The original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is now receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow


The newer NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 received Android 6.0.1 only a month ago and today that update is finally headed to the OG tablet model. Owners of the original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet will be happy to know that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is now officially rolling out for the device, bringing with it all those wonderful features like support for the new Vulkan graphics API — a performance boost gamers are sure to appreciate.

This isn’t the first taste of Marshmallow for the tablet. Back in February, the tablet received the first initial release of Marshmallow (SHIELD Tablet Upgrade 4.0), otherwise known as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. So really, there’s not too much new here, but users should find the new Vulkan API and bug fixes all welcome changes. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Supports the new Vulkan API for high-efficiency access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware
  • Adds Android 6.0.1 changes:
    – Repositioned Navigation Buttons in Landscape mode & Updated Emojis
    – Double Tap Power Button to launch SHIELD Camera app
    – Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
  • Support for Android Doze mode & additional power optimizations
  • Adds USB MIDI support
  • Adds memory compression enhancement
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity when waking from sleep
  • Fixed Compass functionality
  • Fixed Gamepad Mapper issues
  • Fixed issues with moving apps to SD card
  • Fixed Doom 3 HDMI output issue
  • Repositioned Lasso Capture icons in landscape mode
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level March 1, 2016
  • Overall stability and security enhancements

To see the Vulkan API in action on the Galaxy S7, check out the video down below.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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