September 1, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Nvidia SHIELD Tablet gets its first update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of the Nvidia SHIELD getting it’s first custom ROMs and be sure the check out the article talking about the Moto G 4G getting Official CyanogenMod! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared released a video showing you his Top 5 MODs for the LG G3. Then Newcomer RootJunky showed off how to root the LG G Watch. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet has only been available for a little over a month. In that short time, Nvidia’s latest gaming-capable mobile device has more than proven its worth. In fact, we recently took it for a spin, and we liked what we saw. Since then, it’s been rooted, it’s received its first major OTA, and the device continues to demonstrate that there is certainly a place for a low-priced and high-powered gaming-centric tablet.
Only a few weeks after its release, the Nvidia Shield Tablet seemed poised to receive a good amount of aftermarket development love. This started with an unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port for the device by XDA Recognized Developer Unjustified Dev. Now, XDA Senior Member joshuabg and Unjustified Dev have created two source-built ROMs for the device for your flashing pleasure. The former’s offering is built on the AOKP codebase and Unjustified_Dev’s device tree, while the latter’s ROM offers various CM-derived features such as profiles and quick settings.
If you’ve already gotten your hands on the Nvidia Shield Tablet, you should probably get started with rooting, installing a custom recovery, and loading up a custom ROM. To get in on the action, first drop by the Shield Tablet CWM recovery thread. Then once you’ve got the recovery installed, head over to the VanirAOSP ROM and AICP ROM threads.
August 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Nvidia Shield Tablet is the latest toy from one of the largest desktop graphics manufacturers, and it has just has received its first OTA update. The first update, which is labeled as firmware revision 1.1, brings a rather long list of optimizations and improvements poised to make this device even greater.
The rather small, 84.1 MB update contains the following refinements:
As you can see, Nvidia focused mostly of optimizing and stabilizing the Android 4.4.2 Android build used in the tablet. Key among this update’s refinements is the new PRISM feature toggle. If you ever wondered what the technology is, we are here to give you the answer. PRISM is a feature that changes screen brightness and contrast dynamically to improve the readability of displayed content. It also manages the power usage of the device. As reported by some members, PRISM might cause the screen flicker, so it’s up to you to decide whether you want to keep it enabled on your Shield Tablet or not.
Other noticeable changes that were brought with this update are tweaks to ShadowPlay, which was quite problematic in the past, as well as improvements to audio, WiFi, and the Camera. All issues spotted so far have been addressed with proper fixes.
The OTA should be on its way to your device as we speak, but if you can’t wait to get it, XDA Forum Member gqkevyn managed to capture the link and shared it for your sideloading pleasure. If you are the owner of the Nvidia Shield Tablet, flash the OTA and share your reflections in the comment section below.
August 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just a few days ago, we took an in depth look at the Nvidia Shield Tablet and liked what we saw. Unfortunately, something was missing at the time, but we’ve gone ahead and rectified this. I am of course talking about a home forum here on XDA. Along for the ride, we’ve also added a forum for another new device, the Sharp Aquos Crystal.
First up is the Nvidia Shield Tablet. As you undoubtedly gathered from our full review, the Shield Tablet is a great device for those looking for a gaming-friendly tablet that offers stylus functionality and a nice, crisp screen. Part of this is undoubtedly due to the beefy hardware specifications, which include an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor running at 2.2 GHz, an 8-inch 1920×1200 display, and DirectStylus 2 functionality.
Next up is the Sharp Aquos Crystal. The Aquos Crystal is most notable for its virtually frameless LCD screen. Living up to their tagline of “take the edge off,” this device features only one noticeable bezel, and it is undoubtedly among the sleekest phones available. Unfortunately, hardware specs aren’t quite inline with the device’s aesthetitcs, consisting of a 1.2 GHz qud-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. However, those looking for a stylish device that offers midrange performance may have found their perfect device.
Is the Shield Tablet or Aquos Crystal in your future? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums!
A little over a year ago, Nvidia decided to change the game–literally. The Nvidia SHIELD Portable was announced, released, and was very well received. Here we are, shortly following the announcement of a new, and epic, generation of mobile device processors, and Nvidia has officially released their next SHIELD installment, the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet.
One of the chief complaints we saw with the original SHIELD Portable was the screen size and resolution. A 5” screen with 720p resolution was usable for most tasks, but could get to be a bit of a strain on the eyes after a while. Nvidia has attempted to address this with an 8”, 1920 x 1200 display (which is, by the way, quite nice).
Check out Jordan’s Video Review:
|Processor||NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU,2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU|
|Display||8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch Full HD display|
|Audio||Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone|
|Storage||32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)|
|Wireless||802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-FiBluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS|
|Connectivity||WiFi+4G LTE or WiFi-only, Mini-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone|
|Camera||Front: 5MP HDR;Back: 5MP auto focus HDR|
|Stylus||DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint (Included)|
|Battery||19.75 Watt Hours|
As you can probably imagine, with the Tegra K1 and 2GB of RAM, this thing eats up games for breakfast.
