Original NVIDIA SHIELD receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow today

Those with an OG version of the NVIDIA SHIELD can enjoy everything Android 6.0 Marshmallow has to offer.


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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    February 1, 2016 12:35 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Original NVIDIA SHIELD receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow today

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      February 1, 2016 12:46 PM

      Isn't the original Nvidia shield the handheld not the tablet?

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        February 1, 2016 1:04 PM

        I thought the tablet came first

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          February 1, 2016 1:06 PM

          Handheld Release date July 31, 2013
          Tablet Release Date July 29, 2014

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            February 1, 2016 1:09 PM

            Wow 2013? Man.

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              February 1, 2016 1:26 PM

              Yup, that's when me and both the other people got theirs.

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                February 1, 2016 1:27 PM

                Its getting better support than my late 2014 moto x is!

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                  February 1, 2016 2:04 PM

                  Yup. The very example of what's wrong with the fragmentation of the UI/Ecosystem. I bet just porting it to the various hardware specs isn't too terrible, but refitting touchwiz, et all, is a whole other beast.

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                February 1, 2016 4:46 PM


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          February 1, 2016 1:07 PM

          Handheld came first far as I remember

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        February 1, 2016 1:07 PM

        There was the Shield Portable, then Shield Tablet

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        February 1, 2016 1:28 PM

        The original tablet. Not the K1 tablet

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          February 1, 2016 1:31 PM

          Same thing, "In November 2015, the tablet was renamed Shield Tablet K1 and the price was reduced to $200"


          Maybe I' missing something but I remember the portable coming out first and I can't seem to find a record of anything else from earlier.

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            February 1, 2016 1:33 PM

            You ain't wrong on the portable.

            The tablets aren't the same. They aren't on the same software cycle.

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      February 1, 2016 1:27 PM

      Cool. Time to go hit "update" on mine.

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        February 2, 2016 4:41 AM

        Not cool: The Marshmallow update stripped out all support for Microsoft Exchange. What the fuck.

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      February 1, 2016 1:32 PM


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      February 1, 2016 3:19 PM

      What's weird to me is that right now he original Shield sounds like a great idea and something I'd like to buy, except they discontinued them and don't make them anymore.

      Now they have the tablet and I just have to wonder - how many people want to carry a tablet around and then set it up and have a separate controller? It seems like something that would be neat once or twice but ultimately not something you'd want to do often.

      Back when the original Shield was out I remember thinking it was neat but I had way more things that the $250 would be good for. Maybe if they had stuck it out for longer it would have been an eventual hit.

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        February 1, 2016 5:13 PM


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          February 1, 2016 7:05 PM

          Yeah, I totally agree with you. There's a first time for everything :)

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        February 1, 2016 7:06 PM


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          February 1, 2016 7:11 PM

          lol thanks. I hadn't even realized they were using it until someone randomly messaged me on Twitter if I had put it up on github yet :)

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      February 1, 2016 3:58 PM

      Fucking finally! I being waiting for this update to kick in!

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        February 1, 2016 10:37 PM

        Well, I installed the update, so far is good, tablet is kinda laggy but is ok. Noticed that now, when I restart the tablet it doesn't get stuck in the Nvidia screen, now it boots fine.

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      February 1, 2016 4:06 PM

      Useful update, but does it fix the laggy response?

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      February 1, 2016 7:03 PM

      There was also an update for the new k1 tablet. It has become unusable since the 6.0 update to the point amazon Germany stopped selling it. Horrible battery problems.

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      February 1, 2016 7:04 PM

      Interesting. I've read a bunch of threads of ppl complaining that the MM update killed the battery on the K1. It's what's holding me back from picking up one.

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      February 1, 2016 11:02 PM

      Man after I saw what the shield portable can do, I kinda want one now, but they are like over $300 online for a used one, I used to walk into Frys and see them on the shelf for $199 new :/

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