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SHIELD Tablet Receiving Update, Features Improved Touch Performance and Enhanced SHIELD Hub

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Hot on the heels of the LTE variant’s availability this morning, NVIDIA announced a new update for SHIELD Tablet owners, one which brings an enhanced SHIELD Hub feature, improved touch performance, and a new Network Test capability. 

In addition, users have access to a customizable “My Android Game” and “My Media Apps” section, as well as the ability to share News items from within the SHIELD app.

If you own a SHIELD Tablet, you should see the update hit your device soon.

What’s New

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
  • Network Test capability
  • User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
  • Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
  • Improved Touch Performance
  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

SHIELD Tablet Receiving Update, Features Improved Touch Performance and Enhanced SHIELD Hub is a post from: Droid Life

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet 32GB + LTE Now Available for Purchase, Priced at $399

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Starting today, folks can head on over to NVIDIA’s website and purchase a SHIELD Tablet (review here)with 4G LTE for $399. Previously, the WiFi-only model was available for purchase with 16GB, but the newest variant features a bit more storage with 32GB, plus the added connectivity.

The device is certified to run on AT&T’s LTE network, but it is unlocked, meaning it will work on more than 70 carriers worldwide. The device features an 8″ 1080p display, Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, stylus, access to GRID Beta (gaming platform), 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, and runs Android 4.4+. 

After having the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller over this period of time, I still use the device everyday as my nightstand tablet. About twice a week, I use it in Console Mode and hook it up via HDMI to my HDTV in the living room and game using GRID Beta. For the price, it comes with exceptional versatility, so I still recommend the device.

You can buy one or do more research by following the link below.

NVIDIA Store Link

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet 32GB + LTE Now Available for Purchase, Priced at $399 is a post from: Droid Life

Voxel Rush hosts NVIDIA sponsored platform wars; pits Android vs iOS for two days

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Platform Wars Voxel Push
Voxel Rush is a 3D racing-style infinite runner with minimal graphics, a good rating in the Google Play Store, and a free (with IAPs) price tag. It also happens to be hosting a two day event where Android gamers can pit themselves against iOS gamers in a battle to see which platform plays better. The Android side of things is even sponsored by NVIDIA and the game has included NVIDIA-themed power ups that gamers can collect.

Here is how it works. For the next 48 hours, Android and iOS gamers can choose to play in the Platform Wars (accessible from the main menu). After 48 hours, the developers will score each side and give them a skill rating. Skill ratings are determined by taking the total score of one side and dividing it by the number of players on that side. The side with the higher score rating wins. Here are some other specifics of the contest:

  • All players will be competing on the same map.
  • The winning side will be rewarded with in-game currency. The developers have stated that it will be for the kind you can’t grind for (the kind you usually have to buy via IAPs) which is good news for the winning team.
  • On the Android side, players will be able to collect NVIDIA-branded power ups in multiple game modes. According to the developers, they will be usable throughout the game but won’t count toward the total score of the Platform Wars.
  • A randomly selected player will receive a free NVIDIA Shield tablet.

This is a really fun idea that pits Android and iOS against each other in likely one of the most civilized ways yet. At last glance, the score was more or less even so it’s a free for all right now. If you want to play in the Platform Wars, click this link to grab Voxel Push from the Play Store. The winners of the wars and the NVIDIA Shield tablet will be announced on Monday. Game on!

Source: Voxel Rush (Google Play Store);

NVIDIA Shield Portable updated, fix for auto-rotate glitch

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

To be fair, NVIDIA has been very vigilant about the user experience on its premium SHIELD devices – the SHIELD Tablet and the SHIELD Portable. This is why the devices, especially the portable, have been diligently updated with bug fixes – and this new update is no different. This hefty new update is set to fix the auto-rotate glitch that has been bugging users every so often.

The new update for the NVIDIA Shield Portable is a heavy download at almost 481MB, but it fixes a number of issues with the gadget. Primarily, there were complaints of a bad issue that caused the screen to not auto-rotate with the gyro sensor – the update fixes that. The update also improves GameStream quality, and there is also a fix for a bug that made the Twitch icon disappear for short periods of time.

