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Update: Unfortunately, the 500GB model isn’t actually coming to market for consumers. The variant with higher storage is a development kit and was put up on the website as an error. Android Central received official word from the company regarding the mistake, and you can read their official response below, followed by the original post.

A SHIELD partner development kit was erroneously listed on our website today as a product. For clarification, NVIDIA has not launched a 500 GB SKU for SHIELD. The website has been updated with our announced SHIELD product, available soon at $199.99.

Original post: NVIDIA’s Android TV-powered SHIELD console, which was announced back in March, aimed to offer users an affordable Android TV experience without making too many sacrifices. While the device was originally slated to only come with 16GB of on-board storage (with MicroSD expansion), NVIDIA may soon offer a model with much more memory than that.

The company is now showing a 500GB version of the SHIELD console on its website for just $299.99. That’s only $100 more than the company is asking for the 16GB model. NVIDIA hasn’t announced anything regarding the upgrade, and also hasn’t updated the specifications page found on the SHIELD website, so we should approach this news with a bit of caution.

The device is capable of handling 4K screen resolutions and features the new Tegra X1 processor, Maxwell 256-core GPU and 3GB of RAM. Due to the long list of high-end specs, you’re going to want to run a number of graphic-intensive games on this console, so it’s nice to see NVIDIA adding a much larger storage option for its users.

We’ll let you know if anything changes, but for now, assume that you’ll be able to get your hands on a 500GB NVIDIA SHIELD console when it comes to market in May.

Android 5.1 Lollipop coming to NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Portable

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you’re wondering if your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet or SHIELD Portable is going to get the latest Android Lollipop ever, we’ve got the answer. The company has already confirmed that the latest mobile OS will be coming very soon. It’s not just Android 5.0 but the Android 5.1 version already. NVIDIA has not made a formal announcement but the company confirmed in a forum that the next Android 5.1 release will fix some performance and responsiveness issues.

This good news is mainly for those who have the SHIELD Portable since the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has already received Android 5.0.1 update last December, only a month after the Android tablet got a taste of Lollipop.

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Sighted at an NVIDIA community forum was this response from a certain PeterS. Apparently, the SHIELD Tablet experience after the OTA 2.0 wasn’t as good as expected. There were several responsive and performance issues encountered. With the upcoming Android 5.1 software update, both tablets will receive various enhancements, improved security, changes in notifications, Material Design, and a “snappier end user experience” according to the customer care representative who replied to the post.

No exact date of release was given but the update should be ready in the coming weeks. But with the new NVIDIA SHIELD 2 Portable‘s rumored arrival this May, the company might release the software update just in time for the new product’s launch. So if you own an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, expect to receive an Over-The-Air (OTA) notification anytime soon or maybe after the newest NVIDIA device is unveiled. Let’s just and see.


NVIDIA will offer the SHIELD TV with 500 GB of storage

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.

Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.

We can only assume the rest of the specs are the same which include a Tegra X1 processor, 256-core Maxwell GPU, 3GB RAM, support for 4K video playback at 60 FPS, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1/BLE, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A), Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, and IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony).

On top of the basic Android TV interface, the SHIELD TV will offer a streaming gaming solution. NVIDIA’s GRID service will allow Players to stream select Windows PC games to the device. They will offer both 720p and 1080p subscription models in June.

The SHIELD TV is supposed to be available in early May, which isn’t too far off. We aren’t sure if the 500 GB version will be available at the same time though.

What do you think? Will NVIDIA be able to compete in the console war?

source: NVIDIA (click on “Purchase” to the left)

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable to Receive Android 5.1 Update

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Straight from NVIDIA’s forums, it appears the company is prepping OTA updates for the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable, bumping them up to Android 5.1 for all owners. 

A representative for the company in the forums states that they have heard the cries of consumers, mainly due to the buggy nature of the early builds for Lollipop, and to help owners, they will bring Android 5.1 as soon as possible.

As part of the SHIELD tablet experience post-OTA 2.0, we heard your feedback about performance and responsiveness issues related to the Android OS. We have identified and fixed many of these issues in an upcoming OTA release, which will also upgrade the OS to Android 5.1. In addition to new features and improved security, Android 5.1 provides an overall snappier end user experience.

