Talk Android Weekly Recap: July 24 – August 1, 2015

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We’re just wrapping up another exciting week at Talk Android! OnePlus announced the OnePlus Two, which has been met with much controversy. Motorola revealed a bunch of new devices and accessories: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G, and a handful of Bluetooth headsets. Despite a successfully funded IndieGoGo campaign, the YotaPhone 2 will not be coming to the United States, and Google has indefinitely delayed the Android M Developer Preview 3.

Hopefully you didn’t miss out on any of these awesome stories. If you did, be sure to hit the break to catch up on all the latest happenings in Android!

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PSA: NVIDIA announces worldwide recall for SHIELD Tablet, overheating battery poses fire risk

nvidia_shield_tablet_9448NVIDIA might be in the process of pushing out software updates to its devices, but it has also issued a voluntary worldwide recall for any SHIELD Tablet sold between July 2014 to July 2015. The recall is due to NVIDIA determining that because the tablets battery can overheat, the tablet poses a fire hazard. If you have an affected device, NVIDIA will replace it with an identical device, albeit with a different battery.

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NVIDIA’s now rolling out the Android 5.1 update for the Tegra Note 7

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Owner’s of the Tegra Note 7 are in for a little treat this morning as NVIDA has just started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1 update to all models of the slate located in the United States.

As far as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the operating system to the tablet, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable gets Android 5.1, Chromecast support, and more

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A software update is rolling out right now to the SHIELD Portable that includes the latest version of Android, Chromecast support, and the removal of select apps and games. Despite the SHIELD set-top box becoming NVIDIA’s go-to device, the company has not completely abandoned its handheld game console. The device is seemingly still relevant enough for NVIDIA to provide it with Android 5.1 Lollipop and Chromecast support. The latter, though, has resulted in NVIDIA ending Miracast support.

This is the SHIELD Portable’s first software update in almost six months.

Hit the break for the official changelog.

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NVIDIA SHIELD updated to version 1.3 bringing WIFI and controller connectivity improvements

nvidia_shield_system_controller_remoteThose of you with the NVIDIA SHIELD will be happy to hear a new update is available today. Software version 1.3  will improve WIFI and controller connectivity.

This small update is released only a month after version 1.2, which added the ability to share photos in 4K on Ultra HD TV’s. That update came even quicker just two weeks after 1.1 which brought Android 5.1 to the SHIELD. If they continue the trend we should see version 1.4 out sometime next month.

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Tegra X1 Chromebook might be happening, codenamed “Smaug”

Chromebook_GenericIf you’ve kept up with Chromebooks over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed how different manufacturers have been testing out different processors for their ultra-portable laptops. Most Chromebooks tend to use Intel’s low-power chips, but we’ve seen some experimentation from other companies, such as Samsung using their own ARM Exynos processors and Asus using Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chips. However, ARM processor usage has been pretty limited up to this point, mostly because ARM processors just haven’t completely matched up to Intel’s offerings in the performance category. Read more

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet and set-top box get four new titles

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The library of games that are compatible with NVIDIA’s tablet and set-top box grows today with the arrival of four major titles. Among them is Valve’s Half-Life 2: Episode Two, another game from the fan-favorite developer that has agreed to bring its games to NVIDIA’s hardware. With the Tegra X1 processor inside, you should expect all games to run without any hiccups. There are now more than one hundred “high-quality games” available through the SHIELD Hub app designed for its tablet and set-top box while Google Play offers an amount higher than two hundred.

Hit the break for download links.

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ITC Staff recommends clearing Samsung, Qualcomm in Nvidia case

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Remember that lawsuit between Nvidia and Samsung that began late last year as a result of the graphic card manufacturer believing that the Korean company had infringed upon seven of its patents? And how Samsung hit back by first accusing Nvidia of false advertising and then by issuing its own lawsuit claiming the Nvidia had infringed upon Samsung’s patents? The International Trade Commission (ITC) stepped in soon after and have now formed a recommendation.

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