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First ROMs for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet surface

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We’re all big fans of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet – that gaming-centered Android tablet which at one point we were unsure if it would fulfill its potential or even wow its potential market. We were blown away on both counts. We love the quality and gamers and techno-geeks alike have been impressed with it – so much that in a little over a month, it’s been rooted, received a major OTA update, and now custom ROMs have come out for the device.

Of course, it all starts with root access, and that is given to you via the Towel Root app – pretty straight forward. Then we need a custom recovery – this one is given to us via an unofficial ClockWorkMod recovery port done by XDA Recognized Developer “Unjustified Dev”. You can check out the official recovery thread at XDA.

Once we’re done with the recovery, most of you mod lovers out there would know that we’re pretty much on our way to custom ROM goodness. We have two source-built ROMs available for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet at the moment – the VanirAOSP ROM and the AICP ROM, both official threads linked. Check out the forum threads for instructions.


We will always give you the disclaimer that rooting and installing custom ROMs have the added risk of doing something crazy to your device – maybe to the point of bricking it. There is also the risk of NVIDIA not honoring your warranty if you do this. But if done correctly, you might just have that added bit of enjoyment on your device running a custom ROM. Tell us about your NVIDIA Shield device if you’ve actually gone through the process of rooting and modding it.


NVIDIA Shield high-end gaming tablet gets first big update

Posted by Tom August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet has gained top reviews not only for its gaming capabilities, but as a great all-rounder too.

It’s just got a little better thanks to the first big update, which fixes camera performance, WiFi stability, improves Shield HUB and Gamestream functions, and more.

In full, the update improves the following:


  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

Via geeky-gadgets

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.

Here is what the update includes:

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

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NVIDIA Pushing OTA Update to SHIELD Tablet, Improves WiFi Stability and More

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Today, NVIDIA is pushing out an OTA update to owners of the SHIELD Tablet. In the update, NVIDIA includes WiFi stability improvements, improved camera performance, an NVIDIA Prism toggle, and much more. 

Also included are ShadowPlay performance optimizations, stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream, followed by audio optimizations and other misc. stability improvements. That is a whole lot of optimizations and improvements.

See full changelog below.


  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

Own a SHIELD? Head into your Settings menu to begin the install process if you have not yet been prompted to do so.


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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The big question, other than when this tablet will get released, has to be how much this bad boy is going to cost?

source: TKTechNews


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VMware, NVIDIA turn Chromebooks into powerful cloud computers

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Just like music, video and file sharing, the future of powerful computing could be based on the cloud. Only when we truly harness the power of the cloud will we be able to use the most resource-hungry and graphic-intense applications in affordable computers with modest specs.

VMware, NVIDIA and Google are partnering to make such feat possible by using streaming and remote desktop controls (yes, much like we have seen in apps like Google’s Chrome Remote). Enterprise customers will soon be able to run applications like Adobe Illustrator CC or Autodesk AutoCAD straight from a Chrome OS computer. Furthermore, applications that would otherwise never come to Chrome OS will also be available for use via these internet-based laptops (e.g.: Microsoft Office).


Other benefits include the company’s ability to save money in equipment. Customers could easily purchase a plethora of affordable Chromebooks instead of spending fortunes on multiple powerful machines to run these complex programs.

This will be possible thanks to the combination of all these partners’ specializations. Google’s Chrome OS devices make for affordable and convenient computers that specialize on web apps. Meanwhile, NVIDIA’s GRID technology allows for screen sharing and game streaming across mobile devices and computers.

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VMware focuses on enterprise cloud solutions and applications, making it a crucial piece of this puzzle. In short, VMware will offer the computing power and applications, NVIDIA GRID will deliver it and your Chromebook will receive it.

As expected, NVIDIA Tegra K1-equipped Chromebooks will be among the first to get this feature. The list of Tegra K1 Chromebooks is very exclusive at this point. Not to mention, this is for enterprise customers, making this functionality amazingly limited.

Tegra K1

We can assume the consumer will eventually be able to enjoy the same privileges, but this novel technology will only be available for those in business suits for now. Select NVIDIA and VMware customers will see availability come during Q4 2014. The rest of us can continue to wait.

Source: VMware;

You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.

Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.

“We are breaking down traditional barriers to adopting virtual desktops and offering new economics for the delivery of graphics-intensive applications through the power of the cloud,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. “Organizations of all industries and requirements will soon be able to embrace the mobile-cloud using a solution that offers a new way to work from three proven industry leaders.”

Chromebooks featuring NVIDIA Tegra K1-processors will be among the first ones to get access to this technology. An early access program will become available in Q4 2014, but users will need to register.

What do you guys think? I think we are starting to see what Google’s vision was with the Chromebook.

source: VMware

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HTC may win the race for first 64-bit Android smartphone

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

This specific race is heating up – as we have covered before that SoC manufacturers are working hard to put out their own 64-bit processors – but it looks like HTC may steal a march on their competitors by tying this deal up with Qualcomm to put out what is probably the world’s first fully 64-bit Android smartphone.

The Taiwanese manufacturer recently teased an image on its Weibo account (that is, the default social network for Chinese), and it marks down specific technological achievements of the company and marking the year for it. It teases the HTC Desire 820 smartphone on the list, while coyly leaving out what makes it unique. This is where rumors come into play – as reports say that the Desire 820 could become the world’s first 64-bit Android smartphone by using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor.


