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NVIDIA Confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop for Shield Tablet

News by Luke Jones on Thursday October 16, 2014.

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop now ready to land at the end of the month on a slew of Google Nexus devices, other companies are confirming or reaffirming their plans for the software. The latest to detail its Lollipop plans is NVIDIA, with the company saying its Shield Tablet will be getting a lick of Android 5.0, although has not confirmed exactly when.

The Shield Tablet is a new slate so there is no surprise to see it getting the bump to Lollipop, so it is nice to see NVIDIA confirm as much. However, I imagine it will be next year before the slate gets the bump with devices closer to Google's ecosystem getting the patch first. NVIDIA also offered some tantalizing new features when it said Android 5.0 "and more" would be on the way.

Launched during the summer the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a very good gaming slate, but for other tablet related features it is a mixed bag. In terms of the processor, NVIDIA is of course using its own chipset, in this case the 32-bit 2.2GHz quad-core CPU Tegra K1 and 192-core Kepler GPU paired with 2GB of RAM. There is also a 1080p Full HD LCD screen and 16GB and 32GB storage options. As for storage expansion, the Shield comes with a MicroSD card slot and a Mini-HDMI jack.

The Shield retains the stylus found with other NVIDIA products and also comes with the company's propriety notation software. There is a dedicated gaming controller sold separately that looks like a mash up between an Xbox 360 and SEGA Dreamcast game pad. The tablet will be solidly priced too, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost $299 and the 32GB LTE version will come with a price tag of $399. The optional controller can be bought for $59

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