NVIDIA announced at its website the release of open-source materials and the recovery image of the Shield. This makes it easier for Android developers to create custom ROMs for the device. They will be able to experiment with it by creating custom kernels and custom recoveries. If a factory state of the device is needed then the recovery image will help in this.
For those unfamiliar with the Shield it is a portable Android gaming device that uses an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and comes with a full sized game controller. Consumers who are serious Android gamers should consider getting this device as this is one of the best platforms to enjoy playing games.
As of now the customization scene for the Shield is still at an early stage with only a few people involved. The release of the open source materials and recovery image may spark the interest of other Android developers to work on this device.
Some of the best reasons to develop for Shield are
- World-class Tegra 4 development platform
- Console-quality development tools
- 100% stock Android OS
- The ultimate Android gaming experience
- Stream games from GeForce GTX-powered PC
NVIDIA Shield Technical Specifications
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 5 inch 1280×720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Flash Memory
- Integrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
- 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 3.0
If you are interested in the source code or factory image of this device then check it out at the company website now.