While Nvidia may have already confirmed that the ageing Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1 will not be updated to Android Oreo, they have not left the devices out to dry in the cold; as was confirmed by an Nvidia employee a few days ago. They are now rolling out an update to the pair of the Android tablets with some critical security patches – meaning if you haven't already gotten a notification for this update, you probably want to grab it ASAP.
The updates include Android security patches through to November 2017, which in themselves fix many remote code execution vulnerabilities present within the OS. Aside from that, the patches include fixes for two large-scale Android security vulnerabilities; both this summer's BroadPwn scare on Broadcom based WiFi chips (read; probably the one in your phone or laptop) and the KRACK WPA security flaw that was exposed a few weeks ago. Aside from that, some overall system stability and security optimisations are included, alongside an improvement in connectivity with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards; s if you use one of those, good for you.
While these updates are nowhere near as momentous as say, an Android OS update, they are substantial and we're happy to see Nvidia providing long term security support for older devices (the original Shield tablet is nearly 4 years old).
What do you guys think? Are you happy to see Nvidia bucking the trend of not supporting older hardware? Do you think they'll keep doing so? Let us know in the comments or post over in the forums with your thoughts.