This is great news for SHIELD Portable owners, as their devices have still yet to even get a taste of Lollipop. If you are like me, running Lollipop on the SHIELD Tablet, your experience is likely filled with frustrations from time to time, including a very odd Netflix bug which renders the app useless unless you reboot the device.

Either way, the OTAs should arrive soon enough. We will let you know when to start hitting the update button.

Via: NVIDIA [2] | Android Police

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Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA updates coming soon to the Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Portable

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you’re the owner of a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, odds are you’ve been wondering when your device will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop. According to a few posts in the NVIDIA forums, owners of these devices won’t have to wait much longer.

NVIDIA has been very attentive thus far with OS updates for its SHIELD Tablet, but up until now, there’s been no word as to when the device would receive the newest version of Android. In a post by a customer care representative, the Tablet’s 5.1 OTA update will start rolling out shortly, bringing along with it a few performance improvements.

As part of the SHIELD tablet experience post-OTA 2.0, we heard your feedback about performance and responsiveness issues related to the Android OS.

We have identified and fixed many of these issues in an upcoming OTA release, which will also upgrade the OS to Android 5.1. In addition to new features and improved security, Android 5.1 provides an overall snappier end user experience.

Stay tuned to hear more about this in the coming weeks

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The SHIELD Portable is still running Android 4.4 KitKat, so users are rightfully upset that the device hasn’t even seen a glimpse of Lollipop yet. But in response to an upset Portable owner, another NVIDIA representative revealed that the device will be updated straight to Android 5.1:

We decided to move to Android L 5.1 MR1 for the first Android L based OTA update for the SHIELD Portable. I understand people’s frustration with the long wait. It won’t be much longer.

We’ll be sure to let you know when Android 5.1 begins to roll out to these devices.

14 best Android apps for artists

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Best Android apps for Artists
Being an artist is a lot of fun. You can choose your medium and most platforms have support for most mediums. It’s also one of the few hobbies and jobs out there where you can express yourself how you want. Believe it or not, you can produce art from your Android devices with these great Android apps for artists.

adobe lightroom mobilebest Android apps for artistsAdobe Lightroom Mobile

[Price: Free (requires Creative Cloud subscription)]
There are many photographers who use Adobe Lightroom and now you can also use it on mobile. Adobe’s Lightroom app acts as an extension of the desktop version which means you’ll also need the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom to fully enjoy the mobile experience. That’s sure to chase some people away, but if you happen to use that software already, the app will let you edit raw files along with files from your Android device’s gallery. You can also use a limited number of Lightroom tools to enhance images. You can also sync everything to your desktop so you can use the Lightroom desktop application too.
Get it on Google Play
adobe lightroom mobile best Android apps for artists

Photoshop Touch best android apps for artistsAdobe Photoshop Touch

[Price: $4.99]
Adobe does have a Photoshop option for Android as well. Much like their Lightroom mobile app, the Photoshop app can’t hold a candle to the desktop version. However, it does contain some tools and effects that can enhance images to your liking. The app comes with painting effects, filter brushes, text effects (such as drop shadows), and syncing to the desktop version for heavier editing if need be. It also comes with a bit of Creative Cloud storage (2GB).
Get it on Google Play
Photoshop Touch best android apps for artists

artflow Best Android apps for ArtistsArtFlow

[Price: Free / $4.99]
ArtFlow is a paint application that lets you, well, paint. It features a GPU-accelerated paint engine with over 70 brushes and tools, multiple layers, PSD/PNG/JPEG support, NVIDIA DirectStylus support, and many, many more features. It’s a very powerful paint app with a lot of features that you can use for free but you’ll have to pay to use everything. There is also Samsung S-Pen support for those rocking Samsung devices. It’s a lot of fun and worth a shot for painters.
Get it on Google Play

autodesk sketchbook best android apps for artistsAutodesk Sketchbook

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Autodesk is a well-known supplier of creative software and their Sketchbook Pro app is a long time mainstay in the artistic community. It boasts professional grade features including full-screen work spaces, up to 2500% zoom, more than 10 brushes, Dropbox support, and more features are unlockable by creating a (free) SketchBook account. If you pay for premium, you’ll have over 100 brushes, pencils, pens, markers, etc, layers, more advanced settings, and far more extra stuff. It’s about as close to a pro art tool as you can find on Android and it’s worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play

