April 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolled out to the Nvidia SHIELD! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the story on how the Sprint HTC One M8 was updated to 1.54.651.8 and received a new extreme power savings mode and the news about the HTC One M8 receiving S-Off! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Crappalinks, as well as a video explaining everything you need to know about the new Amazon Fire TV. Finally, TK also gave us an Android App Review of the C Locker update. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
A game changing device in the Android world, the renowned GPU designer Nvidia released their portable Shield gaming console in part to showcase the power of the mobile Tegra 4 chipset. Now, this handheld micro console joins the ranks of the many other devices to have KitKat available for them.
However, this update brings more than just Google’s break-me-off-a-piece-of-that-Android-bar to the Shield. Nvidia upgraded several of the Shield’s unique features. GameStream, which allows you to stream PC games over your home WiFi network, has been upgraded to allow you to stream from certain GeForce-powered laptops. They have also introduced Remote GameStream, which is currently in Beta. Remote GameStream allows you to stream from your computer over the world wide intertubes. There are pieces included that improve this functionality, such as being able to wake up computers through Shield.
That’s not the only feature that they have improved. In the past if you wanted to connect your Shield to your television, you could connect a Bluetooth controller and play your Shield Games on the big screen using console mode. This feature has been improved to add support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice, which is almost certainly Nvidia’s way of competing with devices such as the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. You can now also charge your Shield while using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y cable.
Finally, there are some enhancements to TegraZone and the Gamepad Mapper. There is one big caveat that anyone considering this update should be aware of. The Shield comes with 16 GB of storage and that can get filled up quickly with huge games—I’m looking at you, Asphalt 8 and GTA! The solution has always been to get a huge microSD card and move applications to external storage. In the past, we’ve talked about how KitKat changes the way in which SD cards are handled. However, NVidia says this option still works. But now, you cannot browse your SD card using apps like ES File Explorer. Read more about their warnings here.
The update is available in wide release, so hammer your update button and enjoy your KitKat update. Then be sure to head over to the Nvidia Shield forum to share your experiences!
December 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013.
Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see the top 5 trends in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
December 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
With increasingly powerful GPUs and a growing number of high quality game releases, gaming on Android is becoming a very real thing. As such, more and more users are delving beyond casual gaming titles like Angry Birds, instead investing decent amounts of energy playing large-scale releases.
Alongside our powerful mobile devices, we’ve also seen the emergence of a new class of device. Rather than simply playing games on standard mobile phones or traditional game consoles, people are increasingly turning to Android-powered gaming devices.
We’ve decided to create a place where gamers can discuss all things related to this new class of devices: our newly created Android Gaming Consoles and Handhelds forum. Inside, you’ll find forums for the Ouya Game Console and the Nvidia Shield, as well as the upcoming Mad Catz M.O.J.O.
Make your way over to the newly created Android Gaming Consoles and Handhelds forum to get started!
October 30, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Just over three months ago, Nvidia released the Nvidia Shield to the world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan got his hands on it and did an unboxing, review, and a couple gameplay videos. However, there were admittedly some hiccups for Nvidia in their first foray into device manufacturing.
Luckily for us, Nvidia took our “constructive” criticisms and listened. They released an update that has addressed a majority of the problems. The update fixes everything from the much needed ability to move games to the SD Card to the odd solution of living room gaming entitled console mode. So if you want to see the many improvements that Nvidia has released, check out this video.
September 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Nvidia Shield. The Nvidia Shield is a device that is in a class all of it’s own. There is really nothing else like it, and that is a good thing. But as usual, here at XDA we must root all the things and the Shield is no exception to that!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access and unlock the bootloader on your Nvidia Shield using tools from the XDA Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to unlock the device. Then he shows you how to gain root access. If you are having trouble installing the proper drivers on Windows 8, Jordan recommends checking out wwJoshdew’s video. So take a moment and check this video out.
August 9, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nvidia SHIELD‘s open source materials were released, while the this wasn’t the case for the Nexus 7 (2013). That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is an article about optimizing your Chormecast and news about the XDA Development Database.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video, giving you a basic education about the Android kernel, Jordan reviewed the Nvidia Shield, and TK gave an app review of C Locker and C Widget. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 8, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
After watching Jordan’s review of the Nvidia SHIELD, you may be interested in picking one up for yourself. And there’s no fault in this, as the shield packs some serious hardware and battery power, as well as some nice proprietary features such as PC game mirroring and that all-important game controller, in a sleek and portable device. However, this being XDA, many of us are waiting to see just how open the device is towards aftermarket development before getting started.
In this mobile age, nothing is a guarantee anymore; even Nexus devices aren’t quite as open as we’d like. However, Nvidia is trying to cater to the aftermarket development community with the release of their open source materials and factory restore images. Included in the open source materials is “everything they [open source developers] need to create custom OS images for SHIELD.” Furthermore, if you manage to make a mess of things while making use of the aforementioned open source materials, Nvidia has also provided factory images for the device, including a binary recovery image in order to make restoring the device to full stock configuration a breeze.
Back in January, I was lucky enough to be asked to represent XDA at CES. In my experience, one of the most exciting things unveiled at this year’s CES was the Nvidia’s “Project SHIELD.” Here we are, just over six months later, and SHIELD is no longer a “Project,” but a full-fledged, consumer-ready device.
In the middle of June, I ended up with a SHIELD in my hands, direct from the people at Nvidia. We were given a demonstration, allowed to try it out, and then sent away with one, and sworn to secrecy (in a manner of speaking). READ ON »
August 2, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If just having the latest Android 4.3 wasn’t a good enough reason to upgrade, Android 4.3 has TRIM support! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an announcement that CyanogenMod Team has realeased Focal from Project Nemesis and some forums were added for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Huawei Ascend P6.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video showing how to root the New Nexus 7 (2013), and later he compared the Old Nexus 7 to the New Nexus 7. TK then showed us everything we needed to know about the new Google Chromecast. Also check out Jordan’s Nvidia Shield unboxing video and gameplay video. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Back at CES, Nvidia announced a unique Android Device. It wasn’t a tablet. It wasn’t a phone. It wasn’t a phablet. It was SHIELD. As XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talked about earlier, SHIELD is a gaming device poised to really make use of Nvidia’s next flagship SoC, the Tegra 4.
Designed to resemble a standard gaming controller, SHIELD is intended to shake up the drab Android gaming ecosystem, and Nvidia is doing what they can to deliver a great product. In addition, the device allows you to stream PC games as long as you have the appropriate video card. Jordan has gotten his hands on a SHIELD unit, and he’s here to give you an unboxing as well as his first impressions. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
During the past week, we’ve created several new forums for exciting new mobile devices. Not too long ago, we took a look at the HTC One at its launch event in New York City. We then promptly put it through its paces with a round of benchmarks. After we found it to be a solid performer, we then decided to give it a home in our forum. Now, its US variants can also share in the joy with forums of their own.
Despite opening ourselves up to various cheesy puns based on the device’s name, we also decided to create forums for the HTC First. HTC’s Facebook-friendly device is interesting not only because it is the First device to feature Facebook Home, but also because it ships with a relatively untainted version of Jelly Bean—something we haven’t seen from HTC since the G2. Finally, we’re also adding Nvidia’s new gaming platform, Project Shield. While not quite a phone or a tablet, this Tegra 4- and Jelly Bean-powered device aims to take the mobile gaming market in Q2 2013.
Those looking to get in on the action can do so by visiting the new forums below: