NVIDIA sent out the very first Android Marshmallow update for the SHIELD Tablet last year. After releasing said update for the SHIELD K1 it said that the original SHIELD tablet is going to get the update early next year. As promised, it did release the update but for the Wi-Fi only model. It has taken more time to get it ready for the LTE version and today the LTE NVIDIA Shield finally gets its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update over-the-air.
This update weighs in at under 750MB and it bumps up the tablet from Android 5.1 Lollipop straight to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The release was delayed because this is the LTE variant and that required carrier certification before the update can be rolled out.
The update adds all of the changes that Android 6.0.1 brings, aside from support for the new Vulkan API for better access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware.
It also repositions navigation buttons in landscape mode and updates emojis. Users can now double tap on the power button to launch the SHIELD camera app. USB MIDI support has been added along with support for Android Doze mode and additional power optimizations.
Memory compression enhancement is included in this update as it improved Wi-Fi connectivity when waking from sleep. Bug fixes include a fix for compass, gamepad mapper, issues with moving apps to SD card and also for the Doom 3 HDMI output issue.