clover paint best android apps for artistsClover Paint

[Price: $7.56]
Clover Paint is another app that self-identifies as a professional grade drawing app. It features a rather complex layering system, plenty of drawing implements, selection tools, transform tools, and even custom hot keys. The only (potentially) negative thing about Clover Paint is the admittedly difficult learning curve. However, once you learn how to make your way around the app, it’s a fantastic and deep art app that has the potential to help you draw some excellent stuff.
Get it on Google Play

best android apps for artists handy art reference toolHandy Art Reference Tool

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Okay, admittedly this one is a little bit niche. Handy Art Reference Tool is a tool that artists, colorists, and other artistic ventures can use to draw hands. The app shows you a hand (in various positions). You can then rotate the hand and change the lighting to get the proper lighting and shadows. This is useful because hands are admittedly difficult to draw and this helps you plan and reference a hand for you to draw. It’s been recommended by Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, ImagineFX, and more professionals and $2.99 isn’t expensive for a good hand reference tool.
Get it on Google Play

layerpaint best android apps for artistsLayerPaint and LayerPaint HD

[Price: $2.00 / $8.00]
LayerPaint and LayerPaint HD are a couple of semi-pro animation applications. LayerPaint is for phones while LayerPaint HD is specifically made for tablets with 7-inch screens or larger. Both versions have various tools and brushes to create amazing pieces of art although this seems to be more of an animation app than something for painters. The tablet version comes with some additional features including support for NVIDIA and Samsung styluses. Some people have said that the phone version still isn’t great on the phone, but it’s almost universally enjoyed on tablets.
Get it on Google Play

nvidia dabbler best android apps for artistsNVIDIA Dabbler

[Price: Free]
NVIDIA Dabbler is the stock painting app that comes on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. It has direct support for its stylus and includes a decent selection of brushes, canvas types, and more. It has some fun effects like realistic watercolor and oil painting. It also has some unique features like the ability to record sessions and share/save for future reference. It doesn’t have the sheer feature set that you’ll find in something like LayerPaint, Clover Paint, or SketchBook Pro, but it’s good for hobbyists and those who own an NVIDIA Shield Tablet.
Get it on Google Play

pose tool 3d best android apps for artistsPose Tool 3D (3 total apps)

[Price: $6.99 each]
The Pose Tool 3D collection is a reference tool that artists can use to draw various things. The regular Pose Tool 3D focuses on the human body. You can contort, change, and move things around to get the pose you want so you can draw it in your comic, drawing, etc. The other two are for Manga (anime and manga style character poses) and Horse (for horses). The apps for a little expensive but they are considered the best 3D reference tools on Android and we agree with that assessment. If you draw, these are worth a second look.
Get it on Google Play

roughanimator best Android apps for artistsRoughAnimator

[Price: $2.99]
RoughAnimator is a long time favorite here at Android Authority and it even made our list of the best indie apps of 2014. This is an animation application where you can draw each frame and then combine the frames to create a cartoon. Drawings can be as complex or as a simple as you want. You have unlimited layers, onion skinning, and even the ability to import audio so you can incorporate voice overs. It also comes with S-Pen support (and other pressure sensitive styluses and devices) and you can export to QuickTime video, GIF, or image sequence. It’s not 100% pro grade, but it’s definitely more than good enough for most people.
Get it on Google Play

silk paints drawing best android apps for artistsSilk paints drawing

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Silk paints drawing isn’t a professional grade art app like others, but it’s still a lot of fun for those who want to do something a little bit different. It has direct support with Samsung’s S-Pen and PEN.UP apps so this is best suited for those running a Touchwiz device. Some other fun features include the ability to create, animate, and set your own live wallpaper, multiple brushes, and more. As stated, this isn’t professional grade, but it’s still fun to get a project started if you want something a little less intense.
Get it on Google Play

