Nvidia updates Shield Portable with security and stability fixes

Today is apparently Nvidia update day. On top of a new set of Game Ready drivers, the company issued a software update for the Shield Portable handheld gaming device. The new software rolls up Android security updates for version 5.1 Lollipop, fixes a bug with the brightness setting for the LED logo on the device's home button, stabilizes the device's volume during video playback, prevents a hardware freeze when its lid is closed and reopened, and solves an issue where the device would improperly display an "Optimizing apps" notification during use. Nvidia says this is an optional update, but the fact that it contains security fixes means we'd go out of our way to install it.

This update comes as something of a surprise, considering that the Shield Portable first hit shelves in mid-2013 and last received a major update about a year ago. That update brought Android 5.1 to the platform, along with a couple other tweaks, but life has been quiet for Shield Portable owners since. Still, Nvidia has an excellent track record of updating the Android software running on its devices, and keeping the Shield Portable current roughly three years into its life is impressive commitment from any company that isn't Apple.

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    • stephenrowan
    • 4 years ago

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    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    It’s sad that any update for a two year old Android device is considered a bit of a surprise. Nvidia seems to be doing well with its Android products though.

    • swaaye
    • 4 years ago

    Cyanogenmod is supporting it now too. There’s Marshmallow for ya.

    I wonder if Tegra Note 7 will see an update. Would be nice. The Lollipop release for it lacks features and has problems.

    • djayjp
    • 4 years ago

    Well not “current” as that would be marshmallow or 6.0 or greater.

    • EzioAs
    • 4 years ago

    Apple isn’t the only company with a commitment to its products, Microsoft is also quite committed to the Lumia phones.

    Still, I have to agree, it’s really great to see Nvidia still rolling out updates for their Shield devices even after quite some time after it’s release.

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