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Marshmallow Update For NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Is Now Available, Changelog Published

While a video published last week teased it, NVIDIA's new (kind of) Shield Tablet K1 officially made its Marshmallow debut today - the update is available right now. NVIDIA just published an announcement on its forums, from which we've excerpted the changelog you see below.

This update for SHIELD Tablet K1 upgrades the Operating System to Android version 6.0

NVIDIA SHIELD Camera

  • New UI inspired by Material Design, improved burst photo functionality
  • Adds new real-time HD Image Effects

Now on Tap

  • Quickly find information related to what you are seeing on the screen, also from inside an app

Adoptable Storage
MicroSD cards can be integrated with main internal storage, auto managed by system

User Interface Upgrades

  • Personalize Home & Lock screens with different wallpapers, new NVIDIA wallpapers
  • Personalize Quick Settings menu, add/remove, rearrange toggles
  • Google Now voice commands can be launched from lock screen

Improved App Permissions

  • Permissions are now managed centrally

Power Consumption

  • App Standby power improvements
  • Improved BT Low Energy scanning power efficiency

System wide improvements including

  • Monitor Memory Usage with detailed usage of each app
  • Optimized preloaded apps
  • Adds Fallout Shelter game

IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY USING A MICROSD CARD IN THIS SHIELD TABLET: In Android 6.0 there are changes to how expanded storage works.

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[Deal Alert] The 32GB Motorola Nexus 6 Is Just $250 On Amazon, $300 For 64GB Version

We've been seeing some fantastic prices on last year's Nexus phone leading up to and following the launch of the 2015 devices. This is almost the cheapest yet: $249.99 gets you the Nexus 6, which is still very much a powerful and desirable phone, from Amazon. This is a new device, with the stock 32GB of storage and either the blue or white color option, plus a standard warranty. It's a full $400 off of the retail price at which the Nexus 6 launched a little over a year ago.

If you need a little more storage, the 64GB model is also available at $299.99, though at the moment it's only being sold in the white version.

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CyanogenMod Adds Official Nightly Support For The LG G3 S, G3 Beat, G2 Mini, And Optimus L70

The CyanogenMod Team continues to expand its list of officially-supported devices, and now the LG section of said list is longer by four entries. Yesterday the CM servers started spitting out nightly builds for the LG G3 S, the LG G3 Beat, The LG G2 Mini, and the LG Optimus L70 smartphones. All of them are CyanogenMod 13 (Android 6.0), and they're all available for download and flashing right now. At the time of writing three of them have two nightly builds, while the G2 Mini has only one.

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The Gold Nexus 6P, Exclusive To Japan At Launch, Is Coming To Indian Retailer Flipkart On December 21st

When the details of the Nexus 6P started to leak, several colors were spotted: aluminum, white, black, and gold. As it turns out, the gold-colored version was exclusive to the Japanese market. We never found out why the gold phone isn't available elsewhere - a gold option has been popular for flagship phones across most major manufacturers for several years now. Whatever the reason, customers in India will soon have a crack at the gold Nexus 6P, courtesy of online retailer Flipkart.

Manufacturer Huawei posted a teaser for the gold-colored 6P on its Facebook page, which indicates that it will be exclusive to Flipkart in the region.

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The Sprint LG G4 Starts Getting An Update To Android 6.0 Marshmallow

When Google released the Marshmallow source code, many manufacturers were quick to jump on the news and start announcing updates to their flagships. In mid-October, LG started rolling out the android OTA in Poland first as a test, with promises to expand to other countries and operators later.

Now that update is ready for the US and Sprint is the first operator to get it. On its support page for the device, Sprint says the update was available yesterday, December 17th. It's rolling out as software version LS991ZV9 with Marshmallow and Sprint Global Roaming. There'll be a lot waiting for you when you jump from Lollipop 5.1 to Marshmallow 6.0, including app permissions, the new floating text selection toolbar with options to expand it through Google Translate or Wikipedia, better external storage integration that should be handy with the G4's MicroSD slot, and so much more.

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Fleksy Keyboard Partners With ZTE, Will Come Preinstalled On The Company's Devices

Partnerships between keyboard makers and smartphone manufacturers aren't new — we all remember when Samsung started using Swype's technology on its keyboard a few years ago. So it isn't a surprise to see Fleksy striking a deal with an OEM of its own, as a way to extend its reach and installation base and as a benefit to the manufacturer who won't have to waste time and resources trying to develop a fast and reliable input method.

The deal in question is with Chinese manufacturer ZTE who will start bundling Fleksy with its smartphones. This includes Fleksy's fast keyboard and correction engine as well as its recently added rich content (GIFs, stickers, and emojis) and customization features (keyboard photos, colors, and effects).

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[Deal Alert] Asus ZenPad S Drops Even Lower On Amazon, Now $249 (64GB) And $159 (32GB)

The Asus ZenPad S is a nice little tablet with a great 4:3 display. It launched at the downright reasonable price of $299 for the premium version and 199 for the lower-specced one. After dropping $30 from the price last week, Amazon is now selling the ZenPads for $40-50 off.

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Sundar Pichai Says Google Might Conduct An Online Poll To Name Android Version N

Sundar Pichai, lately the CEO of Google and a huge figure in the world of Android, is apparently considering the advice of his dear mother when it comes time to name the next release of Android. That's according to a question and answer session Pichai gave at Delhi University, where topics such as football (soccer) and cricket were also broached. But he won't be considering his mother's input alone.

If Pichai is a notable figure for Android enthusiasts, he's a positive celebrity for tech fans in his home country. During the packed session at the University's Sri Ram College of Commerce, he endeavored to answer every question he could, both from live attendees and social media.

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[Update: All Current Fi Customers Eligible] Device Protection Is Now Available With Phones Ordered From Project Fi

It seemed a little odd that Google's first-party extended warranty program, Nexus Protect, didn't work with Google's own MVNO effort, Project Fi, when it was announced. New buyers of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P could apply the Nexus Protect warranty to their phones if they bought them from the Google Store, but not through the Project Fi site. Now it looks like that lack of synergy has been rectified: Nexus Protect, or at least something very much like it, is available with new phone purchases from Fi.

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The Moto X 2014 International Version Is Now Receiving Its Marshmallow Over-The-Air Update In Europe

Last year's update to the Moto X gave Motorola a flagship that was a match for any high-end phone on the market at a steal of a price, and quick updates from the manufacturer were no small part of its appeal. If you're outside the US and still happily rocking the 2014 model, check your status bar: you might just have an update coming in. According to Android Police readers in Germany, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, the Marshmallow over-the-air update is coming in across Europe this morning. It might be even more widespread than that.

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