specifically for Intel Atom/Bay Trail processors, and not ARM. NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 may just be around the corner, and Qualcomm is already pushing their 64-bit capable processors, so Android Dev needs to put out for ARM architectures soon.

SOURCE: Android Developers

Probable Nexus 9 sighting as new HTC tablet passes thru FCC

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A lot of people are hyped about the new Nexus tablet that Google is producing with HTC – quite possibly the Nexus 9. The tablet has been rumored to launch around mid-October, and those dates are just a few days away, so we expect the rumor mill to be buzzing with a lot of Nexus 9-related stuff. First up is this new HTC tablet that appeared at the FCC which carries the model number 0P82100 – which people say should be the Nexus 9.

Firstly the documents do confirm that the new model is in fact a tablet – this we know for sure. But the FCC is mainly concerned with the radio and WiFi antennas on the model, so we don’t really get a good handle on the tablet’s specs from these documents. If you want to take a gander at said documents, click on over to the FCC website here.

nexus9_fcc

We can confirm that the tablet has been FCC certified for most WiFi standards (802.11 a/b/g/n), and there is also a feature on the tablet for WiFi communication on the 5.x Ghz frequency, not just on the normal 2.4Ghz line. The tablet also passes tests for RFID which should mean that the tablet will have NFC available.

The rumored specs for the Nexus 9 point to a pretty powerful tablet. It may carry NVIDIA’s top of the line Tegra K1 chip while sporting a 9-inch Full HD 1080p display. Rumors also point to the new tablet running Andoid L, the yet unreleased new version of Android OS. That last bit will hinge on when Google will be making Android L available.

VIA: Blog of Mobile

NVIDIA and Honda Debut Tegra-powered Android Infotainment System

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

NVIDIA and Honda announced a partnership this week, one which will have Tegra processors in 2015 models of Honda in Europe starting next year. To clarify, this is not Android Auto, which Google detailed at Google I/O this year, but is instead Honda’s software technology powered by NVIDIA silicon. 

The Tegra processor will power an infotainment system which runs Android 4.0.4, complete with GPS, touchscreen with fingertip input, rear-view camera, the Honda App Center, in-car phone system, and much more. Think of it as a slightly dumbed down Android tablet that sits in your car’s dash.

With the Honda App Center, drivers can download and install a few of their favorite media apps for music or podcast listening. In addition, the home screen can be customized for a personalized driving experience.

According to the press material, this system will be standard equipment on the new 2015 models of the Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V available in Europe early next year.

Via: NVIDIA

NVIDIA and Honda Debut Tegra-powered Android Infotainment System is a post from: Droid Life

Honda’s Connect runs on a Tegra Processor with Android

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

tegra-honda-connectHonda’s latest Civic has received an OS upgrade. Now, due to a processor from NVIDIA, all of the 2015 European Honda models will feature a 7-inch infotainment center running Android 4.0.4, with a customizable homescreen, apps, and settings to satisfy even the most picky of drivers. With access to the Honda app center, users can download apps for music, navigation, news, podcasts, and calls. Although Android is the OS being run in the vehicles, Android Auto is not.

If you live in Europe, be on the lookout for these new models. Otherwise, what do you think about adding Android to Honda’s new lineup?

Source: NVIDIA

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