NVIDIA Shield receives Android 4.4.2 software update with new features

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The NVIDIA Shield, which is the company’s Android-based gaming console with an analog controller and an attached 5-inch screen, received the April software update today that takes the gaming console from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 4.4.2.

The April update comes with new features such as Remote GameStream and Notebook support beta, an updated TegraZone, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, Multi-PC pairing and many more features which you can find out at the end of this article.

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Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

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Nvidia has announced a few things concerning the SHIELD gaming platform today, including a new software update, allowing for a number of new games. The biggest change to the platform is that it now adapts better to PC gamers.

SHIELD was released to be an ultra portable gaming platform for hard-core gamers, and this new update should help that become more of a reality. With this update, users will now be able to play PC games outside of their home. This feature is still in beta. Users will also now be able to take advantage of the wake-on LAN support. To further accommodate for PC gamers, users will also now be able to connect Bluetooth keyboards and mouses.

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Mount & Blade: Warband is a new mobile game exclusively for Tegra 4 devices

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If you’ve been looking for something to play on your NVIDIA Shield or other Tegra 4 device, you’ll want to check out Mount & Blade: Warband. It’s a brand new action-RPG set in medieval times that really looks like it takes advantage of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor.

The game is set in a fantasy world called Calradia that’s in the middle of a war, and consists of fully open sandbox-style gameplay. There are hundreds of locations to explore, tons of companions and weapons to use, and a finely tuned battle system that lets you fight on foot or on a mount. The game also has some of the most in-depth multiplayer ever on a mobile game, allowing up to 64 players to battle in multiple game modes. » Read the rest

AnTuTu benchmark suggests Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 is as fast as the Snapdragon 805 processor

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Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor may not be the biggest and baddest one on the market in the future. According to a new AnTuTu benchmark, Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 920 processor performs just as good. The processor is arranged with four Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15 CPU with ARM big.LITTLE architecture and Mali-T624; however, it is unknown if all eight cores can actually run at the same time. While the Snapdragon 805 earned 37,780 points, Huawei’s Kirin 920 came scored 37,363. Not too bad right?

It is becoming increasingly clear that Qualcomm is gaining some competition, even beyond Huawei. Samsung continues to release new Exynos processors (for part of the world) and even LG is working on Odin for future devices. Then there is NVIDIA, who is still working on gaining some of the attention Qualcomm stole from them in the mobile market. If not 2014, 2015 will be a year for secondary processors to become more prevalent.

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64-bit Tegra K1 CPU shows up in benchmarks with impressive scores

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We’ve been excited to see NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 processor in action ever since it was announced back in January, but benchmarks have been scarce and it’s obviously not in any devices just yet. Fortunately for our curiosity, an AnTuTu benchmark for a device with the 64-bit K1 processor has shown up, and it looks every bit as impressive as NVIDIA made it out to be two months ago.

The 64-bit chip showed up with a benchmark score of 43617, which is about 10k points higher than the Snapdragon 800 found in the current crop of flagship devices, and a few thousand points ahead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 and 801 chips. In certain CPU tests, the K1 faltered a bit compared to quad-core processors, but since it’s only a dual-core CPU, it makes sense. However, each of those cores still outperforms other quad-core processors, and the RAM test for the K1 was insanely high, so multitasking will be a great selling point for devices with this chip. » Read the rest

Tegra Note 7 now comes with LTE for $299

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The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset. 

On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.

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NVIDIA K1 powered tablet surfaces in AnTuTu Benchmark

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NVIDIA’s next generation of mobile processor, the K1, has shown up in the AnTuTu Benchmark site powering a new NVIDIA TegraNote tablet device. The K1 packs 192 gpu cores with CUDA technology, which NVIDIA says will make it capable of outperforming an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. In the data submitted to AnTuTu, this particular device was only running at up to 2.1GHz, slightly slower than the projected 2.3GHz speed NVIDIA is expected to use for production devices that utilize the quad-core chip. The TegraNote P1761 is listed as having a 1920×1200 resolution screen powered by 2GB of RAM operating Android 4.4.2. » Read the rest

Nvidia Tegra to concentrate on ‘superphones’

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According the Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia is not interested in normal smartphones and will instead focus their Tegra efforts on tablets and what is being dubbed “superphones”. Nvidia is mainly interested in devices that can take full advantage of the Tegra’s graphics capabilities such as gaming systems. Nvidia is also very interested in cars in which a demand for visual components are growing.

Nvidia briefly entered the budget smartphone market with their Tegra 3, which was in a number of devices from companies like HTC, Lenovo and Motorola. The chip that came after the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4, was a disappointing product, and hence Nvidia lost their hold on the market.

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ASUS is readying a handheld gaming device called the Gamebox

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Well look at what we have here. A new handheld gaming device from ASUS, called the Gamebox, hit the AnTuTu benchmarks. On the surface, it would appear to be a NVIDIA Shield competitor, but it’s not all that different from the Shield. It sports a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4, a GeForce ULP graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android 4.3.

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TegraZone Android app updated with more device support, Google Play integration

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nvidia_tegrazoneNvidia’s TegraZone app previously only made sense for Tegra-powered devices, but today’s update opens the app up for all Android users. Not all of the games within the app may be compatible, but you can now at least download the app to check. In addition, the app’s UI has been slightly tweaked to add filter controls, and the ability to restrict your list to only show games with controller support, which is useful for Shield owners.  The full list of changes:

  • Supports Google Play Game Services – achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews/ratings, and spreading the word about TegraZone games
  • Uses Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
  • TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
  • Support for NVIDIA SHIELD and MadCatz MOJO
  • Enabled for users of non-Tegra devices so they can learn about Tegra and great Android games
  • Minor bug fixes

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