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
16GB Flash Memory
Integrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi
If you are interested in the source code or factory image of this device then check it out at the company website now.