NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update dated

Chris Davies - Nov 13, 2014, 8:00 am CDT
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NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update dated

NVIDIA has announced its Lollipop upgrade plans for the SHIELD Tablet, with Android 5.0 expected to hit the gaming-centric slate on Tuesday, November 18th. The upgrade, promised earlier this month, will bring Material Design to the Tegra K1 powered tablet, but also a new version of NVIDIA’s own Dabbler art app. That will not only get a makeover to fit Lollipop’s new interface style, but several new features too. Finally, there’s a new bundle offer which will include Half-Life 2: Episode One, freshly ported by Valve and NVIDIA to mobile.

For instance, NVIDIA told us, one of the most commonly-requested features from SHIELD Tablet owners is that Dabbler support layers. That’s being introduced alongside Android 5.0, with Dabbler 2.0 having the same sort of multi-layer editing as you’d expect in Photoshop or other art apps.

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There’ll also be templates, which can be resized and rotated before being sketched in.

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Finally, keen artists will be able to share their painting or drawing processes over Twitch. While the streaming service is better known for sharing video play – in fact, the SHIELD Tablet launched with support for broadcasting gameplay – it’s being repurposed in Dabbler as a way to show others how you construct works of art.

Meanwhile, Valve’s Half-Life 2: Episode One has been optimized for Tegra K1 and Android, and is launching as an exclusive to SHIELD Tablet.

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It’ll be sold as a download for existing owners; however, those new to the platform will be able to get it as part of a three-title bundle. Along with Half-Life 2 and Portal, it will be included with the 32GB, LTE version of the SHIELD Tablet as the “Green Box” set.

SHIELD Tablet is also getting OddWorld: Stranger’s Wrath, Pure Pool, and Strike Suit Zero, all distributed through Google Play.



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