Less than a week ago, Nvidia promised to release Lollipop for its Tegra K1-powered Shield Tablet on November 18th. Now, right on time, the update has started rolling out to users in North America.
The Shield Tablet is among the first devices to get updated to Android 5.0 and is only the second tablet to run Lollipop following the release of Google’s own Nexus 9 (which is also based on the 64-bit Tegra K1).
Nvidia has coordinated the roll-out of Lollipop to coincide with the launch of Grid, its new on-demand gaming streaming service that is free for Shield users until June of next year. Grid currently offers 20 games (with regular Tuesday updates bringing more) and Canadian users on the Nvidia forums report that the service, with its servers in Northern California, works well from their cold perch up north. The service requires a minimum 10 Mbps connection with maximum 60 ms of ping.