One year ago, if you had asked us to name some companies to consider when you’re in the market for an affordable, high-spec Android tablet, we’d rattle off a few names… with NVIDIA not really among them. While 2013’s Tegra Note 7 was an interesting foray into the world of budget tablets, its specs weren’t much to talk about, and NVIDIA was a pretty unproven entity when it came to Android software support. But a year later we have the Shield Tablet, and while the price is up, the hardware has taken a hefty leap forward, too – it may even be a better deal than the Nexus 9. Even our software concerns are being mitigated, with NVIDIA one of the fastest companies around to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to its tablet. As Google delivers some finely-tuned Lollipop updates that push Android 5.0 into decimal-version territory, NVIDIA is following right behind it, and this week starts pushing Android 5.0.1 to Shield Tablet users.
It’s all part of the Shield Tablet’s 2.1 software, which in addition to delivering Android 5.0.1, has some further Shield-specific enhancements. NVIDIA tells us about optimized memory handling, more responsive app switching, new camera effects, the return of the tablet’s power-control menu, and support for OpenGL 4.5.
As this release started heading out last night, you may have already upgraded. If not, pull out your Shield Tablet and do a quick check for updates – there’s likely one waiting for you. And from the pace we’ve seen so far, we’d wager you’ve got lots more quick Android updates to look forward to in the future, as well.