NVIDIA has just released a sizable update for the original Shield Tablet that brings a number of bug fixes, new features, security enhancements and much more.

The biggest news here is that the Shield Tablet now supports the new Vulkan API that will give it better access to Shield’s graphics hardware to provide an overall better gaming experience. Also, the Shield Tablet is getting a software bump up to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with repositioned navigation buttons in landscape mode, new emoji, and a new shortcut that lets you launch the camera app with a quick double tap of the power button.

Also, it appears NVIDIA has fixed some HDMI output issues with Doom 3, Gamepad Mapper issues, Compass functionality, as well as issues with moving apps to the SD card.

There are many more changes in this update, so check out the changelog below for all the details:

  • Supports the new Vulkan API for high-efficiency access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware
  • Adds Android 6.0.1 changes
    • Repositioned Navigation Buttons in Landscape mode & Updated Emoji
    • Double Tap Power Button to launch SHIELD Camera app
    • Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
  • Support for Android Doze mode & additional power optimizations
  • Adds USB MIDI support
  • Adds memory compression enhancement
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity when waking from sleep
  • Fixed Compass functionality
  • Fixed Gamepad Mapper issues
  • Fixed issues with moving apps to SD card
  • Fixed Doom 3 HDMI output issue
  • Repositioned Lasso Capture icons in landscape mode
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level March 1, 2016
  • Overall stability and security enhancements

The update should now be available for your device. If you still haven’t received a notification, head to your Settings menu to check for it manually.

Have you received this update yet? If so, how are you liking it? Sound off in the comments.

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