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Huge NVIDIA Shield Tablet update brings Lollipop and GRID

News by Luke Jones on Friday November 14, 2014.

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The guys over at NVIDIA had got to work fast on the Android 5.0 Lollipop and said last week that the new software was easily portable to the Shield Tablet and that it would be ready for this month. The chip maker has now confirmed that the device will be getting the new build of Google's mobile platform on November 18th, making it the first third party device not tied to Google to get the bump.

Aside from getting Lollipop early, and all the perks of the new software such as Material Design and better security, the Shield Tablet will be getting some new goodies. For a start, NVIDIA will be updating its own Dabbler app so that is will now match the overall look and feel of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also included in the new Dabbler experience will be full layer support and the ability to share live Dabbler exchanges on Twitch.

Of course, with its Tegra K1 powered innards, the Shield Tablet has always been billed as a gaming slate, a device for those who take mobile gaming seriously. There are some awesome games on the horizon too. For example, Half-Life 2: Episode One will find its way to the Shield, ready to rumble with the K1, and for those rocking the 32GB LTE version of the tablet, the Half-Life 2 fames comes with the "Green Box" bundle. That means the whole Half-Life 2 game and Portal will be on board... nice one Valve.

Also making its way to the Shield Tablet with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be addition of GRID, a sort of curation point for games. Think of GRID as the Netflix of video games and you would have a fair idea of how it works. Users can stream games from the service and some big hitters will push the boundaries of mobile gaming. For example, Batman: Arkham City and Borderlands 2 are lined up and new games will be added weekly. GRID will be available in North American during November and will arrive in Western Europe in December, before rolling out to other regions in the New Year.

The great thing about GRID being integrated into the Shield Tablet experience is that it will be completely free to users of NVIDIA's slate until June 30th, 2015.

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