Marshmallow hits NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

by: John DyeDecember 21, 2015

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Shield Tablet K1 owners rejoice! Marshmallow is finally available on your favorite NVIDIA tablet. NVIDIA had promised that Android 6.0 Marshmallow would be arriving on the device before New Year’s, and today they’ve made good on that promise.

At its core, Marshmallow is more an array of tweaks and improvements on Lollipop than it is an overhaul. Marshmallow’s UI streamlines a lot of Android’s basic functions, and the update offers a set of features that are designed to improve battery life on devices across the board: good news for Shield Tablet K1 power users.

shield wireless controller aa (6 of 8)See also: NVIDIA Shield Tablet Review (Update: back in stock as Tablet K1)11

However, the thing that has most users excited about Marshmallow is Google’s Now on Tap function. Now on Tap expands on Google Now, an Android feature that brought a whole new deck of cards to the table back in KitKat. The location and context-sensitive launcher provides users with information and shortcuts before they even ask for it.

Google Now on Tap makes this functionality even more relevant by finding content and anticipating your needs based on which app and what information is currently on the screen. For instance, if you’re reading an article about Kevin Bacon, launching Google Now on Tap might show you some more information about Kevin Bacon.

If you’re ready to update to Marshmallow on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1, head over to Settings > About > Check for Updates. Once you’re updated, be sure to come back around to gloat about your new Marshmallowy operating system.

Are you a Shield Tablet K1 owner? Are you the owner of a different tablet, and you’re still stuck waiting around for Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Hotbod Handsomeface

    Pfft. Bring on the Shield Tablet X1 with Marshmallow, and make the bootloader unlockable. Then I will be impressed.

    • MrMagoo

      It’s called the Pixel C unfortunately. Would love to see a Shield Version.

  • MrMagoo

    Got my update in the Notifications bar as we speak :-)

  • Gilad Kingsley

    I didn’t get marshmallow (in Israel)