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Shield Tablet and Tablet K1 set to receive Android Marshmallow in the coming months

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will first arrive to NVIDIA's Shield Tablet K1 in time for the holidays, with the original Shield Tablet set to receive the update sometime thereafter.

Published onNovember 17, 2015


Today NVIDIA brought the Shield Tablet back to stores as the Tablet K1, a few minor changes in tow. Alongside this announcement, NVIDIA had also revealed that it eventually plans to bring Marshmallow to both SHIELD Tablet models.

While the Shield Tablet K1 launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, NVIDIA said that Android 6.0 would be coming in a matter of months. Unfortunately, original Shield owners won’t see the update as quickly. NVIDIA hopes to have the update to Android 6.0 ahead of the holidays for the Tablet K1, but the original Shield doesn’t have a strict timeframe in mind. That means it is totally conceivable that the original tablet won’t end up getting Marshmallow lovin’ until early 2016.


Considering both tablets are nearly identical, it seems a bit silly that NVIDIA couldn’t prepare a simultaneous rollout, but beggars can’t be choosers. Considering the original SHIELD Tablet started with KitKat, NVIDIA has actually done a pretty impressive job at keeping its gaming tablet up to date.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow - New features explained

Probably the biggest reason to be excited about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is that the latest version of Android plays better with microSD cards than Lollipop, and considering there’s only 16GB storage on the new K1, a microSD card is pretty much a must-have if you plan to use the tablet to its full potential. Extras like Doze could also come in handy.