S’more to It: SHIELD Tablet K1 Gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

by Jordan Dodge

It’s time to enjoy the updated features and functionality that Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings to SHIELD tablet K1, the ultimate tablet for gamers.

SHIELD tablet K1 features a blistering-fast 192-core GPU, full HD 1080p display and dual front-facing speakers. So it offers more ways to game. Download the slew of SHIELD-optimized Android games playable natively. Or hit PC titles streaming from our cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW.

It’s all packed into a sleek, 8-inch form factor for just $199.

We recently showed SHIELD tablet K1 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Today, our Software Upgrade 1.0 brings Android 6.0, and s’more, to our higher performance tablet. Let’s dive in.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Upgrades

  • Now on Tap This new feature from Google anticipates what you need, the moment you need it. With a simple tap, you’ll be able to quickly find information related to what you are seeing on the screen, as well as inside an app.
  • Adoptable Storage – Expandable storage moves internal. MicroSD cards can now be integrated with main internal storage, auto managed by the system, cutting out the need to manage where apps and files are stored. This replaces SHIELD’s move to SD functionality.
  • Improved App Permissions – Permissions are now managed centrally, meaning you have more freedom to grant access as you wish.
  • App Standby – Battery life is a big factor when choosing a device. App Standby can improve it in a big way. App Standby will automatically put an app into a standby state based on when you last used it, pausing network access and sync; it ends once the tablet starts charging. You’ll also get improved Bluetooth Low Energy scanning power efficiency.

More Upgrades from NVIDIA

  • New NVIDIA SHIELD Camera – We’re adding a new camera app to SHIELD tablet K1, with a user interface inspired by Material Design. It brings improved burst photo functionality and adds new real-time HD image effects, accelerated by Tegra K1’s Kepler-based GPU.
  • Fallout Shelter and Bonus Lunchboxes – Bethesda’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic world, Fallout Shelter, is part of the upgrade. As a bonus, the first 50,000 SHIELD tablet K1 gamers can score five free lunchboxes, each containing four Fallout Shelter cards for in-game currency, consumables and more. Click here to learn more.
  • User Interface UpgradesPersonalize home and lock screens with different wallpapers, including new NVIDIA wallpapers. You can launch Google Now voice commands from the lock screen. And you can personalize your Quick Settings menu, adding, removing or rearranging toggles.

The ultimate tablet for gamers just got a little sweeter. Just in time to wrap and slide under your Christmas tree.