As this latest SHIELD is a standalone tablet, if you want to interact with your games like you did on the SHIELD portable, you’ll need a controller. With most other devices, this means pairing a Bluetooth controller. This usually introduces a bit of latency, which could mean the difference between getting a headshot and BEING headshot.
With the SHIELD Tablet, Nvidia released the SHIELD controller, a WiFi-direct solution that promises lower latency and easier pairing. In practice, both of these claims appear to be true.
Additionally, a magnetic tablet cover is available that makes it simple to stand the tablet up on a flat surface so you can keep right on gaming with the wireless controller.
As with the SHIELD Portable, the tablet comes with a version of Android KitKat (specifically, version 4.4.2) that is only minimally customized, adding in pieces and parts to make the controller and stylus work appropriately, as well as whatever’s necessary for game streaming and recording. This means that updates can, and should, come frequently, as they have with the original SHIELD.
This also means that rooting the device is quite painless, as you can see in the following video:
Sound is one place where the SHIELD Tablet really shines. With most Android devices, and especially most tablets, speakers come in the form of one or two small, tinny speakers at the bottom, or the back, of the device.
The SHIELD Tablet has front facing stereo speakers as well as bass reflex ports on the side, which makes for some truly decent sound quality. I rarely found myself bumping the volume over about 50%, because the speakers were just that loud, clear, and crisp sounding.
This is another area where the SHIELD Tablet shines. It’s easy to throw around numbers like 8” and 1920×1200, but it doesn’t do it justice. The colors are vivid, and the viewing angles are excellent.
One new feature introduced with the SHIELD Tablet is the ability to record screencasts directly from the device, including the built-in camera and microphone. This really makes this device a unique experience, as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve only tested this functionality a few times, and it seems to be a bit hit-or-miss. It records at a strange resolution, 1728×1080, presumably because the native screen resolution is 1920×1200 instead of 1920×1080. Additionally, the audio can sometimes go wildly out of sync from the video. Rebooting the device seems to take care of that issue, but you don’t know about it until after the recording, so it’s safest to just reboot before you’re going to record anything.
The built-in microphone really isn’t all that bad. My initial tests made me think it might be, but as it turns out, if you’re using the wireless controller, it attempts to use the microphone in it instead, which IS a pretty rough microphone.
Built-in streaming to Twitch.tv is also supported, which is absolutely awesome. You have to turn the quality down before attempting it, but still, it’s an all-in-one game streaming solution.
The downside of all of this, as I hinted earlier, is some glitchiness in the software. I attempted to record gameplay of games like Half-Life 2, but if I tried to leave the camera turned on while doing so, the game would immediately crash. I believe most of these things will be fixed, in due time, with software upgrades.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is a tablet. Please don’t use it as a camera.
That said, the pictures I took with the rear-facing camera were… well, not great. 5MP doesn’t go quite as far as it used to, so they were blurry and grainy. However, for the front-facing camera, while it’s still a bit grainy, it’s leaps and bounds better than a lot of other front-facing cameras, and given that its primary intention is to be used while streaming or recording games, it works extremely well for that!
A stylus is not something you’d normally talk about with a tablet, but this is a bit of an exception. The stylus of the original Tegra Note has been revamped a bit for the SHIELD tablet, with excellent results. I’m no artist, but the stylus has been extremely easy to use and feels very sturdy and solid in the hand, allowing for fine-grained control.
Unfortunately, the stylus doesn’t appear to work with all other devices, though it DID work with the HP Slate 7 Extreme, which also uses Nvidia DirectStylus technology.
According to Nvidia, the battery in the tablet is 19.75 Watt hours. That should equate to about 5200 mAh, which is just above average for a tablet of this size. In practice, I usually don’t find myself sitting down with a device like this for more than a couple of hours at a time, so I regularly saw several days of battery life, but my gaming was probably lighter than average. With heavier usage, of course you’d be able to drain the battery in just a few hours, but that can be said of just about any device with any battery size.
As a “next step” in the SHIELD family, the new SHIELD tablet is definitely a very worthwhile addition. Excellent performance, interesting software additions, amazing sound quality make it a powerful combo, not just for gaming, but for everyday tasks, media consumption, and even a bit of artistry. With a price tag of $299/$399 (and even more if you want the wireless controller and magnetic device cover) it’s a bit on the steep side, but if you’re looking for a good all-around tablet, and an especially good gaming tablet, this is the one.
August 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Jordan has covered the Nvidia SHIELD evolution closely and Nvidia just released the SHIELD Tablet. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the SHIELD tablet is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your SHIELD Tablet using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward, you use TowelRoot and are on your way. So if you wanted to root your SHIELD Tablet, take a moment and check this video out.