Nvidia demonstrates Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Shield Tablet K1
A few weeks ago, Nvidia launched the Shield Tablet K1, a slightly downgraded variant of the original Nvidia Shield Tablet that sells $199. At the time of the launch, many have been disappointed to learn that the Shield Tablet K1 will launch with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board. Fortunately, the company promised to launch an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Shield Tablet K1 by the end of the year. As the launch draws near, Nvidia has recently posted a quick video tour guide for the K1's upcoming software update.
In the official video - which you can catch below - Nvidia's Digital Marketing Senior Manager mentions that the Shield Tablet K1 will be one of the first tablets to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and then goes on to offer a sneak peek at the new features.
Most of the additions are stock features that Google has baked right into Android 6.0 Marshmallow. One of these is the new granular app permissions system, which allows the user to accept or revoke individual permissions for each app. Others include Now On Tap - a contextual, beefed-up version of Google Now - as well as enhanced microSD card support. You can read more about Google's latest mobile OS version in our Android 6.0 Marshmallow review.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Shield Tablet K1 will also come with a few of Nvidia's own improvements, such new camera app with enhanced features powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset. Furthermore, the Marshmallow update will also bring further optimization to GeForce Now, Nvidia's game streaming system.
Unfortunately, it looks like those rocking the original Nvidia Shield Tablet might have a little more waiting to do before getting their hands on all of these new features, which is a bit disappointing given that both slabs are based on roughly the same internal hardware.