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Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA updates coming soon to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Shield Portable

According to a couple forum posts, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable shouldn't have to wait too much longer to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Published onApril 22, 2015

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If you’re the owner of a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, odds are you’ve been wondering when your device will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop. According to a few posts in the NVIDIA forums, owners of these devices won’t have to wait much longer.

NVIDIA has been very attentive thus far with OS updates for its SHIELD Tablet, but up until now, there’s been no word as to when the device would receive the newest version of Android. In a post by a customer care representative, the Tablet’s 5.1 OTA update will start rolling out shortly, bringing along with it a few performance improvements.

As part of the SHIELD tablet experience post-OTA 2.0, we heard your feedback about performance and responsiveness issues related to the Android OS.
We have identified and fixed many of these issues in an upcoming OTA release, which will also upgrade the OS to Android 5.1. In addition to new features and improved security, Android 5.1 provides an overall snappier end user experience.
Stay tuned to hear more about this in the coming weeks

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The SHIELD Portable is still running Android 4.4 KitKat, so users are rightfully upset that the device hasn’t even seen a glimpse of Lollipop yet. But in response to an upset Portable owner, another NVIDIA representative revealed that the device will be updated straight to Android 5.1:

We decided to move to Android L 5.1 MR1 for the first Android L based OTA update for the SHIELD Portable. I understand people’s frustration with the long wait. It won’t be much longer.

We’ll be sure to let you know when Android 5.1 begins to roll out to these devices.

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