Nvidia has informed early adopters of its first tablet, the Tegra Note 7, that there is an update that brings Android 4.3 and camera upgrades. For some users it should be available right now, but in our case we will have to wait a bit longer. Nvidia has shared that the updated comes globally to all partner devices including EVGA, ADVENT, Gigabyte, Shenzhen Homecare Technology, ZOTAC and XOLO.
The Android operating system is getting updated from 4.2.2 to 4.3 and Nvidia is working on a 4.4 version as we speak. Nvidia specific changes include enhanced Tegra Note stylus experience, including support for Ned Flanders (Left handed users Ed.) and improvements in overall response. Nvidia also added a DirectStylus help option under device settings menu, a stylus removal and insert notification on the notification bar, and given users the ability to capture the notification bar with full-screen capture.
The widely advertised Chimera camera computational technology is finally there. It is not that impressive given the fact it took Nvidia almost a year from the CES 2013 January 7th demonstration to December 26th to ship the software technology. Chimera enables cool always-on high-dynamic range (AOHDR) support providing better images in a challenging lighting. Nvidia also added video stabilization for shake-free video, in addition to tuning and optimizations to improve camera performance under certain lighting conditions. We were looking forward to try this one, as it is a quite unique feature that shipped too late in 2013 to make any difference.
You can finally transfer your apps to an external microSD card without a third-party app and Nvidia promises that the update should be available over the air right now. Go to settings/about tablet/system update/check now to see if you already have it available.
Tegra Note 7 Android 4.3 MR2 update GMS is the official name and this OTA update weights rather hefty 389 MB.
As you can see from user comments on Nvidia’s blog it turns out that US users got the update, but some of the UK Advent Note 7 users are still on hold.