Official: There will be no Android 8.0 Oreo updates for NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Tablet K1

Nvidia probably thinks there aren't enough Shield Tablet or Tablet K1 units out there to worth pouring some resources into upgrading them to Android 8.0 Oreo. Or maybe, the fact that both tablets were launched more than two years ago weighed heavily on Nvidia's decision.

Either way, the fact remains that Nvidia Shield Tablet and Tablet K1 will not be getting Android Oreo updates. On the bright side, Nvidia confirmed that the Shield Tablet K1 will receive another important update based on Android Nougat.

Most smartphone companies are making sure that their high-profile products are getting major Android OS updates for about two years since launch. Given that Nvidia Shield Tablet made its debut on the market in Q3 2014, while the Tablet K1 went on sale in November 2015, it makes sense for Nvidia to not pursue any major Android updates for these tablets.

Not saying that this was unexpected but it's quite sad to see decent products losing software support due to time. Well, at least you'll always have the games to keep you entertained, right?

source: Manuel Guzman (Twitter) via Droid-life



1. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Updates are the main point where Apple leaves behind android in dust


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Unless your pixel then the lead isn't too far. I really hope for new Nexus player or rebrand to Pixel player. Cause shield tv update to Oreo doesn't seem to be happening.

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Yeah. They are trying to become Apple

8. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Pixel will get support for about as long as most other brands. Google so far hasn't really done better than the average oem when it comes to that

11. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Then do explain why my Galaxy Nexus didn't even get Kitkat. Who guarantees that the same won't happen with Pixel?

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Well dam. Shield tablet had quite the run w/the updates. Hopefully a Shield Tablet 2 comes out with Volta SoC or something. That would be special

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

probably unlikely due to their Nintendo partnership but I hope so because i'd buy one

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

I don't think Nvidia would agree to that term in the partnership.. opposite actually is much more likely because they can just make a Switch 2 with Volta SoC in same form factor, making upgradeablity for those very easy Nvidia dictates future SoCs for Nintendo if they wanna use Nvidia SoCs Volta SoC with even better power efficiency would be a massive leap from the X1 SoC in current Switch. but Switch 2 will have something post Volta imo

7. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Most likely won't happen since nvidia wanted to release a K2 almost 2 years ago but they said the demand wasn't large enough

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Not saying that this was unexpected but it's quite sad to see decent products losing software support due to time" Not software support, they just losing major android update. I guess they still get monthly security updates and bugfixes

10. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017


12. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 746; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

It's about damn time for Nvidia to release a new shield tablet! Otherwise, remove it from the nvidia store!

13. middleup

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

As a Shield tab user there are too many problems with this tablet now 1. Too buggy-Really outdated hardware and only 2GB of ram? It can't even run Snapchat properly, always saying camera app is not working, reboot the device. And when I had to updated from Playstore, I had to individually update every apps because if I press update all, it would freeze and won't do anything. Seriously? 2. Really bad battery, even with latest Android software. I got my device recalled once because it says the model I bought has faulty battery and can lead to fire hazard. After I got the new tablet, I haven't used it for 1 year or so. I charged up months ago, and decided to give it a try. It overheated too much, drained battery like there is no tomorrow. I had to charge this every day, and eventually I gave up because I was too fed up with this. So I had to say update to Oreo won't do much to this device. It's already dead(it's over 3 years since it''s latest release), since hardware can't keep up with current apps :/

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

The shield tablet is pretty old, I'm more surprised they still updating it at all.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wonder if the Shield TV will get oreo. Still enjoying both shield tablets, guess I'll install DU on both of them now

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