The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.

Remote GameStream works, as far as the user is concerned, the same was as standard GameStream. Except instead of streaming games from your PC over your home Wi-Fi network, you're instead able to stream them over the internet to your Shield. Remote GameStream also supports Wake on LAN so you can remotely turn on your computer and enter your password through the Shield.

Previously only NVIDIA GeForce GTX-equipped desktop PCs were compatible with GameStream, but with the April Shield update you can add GTX 600M, GTX 700M, and GTX 800M laptops to the compatibility list and cover all of your mobile gaming bases.

The full April shield update feature list follows.

April SHIELD Software Upgrade Features

  • Remote GameStream Beta
  • Notebook Support Beta
  • Console Mode: Now Keyboard & Mouse Compatible
  • Gamepad Mapper Improvements
  • New TegraZone
  • Android 4.4.2 "KitKat"
  • GameStream Quality Controls
  • Multi-PC Pairing
  • 1080p Console Mode Battery Charging

Source: NVIDIA

 

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NVIDIA Shield April software update released with new features

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Nice! I've wanted a shield since the day it came out, lack of funds say otherwise though. Nice to see nvidia supporting it with updates

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If and when you get one, make sure you upgrade your router to a 5ghz router thats able to handle HD streaming. Im running mine over a 2.4ghz and its playable but i have had those BAD days were there was a lot of interference. i love it cause i can play FFXIV outside in the back yard while the kids play.

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AC gets lots of links from around the 'net as the "defacto" source for all things Android. Phil, Jerry and the guys should be proud. Mobile Nations really is one of the best (if not "the" best) sources for information on *all* things mobile.

I bought a Shield a couple weeks ago for $199.00 I don't use it a whole bunch but still think it was a great price for what you get. Its a solid quality built device, I was a little surprised at how heavy it was when I first picked it up.
I've been playing TitanFall on my couch streaming from PC it usually works flawlessly using 5ghz wireless, I prefer keyboard and mouse for controls but a game of Last Titan Standing is easy to play just wish screen was a little bit bigger.
Going to test out the Kitkat update tonight, looking forward to remote steaming from PC option. Just gets better and better.

The update is a kinda crap. My battery life has gone down the toilet and the reworked SD card permissions are a bit gay. That being said, the full screen mode is now immersive mode but everywhere which is kinda cool and the Tegra Zone app has been greatly improved. Overall, I'm honestly kinda regretting the update but I'm sure I'll get used to the negatives eventually...

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If you have root, re-enabling full SDCard write capability is actually *really* easy:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2617921

(I am, of course, assuming the Shield has been rooted)

EDIT: Keep in mind, though, that this new SDCard handling is actually a *security* feature and by disabling it you are potentially leaving the door open for malicious apps to do things they should not be able to do. The onus is then on you to be cautious about what apps you install.