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


  • 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. After this upgrade, there will be 2 ways to setup the MicroSD card, please read carefully.

Portable Storage: This option will not delete data from the SD card

Internal Storage: This option wipes all data from the SD card. If you are currently storing data the SD card, please make sure it is first backed up

NVIDIA recommends to back up the MicroSD card prior to downloading this update

The update comes with everything you'd expect of Marshmallow, but the big warning about SD cards at the bottom is definitely something to take note of. Marshmallow allows you to "adopt" SD cards as if they were your part of your device's internal storage, but if you've already got an SD card you've been using with your Shield Tablet, you'll need to format it in order to use this new feature.

Outside Android 6.0's built-in features, NVIDIA claims to have revamped the camera app's UI with a more "material"-inspired theme and some new real-time image effects. There are also fresh NVIDIA-designed wallpapers, and Fallout Shelter is now a preloaded app for some reason.

You can get the update by simply checking for it on your Shield Tablet K1 right now. A post from an NVIDIA rep on the forum claims that the Marshmallow update for the standard Shield Tablet will be available "soon."

  • Thanks:
  • Antonio