NVIDIA Shield tablet gets Android 5.0.1 with new power control menu, HD camera effects

The Shield already has its Android 5.0.1 upgrade. Photo: NVIDIA

The Shield already has its Android 5.0.1 upgrade. Photo: NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s Shield tablet is already getting Google’s latest Android 5.0.1 update, and it doesn’t just contain the usual bug fixes. Users will find a new power control menu, live HD camera effects, memory optimizations, and even better performance.

The Shield tablet was one of the first third-party tablets not carrying the Nexus nametag to get a Lollipop upgrade, and just under a month later, it’s already getting Android 5.0.1. What’s more, NVIDIA has packed more than just patches into this release. Here’s the full list of everything you can expect:

  • Operating System update to Android 5.0.1
    SHIELD Tablet gets updated to the latest version of Android ‘Lollipop’. This is a minor release which includes a few bug fixes and updates
  • System performance enhancements
    Improvements in general UI and app responsiveness, including switching between apps
  • Camera enhancements: Live HD Effects (HDFX)
    The Camera Awesome app gets some cool new creative effects for stills and videos. All the effects leverage the power of the Tegra K1 GPU to deliver live-preview and full resolution recording with the effects
  • SHIELD Power Control Menu
    We’ve brought back the SHIELD Power Control Menu, based on community feedback
  • Memory Optimizations
    Enhanced support and optimizations for memory intensive apps
  • OpenGL 4.5 Support
  • Localization improvements

Shield tablet users — both those with Wi-Fi only devices and 4G LTE — should be able to download this update right away; if you haven’t already received an update notification, visit the software update section inside the Settings app to search for it.