sketchbook express best android apps for artistsSketchBook Express

[Price: Free]
SketchBook Express is the totally free version of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro. As such, it has some of the features of the full version including up to 2500% zoom, layer support (3 layers), 15 preset brushes, and more. Obviously, the pro version is better but this one is totally free to use. That makes it not just a good app for artists on a budget who don’t need all the features, but also a good way to preview the software in case you’re thinking of buying it.
Get it on Google Play

sketcher pro best android apps for artistsSketcher PRO

[Price: $0.99 (on sale)]
Sketcher Pro is another sketch app for those artists with a light wallet. It doesn’t have the gargantuan number of features that others have, but there is still a decent selection. There are 12 brushes, basic tools, multiple modes, and you can even order physical prints of your artwork sent to your door for an extra cost. It’s a tad more simple than most but completes well with something like SketchBook Express. It’s on sale at the time of this writing so the $0.99 cost will go up after a while.
Get it on Google Play
sketcher pro best android apps for artists

sketch master best android apps for artistsSketch Master

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is also one of the few free options and it’s called Sketch Master. Much like the other free selections, Sketch Master is a bit limited but still has seven brushes, unlimited layers, various editing tools, import from various places, and various color options. Pros will likely need something more complex and deep but semi pros and hobbyists should see enough here to keep them engaged.
Get it on Google Play
sketch master best android apps for artists

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps for artists, let us know in the comments! Recommendations are always welcome. If you use a Samsung or NVIDIA device (or any other device with an integrated stylus), don’t forget to check out the stock sketch and drawing apps for those devices because they may have some features that support that specific stylus that these others may not!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

Next-gen Nvidia Shield Portable gets Bluetooth and WiFi certified

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


The Nvidia Shield Portable has been around for a quite a while now, so it should come as no real surprise to learn that Nvidia is planning to release a new version of the device with updated hardware and firmware.

According to the Bluetooth and WiFi certification websites, the refreshed Nvidia Portable will include the following features:

  • Model number: P2523
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 801.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi and WiFi Direct
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Firmware version 3.10.61

No other details about the rest of the next-gen Shield Portable were available, but it would be surprising if it didn’t arrive with a higher resolution display, more RAM and Nvidia’s beefy Tegra X1 processor (like the rumoured refresh of the Nvidia Shield Tablet). What features would you like to see included?

Wifi Alliance
Bluetooth S.I.G.


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Bluetooth, WiFi certifications for possible new NVIDIA SHIELD portable

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

There have been gadgets certified by the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance that didn’t even see the light of day, but we’re hoping that this possible new portable gaming device from NVIDIA will be the SHIELD 2 gaming portable. There is very little information on these to certifications, but we can only hope that a new NVIDIA portable gaming handheld is on the way.

The SHIELD Portable predated the SHIELD Tablet and the newly announced SHIELD set-top gaming box, and was the apple of everybody’s eye at CES 2013. And why not? It was basically a handheld device that looked like a gaming console controller with a dedicated screen. It screamed personal portable gaming that should be powerful because, hey, it was from NVIDIA.


Move to 2015, and the SHIELD Portable is not quite the gaming hit NVIDIA envisioned it to be. BUT, it has captured the imaginations of a niche market in gaming that allowed NVIDIA to put out better “SHIELD” branded devices in the SHIELD Tablet and the gaming set-top box. Would gamers and SHIELD portable owners be happy if NVIDIA released a SHIELD 2 Portable. Oh you bet.


From the certifications, the only data we can glean is that it will of course come with both wireless standards as a mobile device, and that it will possibly launch with the new set-top box that is scheduled to arrive in May. And oh yeah, it will be running Android Lollipop – its predecessor is still on Android 4.4 Kitkat as of the moment.

