Nividia has rolled out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for Shield Tablet users. However, at the same time, the company has recalled certain Shield Tablet devices in order to prevent a possible battery fire hazard.
According to CNET, Nvidia is recalling all the Tablet Shield devices featuring Y01 type batteries that were purchased between July 2014 and July 2015. The reason is that the battery of the device, which is known to overheat quickly, can cause a fire hazard.
In the U.S., Nvidia has recalled 83,000 sold tablets and in Canada, it has recalled 5,000 sold units. Nvidia has decided on the recall when it received four complaints that batteries were overheating. The company has alerted its customers not to use recalled tablets. Users have also been advised to back up their data and fill out an online form to get a replacement unit.
To find out whether a Shield Tablet is susceptible to fire hazard, users are must navigate to Settings > About Tablet > Status to see the model number of the battery. Nvidia is recalling all Shield Tablet devices that feature Y01 batteries, but the ones with B01 batteries are not recalled.
While users of affected models are required to file a replacement, owners of unaffected units can go ahead and install the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. The new firmware brings the Software Upgrade 3.1 for the Shield Tablet users.
According to Android Central, the 5.1.1 OTA Lollipop update not only brings its new features and performance enhancements but also brings a fix for an ongoing screeching audio issue while starting certain games. The size of the update is 767 MB. Users are recommended to use a Wi-Fi connection to install the OTA update. In order to successfully install the new build, the device should have at least 50 percent of battery power.
The news about Android 5.1.1 Lollipop had first begun in April this year. At that time, the update was expected to arrive within few weeks. However, it has been made available now. Since it is being rolled out in phases, it would take more time for all users to receive the update.