Android Marshmallow has been out for over a year now, but owners of the LTE model of the Nvidia Shield Tablet can rejoice- you’re finally getting Marshmallow 6.0.1. The update has already been applied to the Shield K1 and the WiFi Shield Tablet, but Nvidia promised that the LTE model would get it soon, and they’ve made good on their word, at least for US citizens that is.
The biggest thing to note about the Marshmallow update is that, on top of the tweaks that Google placed into the software, Nvidia added in a few special changes of their own. The LTE Shield Tablet now has full support of the Vulkan Graphics API, a new 3D computing API. The new Vulkan API will give better access to Shield’s graphics hardware to provide an overall better gaming experience than what was possible before.
Some of the other updates for the Shield, per Nvidia’s official blog, include:
- Updated Emojis
- Better button layout in landscape mode
- Fixed compass issues
- Shifted Lasso Capture icons
- Fixed Gamepad mapper issues
- Fixed SD card app issues
- Android Doze support
- Doom 3 HDMI-out fix
- USB MIDI support
- Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
- Various performance and functionality fixes
If you haven’t yet updated your Shield Tablet, now would be a good time to do so. No problems with the software have been reported, and it makes an already great tablet even better. Do you like the Marshmallow update for the Shield? Does the Vulkan support enhance your gaming experience? We want to know! Give us a shout out down in the comments below!