You might remember – if you own said device – that the gadget was updated recently in early August for GameStream bugs, Ethernet issues, and the addition of wireless controller support. The new update should be available already as of today, and it will just be one single download – a heavy one in terms of update size, but small enough to not be cut into update rollout stages.

Full change log:

- Fixes intermittent streaming issues for some users in GameStream
- Fixes a bug on the home screen that occasionally replaces the Twitch icon with an Android icon that does not work
- Fixes auto-rotate screen feature; enable option from Settings → Display → (select) Auto-rotate screen
- Fixes auto turning issue on select racing games that may require gyro-sensor support

To get the update, just power up your device and there should a notification for you. Have you been enjoying your SHIELD Portable so far? Do you have any outstanding issues with the device? What the best game you play on it? Give us some love in the comments section.


NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.

If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.

source: NVIDIA

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NVIDIA Shield Portable Receives Update, Bug Fixes in Tow

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

As you would hope for a device that launched more than a year ago, NVIDIA’s Shield Portable offers a fairly stable experience out of the box. That does not mean it is beyond reproach, however. To nix a few nagging issues, NVIDIA’s rolling out Update 92 to owners, which addresses inconsistent GameStream performance, as well as problems with auto rotate.  

The update, measuring in at a hefty 480.9MB, consists solely of bug fixes. Especially welcome are the tweaks to GameStream, which should fix the “intermittent” problems some users were experiencing.

In addition, the auto-rotate screen feature has been fixed and gyroscope responsiveness improved in games. Finally, the update addresses an odd bug that rendered the Twitch shortcut on the homescreen inaccessible.

To install the update manually, navigate to Settings > About > System updates. Otherwise, patiently await an OTA notification.


NVIDIA Shield Portable Receives Update, Bug Fixes in Tow is a post from: Droid Life

NVIDIA Shield Tablet gets LTE upgrade

Posted by Tom September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The excellent all-rounder and game-centric NVIDIA Shield tablet has received another boost: an LTE model has been announced.

The new version is available for pre-order for $399 and also comes with twice the storage, upping the memory to 32GB.

The Shield has wowed reviewers not only for its game performance but for its day-to-day tablet characteristics, no doubt due to the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

Via geeky-gadgets

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets a 32 GB LTE upgrade

Posted by wicked September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The time has come for a promised version of NVIDIA‘s latest gaming device to finally make an appearance. Starting today, you can put in your pre-order for a SHIELD Tablet bearing not just an upgrade 32 GB of storage but also support for LTE networks so you can take your digital life with you anywhere.

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet was quite a nice surprise, bringing the two worlds of NVIDIA’s SHIELD Gaming and its DirectStylus Note together in one. Utilizing the latest Tegra K1 chip, the device oozes with performance and power that makes quick work of even the most resource intensive mobile game. Add to that the ability to connect to TVs and monitors, NVIDIA’s GameStream technology, and an optional SHIELD Controller, and you’ve got the makings of a competent gaming device that also happens to be a talented Android tablet. At launch, the SHIELD Tablet only came in a 16 GB WiFi-only configuration with a promise of an LTE model coming soon. That promise is fulfilled today.

In addition to this hardware upgrade, the SHIELD Tablet will also be getting a games upgrade, with three new titles for the tablet coming soon. Beach Buggy Blitz, as the name would suggest, is a crazy free driving kart-racing game taking place on an island paradise. While fun to play alone, this game shines even more with local multiplayer mode, where you and your friends can hook up different controllers to play in split-screen fashion.


BombSquad is equally insane, pitting a maximum of 8 players against each other in a (literally) explosive collection of mini games. Over the top effects, ragdoll face-plant physics, and plain old competitive fun might just make you want to get your character blown up, just for a few laughs.


Broadsword: Age of Chivalry will be making its mobile debut on the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. Taking on a more serious tone, players, whether in single or multi player campaigns, will get to choose between France and Great Britain in this turn-based 3D strategy game.


