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The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 will not get Oreo

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Android tablet for gamers will not receive Android Oreo
NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Android tablet for gamers
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 has been around long enough to move from Lollipop to Marshmallow and then to Nougat. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that this slate for gamers will not get an official Oreo update.

The original Nvidia Shield Tablet arrived back in July 2014 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat onboard. Since then, this 8-inch Tegra K1-powered slate for gamers received quite a few solid software updates. After moving to Android 5.0 and Android 5.1, the Shield Tablet had its software updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Earlier this year, it also received Android Nougat. The slightly updated Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 that arrived in November 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop onboard received the same treatment, so now both slates are stuck with a Nougat-based firmware.

Sadly, Nvidia's Manuel Guzman, who is in charge of software quality, has unveiled that both Shield tablets released by the company so far will not get Android 8.0 Oreo. When asked about the update for the Shield Tablet K1 by a Twitter user, he replied: "We will be providing an update soon for the SHIELD Tablet K1 based on Android N. Android O is not coming to the ST/ST K1."

Although the original Shield Tablet is about three years old, its specs are still pretty good for 2017 - the powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, an 8-inch LCD touchscreen display with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The same can be said about the Tegra K1 model, so it is only a matter of time until their users will be able to download and install unofficial ROMs based on Android 8.0 Oreo. On the other hand, those not adventurous enough to use such software will keep receiving Google's security patches for the Nougat-based firmware of the Nvidia Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1 "for the foreseeable future," promised Guzman.


Manuel Guzman (on Twitter)

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-10-16 (Update: 2017-10-16)