NVIDIA promises Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for Shield tablet

Lollipop's coming to your Shield. Image: NVIDIA

Lollipop’s coming to your Shield. Image: NVIDIA

NVIDIA has today confirmed that its new Shield gaming tablet will be getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade “and more.” The Shield, like Google’s new Nexus 9, is powered by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor.

NVIDIA’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after Google made Lollipop official, alongside its new Nexus devices. It makes the company one of the first third parties — alongside Motorola — to confirm that its devices will be getting a Lollipop update. But it’s not exactly a big surprise given the Shield’s age and specifications.

Launched this July, the Shield is one of the most powerful Android-powered tablets available right now, with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, NVIDIA’s impressive Kepler GPU, and 2GB of RAM. It’s more than capable of running Lollipop, then, so users would have been expecting an upgrade.

Unfortunately, NVIDIA hasn’t confirmed exactly when the software will be available yet, so for now, we’ll just have to wait for more news.