Wow, this one caught me by complete surprise. LineageOS – an alternative free and open-source operating system for mobile devices – have just officially released version 15.1 of their OS for the NVidia Shield Tablet K1.

LineageOS is a fork of the once-popular CyanogenMod and version 15.1 of the OS is based on Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1
Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

The Shield K1 is – in my opinion – one of the best Android tablets available. Released in mid-2015, the K1’s system-on-a-chip (SoC) is the predecessor to the X1 SoC found in the Nintendo Switch. It’s really very powerful for a small tablet and makes the K1 a really fantastic gaming device.

Nvidia K1 SoC
Nvidia K1 SoC

The reason why LineageOS releasing a new version of their OS for this tablet is important and noteworthy is because Nvidia discontinued this tablet in mid-2018 and the final version of their software was extremely buggy. Many owners of the K1 suffered serious device problems, such as charging issues and highly-degraded battery performance. Remedies to these issues were never made available to the end user and the software situation left many people’s devices in an unusable state.

Now, with LineageOS, owners of the K1 (myself included), can breath new life into their devices.

Thank you LineageOS, and thank you to all the contributors to the amazing LineageOS project, for your continued support of these older devices. It really is a true gift.

Direct download link to LineageOS 15.1 for Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet: here