Nvidia pulls Wi-Fi killing Shield Tablet Android 6.0 update

February 4, 2016 | 11:54

Tags: #android-60 #android-60-marshmallow #marshmallow #nvidia-shield #project-shield #recall #shield #shield-pro #shield-tablet #shield-tablet-k1

Companies: #google #nvidia

Nvidia is continuing to run into problems with its gaming-centric Shield Tablet, having to take its Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade offline following reports of Wi-Fi connectivity problems.

The Shield Tablet was unveiled back in July 2014 as a more traditionally-shaped successor to the original Shield. In keeping with tradition for the project, which was delayed by mechanical failure, the successive Shield launches have all had their own problems. In August 2015 the company announced a recall over a potential fire hazard from the battery, which hurt the company's bottom line. This was followed by a batch of faulty hard drives in its Shield Pro range, while weak sales of the Shield Tablet led to the launch of a accessory-free, cheaper revision of the Shield Tablet in November.

Now, trouble has struck the project yet again with Nvidia having botched the upgrade to Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Released earlier this week, the upgrade brings the tablet bang up-to-date - but, in doing so, has caused users' Wi-Fi connections to drop out. As a result, Nvidia has temporarily pulled the over-the-air (OTA) update until it can determine the cause of the problem and issue a fixed release - a move which will come as little comfort to those who have already installed the upgrade.

Those needing help on restoring Wi-Fi connectivity to their tablet can find troubleshooting steps in the GeForce Forum here.
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