When Marshmallow rolled out for NVIDIA Shield Tablets earlier this month, that thunderous roar you heard was the sound of thousands of NVIDIA Shield Android TV owners tapping their feet impatiently and checking their watches. In spite of an initial hiccup that left many tablet owner dead in the water when it came to wifi connectivity, the rollout to the Shield Tablet is complete, and NVIDIA set their sights on Android TV users to receive the next marshmallowy blessing.
To upgrade, simply boot up your device. A pop up dialogue should appear that asks if you want to install Experience Upgrade 3.0, and part and parcel with this upgrade is the OS update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. You’ll also receive a handful of UI updates that make navigating your Android TV a much cleaner, smoother experience.
Probably the first thing you’ll notice that’s different about Marshmallow is the live Permissions feature, which lets you determine which Permissions each app has access to as the app requests it. You’ll now also be able to setup your account using only your voice, which is a pretty slick addition. In terms of UI, a handy menu on the left makes swapping between apps and accounts much more natural, and the categories for browsing content have been made much more logical and navigable.
This update also brings Vulkan API support to the Shield TV, but currently the only things you can really run with this API are demos showcasing how much better it handles graphics than existing APIs. However, we expect more Vulkan-powered content to start arriving on Shield devices over the course of 2016.
All in all, the hop to Marshmallow for the Shield TV is more of spring cleaning than an overhaul. The interface you know and love is still right there in front of you, it’s just been decluttered and tidied up a bit. Power up your device to grab the update today.