Shield Tablet to get Android Lollipop, bigger gaming library in Nov. 18 update

Nvidia Shield tablet
Credit: Mark Hachman

You may want to do some finger exercises before the next software update hits your Nvidia Shield Tablet. Not only will the Nov. 18 download include Android Lollipop, but there’s a pretty solid cadre of new games coming.

Owners of the 32GB LTE model get Half-Life 2: Episode One and Portal gratis as part of the Green Box bundle. It’s another gaming-heavy dose that follows the rollout of Nvidia’s GRID gaming service, which will launch with 20 different PC ports redesigned for the smaller screen. It’s an impressive concept, with games streaming at 720p and 60 frames per second.

The update isn’t only for gamers, however. Nvidia’s new version of its Dabbler painting app lets you livestream your art sessions over Twitch, offering a respite from the arsenal of weaponry that typically dominates the service. Nvidia also says the tablet’s interface, while still a tweaked version of stock Android, will bear the marks of Google’s Material Design aesthetic.

The story behind the story: Getting Lollipop is important for the Shield to stay at the forefront of “most desirable” Android tablets. The rapid OS update and new gaming features give Nvidia another chance to tout its Tegra K1 chip, which also powers the Nexus 9. If the Shield Tablet impresses enough, the chip may find a home in other Android tablets.

This story, "Shield Tablet to get Android Lollipop, bigger gaming library in Nov. 18 update" was originally published by Greenbot.

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