On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.
The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:
- Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
- Network Test capability
- User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
- Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
- Improved Touch Performance
- Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements
An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.
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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.
If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.
The SHIELD Tablet is a pretty good device as is. It has a well-sized display, front speakers, a stylus, and the power of an NVIDIA processor. The two things that the SHIELD Tablet has lacked — a 4G LTE connection and additional internal storage — is arriving soon. The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is now up for pre-order. It costs an additional $100 over the standard 16GB model, priced at $399.
The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is certified to work on AT&T’s network. For activating the SHIELD Tablet at AT&T, the carrier will credit $100 to a customer’s bill. So there is a bit of an incentive to use the tablet with AT&T. Of course, it will also work with T-Mobile’s network as well.
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
Get ready for another courtroom showdown between technology titans. NVIDIA has submitted formal complaints that allege patent infringement on the end of Qualcomm and Samsung. The seven patents included have to do with graphic processing units. NVIDIA claims it did reach out to Samsung to negotiate a licensing agreement for the parents; however, Samsung allegedly declined and went ahead with Qualcomm.
Here is the statement issued by NVIDIA’s David Shannon:
We made no progress. Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem.
Without licensing NVIDIA’s patented GPU technology, Samsung and Qualcomm have chosen to deploy our IP without proper compensation to us. This is inconsistent with our strategy to earn an appropriate return on our investment.
Devices that are said to be utilizing the disputed patents include the recent Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S 5. Last year’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 are also eligible. The Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and range of Galaxy Tab tablets are all involved as well.
The formal complaints were submitted to the International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware.
This fall, HP will be releasing two new Chromebooks that are actually updates to models they already offer in 11-inch and 14-inch sizes. Both refreshed models will feature new processors and color options to set it apart from the competition. While the internal storage for both Chromebooks is not very much, owners will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. Both also feature 1366×768 displays.
An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.
Here is what the update includes:
- Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
- Improved camera performance
- NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
- Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
- ShadowPlay performance optimizations
- Localization improvements
- Audio optimizations
- Misc. stability improvements
Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.
NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.
Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.
Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.