Interesting news this morning from Nvidia as the company has issues a voluntary recall for their Shield Tablets. A voluntary recall is just as it sounds, you don't have to send your tablet into Nvidia to get replaced, but by not doing so you take responsibility of future risks. So why the recall? Well it is apparently due to the tablet running the risk of having its battery overheating, posing a fire hazard.
The other day when Nvidia finally admitted to the 500GB model of the Nvidia Shield Android TV console actually existing and being real for consumers to purchase soon, one other tidbit of information was revealed as well. This was that the Android 5.1 update for the Shield tablet would be arriving soon, before the launch of the Shield console unit. Well it appears that 'soon' has turned out to be today.
Acer has announced that they are going to try their hand at developing a gaming-centric Android tablet which will be to go along their Predator gaming PC brand. This announcement came during the company's announcement-filled press conference today in New York. Even the design of the tablet will compliment the red and black angular design of Acer's Predator PCs.
All of you Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Portable owners out there in Android land who have been waiting patiently for Android 5.1 to arrive, there is some good news today. Nvidia has confirmed that the Android 5.1 update for both Shield devices will be arriving soon. This announcement came by way of a post on the Nvidia community forums by an administrator.
Early this month Nvidia pushed out an OTA update bringing version 2.2 to Shield Tablets. While the update was a good one, a few minor bugs popped up from it, one of which our reader Michel Mohr pointed out had to do with a display bug where reds were being displayed as oranges instead.
Nvidia Shield Tablet owners should begin seeing an OTA update message popping up on their screens as Nvidia has begun pushing out version 2.2 for their tablets. Among the features that come with this update are new GRID games, more battery life improvements, Shield HUB 4.1, and more.
Amazon is currently offering up a bit of a deal when it comes to purchasing a Nvidia Shield Tablet from their site. This isn't a sale on the Shield Tablets where the price of the tablet is discounted. Instead Amazon is offering buyers a $30 Amazon Gift Card with a purchase of a Shield Tablet.
Last night Nvidia began pushing out a new OTA update for their Nvidia Shield Tablet which will bring Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to owners of said tablet. There is actually quite a lot of enhancements that will arrive once you have 5.0.1 installed including live HD effects for the camera, SHIELD power control and memory optimizations.
So far Nvidia has really been pushing their Shield line of products over the past month, whether it be offering up a discount for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or something else, it has been a good time to buy a Shield Portable or a Shield Tablet. Right now Nvidia has put up another deal to take advantage of for the holidays which features the 32GB version of their Shield Tablet.
We have been following the progress of the Lollipop update since it was announced that the Nvidia Shield Tablet would be the first commercial product outside of the new Nexus series of devices that would be receiving the new Android OS. Well the update is right on time and is now being pushed out to Nvidia Shield owners.