Original NVIDIA SHIELD receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow today

NVIDIA has announced Android 6.0 Marshmallow has officially arrived on the original SHIELD tablet.

Today’s update offers a similar experience to what SHIELD tablet K1 owners received a little over a month ago, which includes a new NVIDIA SHIELD camera, new adaptable storage, and improvements to both power consumption and its user interface.

The OTA upgrade will first be available for Wi-Fi versions globally with International LTE versions also receiving the update. US LTE tablet will begin to receive the update in the near future.

Here’s a full rundown of everything the update has to offer:


  • New UI inspired by Material Design, improved burst photo functionality
  • Adds new real-time HD Image Effects

Now on Tap

  • Quickly find information related to what you are seeing on the screen, also from inside an app

New Adoptable Storage

  • MicroSD cards can be integrated with main internal storage, auto managed by system

User Interface Upgrades

  • Personalize Home & Lock screens with different wallpapers, new NVIDIA wallpapers
  • Personalize Quick Settings menu, add/remove, rearrange toggles
  • Google Now voice commands can be launched from lock screen

Improved App Permissions

  • Permissions are now managed centrally

Power Consumption

  • App Standby power improvements
  • New App Optimization feature
  • Improved BT Low Energy scanning power efficiency

System wide improvements including

  • Monitor Memory Usage with detailed usage of each app
  • Improvements to WiFi Connectivity
  • Optimized preloaded apps
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level January 2016
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