VIA: Android Police

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

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android apps BBMBBM

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Blackberry Messenger got a huge update this last week. With it came myriad improvements to channels, photo sending, picture previews, in-chat playback of voice notes, and the ability to customize your PIN if you subscribe. Along with all of that comes Android Wear support which is surprisingly forward thinking for an app that almost became totally irrelevant years ago. The update is out now if you want it.
Get it on Google Play
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zombie highway 2 android apps weeklyZombie Highway 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Zombie Highway was a huge success when it first came out a couple of years ago and we expect Zombie Highway 2 to continue that proud tradition. It uses many of the same mechanics as the first game, but includes improved graphics and sound effects, nitro, new cars, new weapons, new zombies, and more. The in app purchases are also surprisingly reasonable. The only downside are the release day bugs so you may need to wait a week or so for everything to get ironed out.
Get it on Google Play

alphadia genesis 2 android apps weeklyAlphadia Genesis 2

[Price: $9.99 ($4.99 on sale now) with in app purchases]
Alphadia Genesis 2 is the latest game out of Kemco Games who are known as one of the best jRPG studios on Android. This is a jRPG with a decently long story line, better than average graphics, and some unique battle mechanics. It uses a job system for character customization and the company promises that in app purchases are not required to finish the game. There are some release day bugs so do beware of that.
Get it on Google Play

autowear android apps weeklyAutoWear

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
AutoWear is a new Android Wear application that allows you to create tasks in Tasker and then use them on your Android Wear devices. Using this app, you can a bunch of fun things with your watch and control it in ways you previously couldn’t. Some of the things you can do is create customized notifications, create interactive screens, utilize improved voice commands, and more. There is a free trial so you can try it before you buy it.
Get it on Google Play

king of thieves android apps weeklyKing of Thieves

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Last up this week is King of Thieves. This is a game out of Zeptolabs, known for their hit Cut the Rope franchise. In this platformer style game, you must dodge defenses and steal gold coins from other players, then build your own level to defend your gold against them. You can also join guilds, engage with leaderboards, and some extra stuff like costumes. It’s a different kind of platformer and worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know in the comments!

NVIDIA’s SHIELD is the Only Android TV Set-Top Box You’ll Need

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

After NVIDIA announced the SHIELD set-top box / game console this week, I saw a random Internet commenter state that it was nothing more than “OUYA 2.0.” While the thought is mildly humorous, SHIELD is much more than what OUYA ever was, hoped to be, and ever will be.

With the birth of Android TV last year, NVIDIA is placing a bet on the living room, and if the upward tick in smart TV purchases is any preliminary indicator, the company could have a very successful product on their hands.

Thankfully, NVIDIA is offering much more than just a plain Android TV box, something that already exists in the Nexus Player for just $99. SHIELD doubles as a complete game console, capable of running AAA titles (a classification term used for games with the highest development budgets and levels of promotion), such as Crysis 3, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, GRID 2, and DOOM 3.

Linked up to NVIDIA’s own GRID game-streaming network, with servers placed all across the globe thanks to a partnership with Amazon, owners are able to sit back on the couch and experience a few of the newest games available. At launch, NVIDIA plans to have 50 games accessible through GRID, but that number is sure to grow fast as new games are produced all of the time.


Not only does SHIELD offer these console-grade game titles through NVIDIA’s servers, but owners also have access to Google Play, which brings all of its content to the device. This content includes movies, music, apps, games, and anything else that your little heart might desire. This simple fact makes SHIELD and the Android TV platform as a whole quite powerful.

Having owned pretty much all of NVIDIA’s product offerings that involved Android, I can speak from experience that the company takes their ventures quite seriously. In terms of updating their devices, the SHIELD Tablet was one of the first to receive the Lollipop update after Google released it, with NVIDIA still pumping out updates in a timely manner to this day. If you have been burned by companies not getting updates out to you, and we all know this can be very important for Android users, then there should be no better option than SHIELD.

As for accessories, the SHIELD console can be paired to a SHIELD Remote, which is based of off Google’s own design that is seen with the Nexus Player. But more importantly, the system comes with a SHIELD Controller, which carries a value of $60 on NVIDIA’s website. This piece of hardware will be crucial for those of you who want to take advantage of NVIDIA’s GRID network.


For potential buyers concerned about specs, NVIDIA has your back. SHIELD comes featuring a Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU, 3GB of RAM, is 4K-ready, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi connectivity, gigabit ethernet, MicroSD slot, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and an HDMI 2.0 port. Stack those stats against any Android TV box on the market and it can’t be touched.

The overall package, at least in my eyes as a consumer, has no comparison. As someone who enjoys gaming, by myself and with friends, the SHIELD will be the ultimate Android TV experience for anyone’s home priced at just $199.

What is your take on SHIELD and Android TV?

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