NVIDIA Shield tablet gets its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade

Shield tablet is already packing Lollipop. Photo: NVIDIA

Shield tablet is already packing Lollipop. Photo: NVIDIA, Shiel

NVIDIA is now rolling out its Android 5.0 Lollipop to Shield tablet owners, staying true to its promise of a November release. In addition to the Material Design makeover, the upgrade brings welcome changes and improvements to the Shield Hub and NVIDIA Dabbler, plus support for 4K output.

Today’s release makes the Shield one of the first tablets made by a third-party hardware manufacturer to get an official Lollipop upgrade, following its debut on Google’s new Nexus 9 earlier this month. That’s largely thanks to NVIDIA’s decision to make very few changes to stock Android; aside from a small number of pre-installed apps, this is pure Lollipop.

That means you get Material Design in all its glory, exactly as Google intended it — as well as much-improved notifications, beautiful animations, better multitasking, and even greater performance. In addition, NVIDIA’s own Shield Hub and Dabbler apps have also been updated.

Shield Hub now has NVIDIA Grid built-in, which provides access to “amazing games” streaming from GeForce GPUs in the cloud. In addition to regular Android games, then, Shield users can play regular PC titles — such as Borderlands 2 and Batman Arkham City — in all their glory… on a tablet. What’s more, Grid is free for Shield users until June 30, 2015.

As for Dabbler, that has a whole new user interface inspired by Material Design, as well as support for layers, movable shape guides, and the ability to stream live painting sessions on Twitch. So now you can show the world how good you are at drawing male genitalia — in real-time.

This update also brings USB Y-cable support, improves charger compatibility, optimizes GPS, and introduces support for 4K output. If you haven’t already received a notification to say it’s ready to download, search for it via the software update section inside your Settings app.