It was only yesterday that NVIDIA announced it was rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the original Shield tablet several weeks after the same update was released for the Shield Tablet K1. Naturally users were excited to finally receive the much awaited software update but it turns out they will have to wait some more because NVIDIA has officially halted the release due to a problem with the update.
NVIDIA has halted the roll out so that it can investigate an issue with the release that might cause Wi-Fi to stop functioning on the tablet. A post on its official forums by a customer care representative confirms that this is the issue NVIDIA is investigating.
Wi-Fi only tablets obviously rely on Wi-Fi only for all connectivity needs and if that stops working then it all goes downhill from there. Other posts on the thread reveal that the update might be setting the MAC address on some devices to 02:00:00:00:00:00:00 and since there’s no method for users to fix this, NVIDIA has to take a look and possibly release a fix.
Some users report that a factory reset gets Wi-Fi working for them again while some suggest that restarting the tablet or merely shutting it off for a few hours does the trick as well. Nevertheless, NVIDIA will look into the issue and will only start rolling out Marshmallow for the original Shield tablet when it’s convinced that this is no longer going to be a problem.