NVIDIA has stressed the near stock version of Android on their SHIELD hardware since the launch of the SHIELD portable, as that has meant some of the most rapid updates to the new OS of any OEM.
Android 5.0 Lollipop on the SHIELD tablet will be no different. NVIDIA is showing a sneak peak of the update running and has announced that it will be out via an over-the-air update later this month. As you are probably aware, the SHIELD tablet uses the same Tegra K1 processor found in the Nexus 9, so if the Nexus 9′s 4:3 aspect ratio, 8.9-inch screen or price turn you off, SHIELD tablet is definitely a device to consider at $299 for the WiFi version and $399 for the unlocked AT&T LTE variant.
Beyond the upgrade to Lollipop NVIDIA has a couple updates to their own apps. Dabbler, the drawing app that comes pre-installed on the SHIELD tablet to take advantage of the included stylus, is getting a design update and the SHIELD Hub app will be updated with a new design that’s much more in line with current Android standards.
Gamers were pretty keyed into the SHIELD portable last year and while the SHIELD tablet is definitely a great device for gamers, it shouldn’t be ignored as a general use tablet. NVIDIA is proving time and again that they are working hard to deliver the best Android experience to SHIELD customers.