NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Ready For Android 5.0 Lollipop & More

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The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is the ultimate tablet for gamers, designed with cutting edge technology to deliver PC-grade graphics and games, clear crisp audio through its front-facing speakers, and precise gameplay with the SHIELD controller.  It also boasts a lengthy list of advanced features, MicroSD support, an art and productivity stylus, a 16:10 IPS screen designed for gaming and multimedia, and much, much more.

Starting at $299, the press and its owners rate SHIELD tablet as one of the best tablets around, and next week SHIELD tablet gets even better with the release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, bringing Google's latest OS and all its upgrades to SHIELD tablet in record time.

Core to the Android Lollipop update is Material Design Language (MDL), a new, better way to convey information with improved design, better visuals, and faster workflows. SHIELD tablet's Android Lollipop update brings this new design philosophy to menus and built-in apps, improving your experience when gaming, watching video, working, or streaming to Twitch. Please note, SHIELD Hub will be updated with MDL in the near future – for a first glimpse check out the video above.

For gamers, the most exciting addition in the Lollipop upgrade is the Android Extension Pack (AEP), which powered the jaw-dropping Unreal Engine 4 SHIELD Rivalry demo, showed off at Google I/O this year.

AEP enables developers to create PC-quality experiences on compatible devices, such as SHIELD tablet, the world's first 100% AEP-ready tablet. With full support for PC-class features like tessellation, deferred rendering, screen-space reflections, and screen-space ambient occlusion, to name but a few examples, mobile game developers can finally create experiences on par with those found on other gaming platforms.

You should also check out the new GRID Gaming Service, available exclusively to SHIELD owners for free through June 30, 2015. GRID is an on-demand, premium cloud gaming service that lets you stream PC games with amazing GeForce GTX-quality graphics to your SHIELD device, without needing a PC. It’s like Netflix for games. Simply select GRID Games inside SHIELD HUB and click on a game and you’ll instantly be playing top PC titles like Batman: Arkham City and Borderlands 2 from anywhere in North America.

Before you play your first game, an automatic network test will determine if you have sufficient bandwidth and low enough latency to stream games on GRID. We intend to build GRID into a premium cloud gaming service, and the best global service, and will expand into Western Europe soon. Plus, we’ll add new games each week so that there is always something fresh to play. We’d love to hear your feedback to help make this game-changing service even better.

Behind the scenes, Lollipop’s Android RunTime (ART) technology has taken over operation of the OS, having initially been introduced in Android 4.4. With ART, apps run faster, use less memory, and consume less battery when active and idle. ART makes your experience more responsive, and as additional apps are optimized for Lollipop your performance will improve even further.

Among the Lollipop updates to our own apps, those made to Dabbler Art Studio are of particular note, with over many significant changes greatly improving the finger and stylus-controlled GPU-accelerated art app. For starters, the user interface has been completely redesigned for MDL making it more user friendly and visually striking. In addition, support for multiple picture layers enable even better creations, a customizable color palette increases work speed, adjustable brush pressure sensitivity gives artists more control, and the number of undo steps has been increased to ten. There’s also a moveable stencil to help you draw perfect shapes and lines, the ability to stream your art session live to Twitch, vector shape support, Google Drive sharing, and much, much more. Already, users have created some incredible digital masterpieces, and we can’t wait to see what they create next with the new and improved toolset.

Along with the Lollipop and Dabbler upgrades, we're including a couple of additional features in the SHIELD tablet software update.

The first is a Console Mode update that enables streaming local 4K content on your SHIELD tablet at native resolution to your 4K UHDTV.

The second new feature is USB Y cable support, enabling the simultaneous use of a charger and an Ethernet cable, so now you can game continually while using 1080p GameStream or 4K Console Mode, and enjoy your games and media faster with a better data rate.

If you like the sound of a faster, better experience with improved performance and new PC-quality games that utilize advanced visual effects, then you best download the SHIELD tablet Android 5.0 Lollipop on November 18th. If it doesn't appear for download automatically on your device by the 19th, head into ‘Settings’, scroll down to ‘About tablet’, click ‘System updates’, ‘Check now’, and follow the on-screen instructions to update your SHIELD tablet with the new hotness everyone’s talking about. Then, jump into the SHIELD Hub app and into the Shop to grab Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and other new SHIELD-optimized games.

If you don't yet have one of the best tablets available, and one of the first to feature Lollipop, you can snap up a SHIELD tablet straight from our website. Note, if you select the 32GB LTE SHIELD tablet, which enables you to access content from anywhere in the world, you'll receive Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and Portal for free. Bundled together as the wittily titled Green Box Bundle , Valve's incredible games run natively on SHIELD tablet with PC-grade graphics and effects, and play brilliantly on the SHIELD Controller and on your TV in Console Mode.

One more thing: If you're running a SHIELD portable, don't despair: an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the original SHIELD device is in the works. Stay tuned to GeForce.com for details.