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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet

NVIDIA has already posted the changelog to the Android 5.0.1 update for their Shield Tablet. The company has added in some of their own enhancements atop stock Lollipop, like the ability to customize the Power Control Menu.

Published onDecember 24, 2014

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When it comes to the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA has done a great job at providing timely software updates thus far. Just a few weeks after Android 5.0 Lollipop was announced, NVIDIA was one of the first to roll the update out to their devices. It looks like the company would like to uphold their reputation, as they just posted the changelog for the new Android 5.0.1 update. Android 5.0.1 hasn’t been out for more than a few weeks, so this is a pretty timely update on NVIDIA’s part.

Most of the update is filled with minor bug fixes and small changes, but there are some notable improvements that stand out. One in particular is the ability to customize your power control menu. In Android 5.0, Google removed the ability to put your device in Airplane Mode and Silent Mode using the shortcut by holding the power button. NVIDIA has added those options back with the update, as well as the addition of a Restart option, which will likely be a welcome feature among users. The Camera Awesome app is  getting a few new effects for photos and videos. NVIDIA is also including some general performance enhancements, specifically when it comes to switching between apps.

Take a look at the rest of the changelog here:

  • Operating System update to Android 5.0.1 – SHIELD Tablet gets updated to the latest version of Android ‘Lollipop’. This is a minor release which includes a few bug fixes and updates
  • System performance enhancements – Improvements in general UI and app responsiveness, including switching between apps
  • Camera enhancements: Live HD Effects (HDFX) – The Camera Awesome app gets some cool new creative effects for stills and videos. All the effects leverage the power of the Tegra K1 GPU to deliver live-preview and full resolution recording with the effects
  • SHIELD Power Control Menu – We’ve brought back the SHIELD Power Control Menu, based on community feedback
  • Memory optimizations – Enhanced support and optimizations for memory intensive apps
  • OpenGL 4.5 support
  • Localization improvements

This is a pretty decent update to the Shield Tablet, and it’s nice to see NVIDIA throw in some of their own enhancements in a timely fashion. The update should be rolling out soon, so head to your Settings menu to check!

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