They then confirmed the teaser by putting out another image saying that (translated) the Desire 820 will become the “world’s first 8-core 64-bit Qualcomm phone. Yes, this is the first.” Qualcomm has been pushing 64-bit technology and capabilities recently, as has NVIDIA for that matter – so it won’t be long until we’re flooded with 64-bit capable phones.



The next logical question will be when app makers and developers will take advantage of these new features and make 64-bit apps. But the deal looks to be set in stone, as even Qualcomm has posted on its account that yes, they are teaming up with HTC on this venture.

VIA: G for Games

Z: Steel Soldiers reboot and T.E.C. 3001 games hit Android

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you are in the mood for new games that have robots as the main focus, we have two for you that our sister site SlashGear has reviewed recently that are available for Android devices. The first of the games is Z: Steel Soldiers and it follows a troop of robotic soldiers that are fighting to win. The game promises a new breed of robots with a taste for war and you can customize your own robotic soldiers.

The game has 30 levels across six worlds and you can take control of air, ground, and sea units of different types from WWII based vehicles to modern jet fighters. The game promises state of the art 3D graphics designed to run on mobile devices. Players can control nine different robots with unique abilities.

Android gamers on Tegra4/K1 devices will get exclusive features like more detail in shadows, battle cams, and more. Z: Steel Soldiers is available now for $6.99, check out SlashGear’s Z: Steel Soldiers review for more details on the game. The other robot game is calls T.E.C. 3001 and you can think of this as Temple Run with robots.

T.E.C. 3001 is available for $5.28 and needs a controller to play. The game has 41 levels of play with 12 free run bonus levels. There are four modes with free, drag, speed, and endless options. If you want to know more about T.E.C. 3001, read the full T.E.C. 3001 review at SlashGear.


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NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller – worth the $60 price tag?

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The follow up to last year’s NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console may have taken a more traditional tablet form factor this time around, but to take full advantage of the gaming prowess of the Shield Tablet, you still need a pretty good controller. Luckily, NVIDIA has made one, specifically for this tablet.

Is it worth its steep $60 price tag? We find out, as we take a closer look at the NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller!

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Unboxing the Shield Wireless Controller is pretty much a standard affair, as all you get is the controller, the documentation, and a microUSB cable to charge the controller. The Shield Controller is supposed to provide the best gaming experience on the Shield Tablet, and once you get it in your hand, it does feel like NVIDIA has created something special here.

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There’s no denying that the Shield Controller is a large device, but packs a lot more into what otherwise looks like a regular controller. You get a standard button layout that you’d find with any such controller, but the top portion, around the NVIDIA logo, comes with capacitive home, recent apps, and back buttons. The NVIDIA logo at the centre can also be pressed to open NVIDIA hub, allowing you to access all of your games right from the controller itself.

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Down at the bottom of the face of the controller is something quite special as well. The silver area at the bottom is actually a touch-sensitive area that feels like a lot like a mouse trackpad. A cursor shows up on the screen, and you’re able to use the trackpad to navigate around, and click on things, within the Shield Tablet interface. There is also a volume controller at the bottom, with the Shield logo in the middle.

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At the top of the controller is where you will find the microUSB charging port and a headphone jack. Connecting a standard pair of headphones, you will be able to listen to all of your games or other media from the tablet through the controller itself. Not having to tether yourself to the tablet is great, especially if the tablet itself is tethered to your TV, and this provides a good wireless audio solution.

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It has to be mentioned that the Shield Controller is not a Bluetooth controller, and connects to the Shield Tablet using Wi-Fi Direct. While these allows for a fantastic performance as far as the experience on the Shield Tablet goes, what this means is that unfortunately, this controller will work only with the Shield Tablet. This is a little disappointing, as we would have liked it to have been compatible with multiple devices, especially when you consider how good this controller is.

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The controller really shines when it comes to actual use. NVIDIA promises a console-like experience with the Shield Controller, and this does hold true. The response time is great, there’s no lag between the presses on the controller and what is happening on the screen, and the controller itself handles very well, and is definitely of a very high quality.

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And this is where the question of the high price point comes in. While the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a fantastic media consumption device and obviously a beast when it comes to gaming, it also comes with a reasonable price tag, which makes it all the more popular. But to get the most out of the tablet, a great controller is required, and while the Shield Controller is definitely up to the mark, its $60 price tag is very steep.

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If you don’t want to spend that much on a controller that will not work with any other device, there are some alternatives out there that are pretty good. One example is the Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth Controller. The PlayPad Pro was developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, and is supposed to work very well with Tegra devices, which holds true for the most part. The Bluetooth connection is strong, and the response time is good, but the Shield Controller does outshine the PlayPad Pro in terms of performance. That said, if you aren’t looking to spend $60 on a controller, the Nyko PlayPad Pro, priced at just $20, is one of the better alternatives available.

So there you have it – a closer look at the NVIDIA Shield Controller. If you do decide to pick one up, it works really well with the Shield Tablet, and the experience it provides is certainly worth the steep price point. Now that the set is complete, stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you a comprehensive review of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, that will be up shortly!

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