Aside from the storage and network upgrade, this NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet bears the same features and benefits as the original, including frequent and timely software updates, even Android ones, that would make you feel like you’re on a Nexus device. This 32 GB LTE-WiFi model goes on pre-order in US and Europe today for a full retail price of $399. The device comes unlocked but is also certified to work on AT&T’s LTE network. Shipping starts September 30.

Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked September - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

There was a deluge of Apple-related news this week, but that doesn’t mean news has been boring on the Android front! Samsung had a few choice words to say about the larger iPhones, the first Android apps arrived on Chrome OS devices, we heard several interesting rumors about HTC’s upcoming devices, the integration of Hangouts and Google Voice finally began, Nvidia confirmed the Nexus 9, we learned more details about Samsung’s upcoming full-metal phone, and Dell surprised us with a very exciting tablet.

Joe’s Google Play Weekly

Interested in new apps or updates to your old favorites? Coming out each Friday, Joe Hindy’s segment Google Play Weekly covers the most exciting developments on the Android app front. Play Weekly includes the biggest app-related news and the top trending apps you shouldn’t miss each week. The segment is available both in video format and as a written companion, with handy links to each app mentioned. Check out the latest edition here.

Forums and comments

Our community is growing nicely, with news of the grand opening bringing in an influx of new members over the past week. With over 17,000 members and thousands of threads, the AA forums are beginning to take shape as a friendly community welcoming all Android fans. Feel free to join here.

Derek is about to flip the switch on further integration between the site and the forums – soon, you will be able to leave comments to our posts using your forums user ID, though you will still be able to use Disqus if you prefer it. Let us know what you think of the idea!

Coming up next

Now that Android OEMs and Apple released their best products, we’re looking forward to see how all these hot new devices compete for our wallets this holiday season. Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus, Xperia Z3 Compact vs vs Galaxy Alpha, Android Wear vs Apple Watch, Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R… the next couple of months are going to be interesting!

Then there’s the Nexus 9 and the official launch of Android L release. What’s even more exciting is the wave of Material-themed updates that the launch of the next version of Android will trigger.

Darcy, Derek, and Josh are hitting Hong Kong next week to show you how the new iPhones compare to the best of Android. There may be some drop testing involved, just saying…

We gave away a Galaxy Note 4 last Sunday, and now it’s time for another fan favorite, the OnePlus One. Check out the giveaway here!

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

moto 360 unboxing initial setup (11 of 13)

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

iPhone goes big

Samsung’s answer

note 4 apple iphone ads

Android meets Chrome OS

HTC rumors

Hangouts Voice integration

Nexus 9

Dell’s amazing tablet

Next Alpha

Sound off

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Happy Sunday!

HTC Nexus 9 likely coming during Q3 2014 with a Tegra K1 processor

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Rumors of the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet have been spreading like a harsh virus, but today we are getting what could be the most legit details about the mythical tablet. A legal document coming from NVIDIA has confirmed that the HTC Nexus 9 (as they called it) is to be released during the third quarter of 2014. Of course, it’s also mentioned it will carry a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

This legal document is related to a case in which NVIDIA claims Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents. Such a document would normally go unnoticed, but you can be sure an Android fan or two will notice NVIDIA talking about the HTC Nexus 9.

Tegra K1

The document reads:

“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

But of course, it didn’t take long for one of the affected companies to notice. The document has now been edited and has no mention of the HTC Nexus 9. Thankfully, tech journalist Chris Chavez captured a screenshot of the PDF file before the evidence disappeared.

Chris is a close friend of mine and has told me that he read the PDF document and took the screenshot below, himself.


With that said, we can assume this was a quick slip. It happens to be a legal document, so we doubt it would be incorrect information. With that said, Q3 2014 is nearing its end. We may very well hear more about it soon!

Just keep in mind, the evidence is now gone, officially turning this into a rumor. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on this information just yet.

Via: Phandroid, Bright Side of News;
Source: NVIDIA;

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