NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 gets update to Android 7.0 Nougat

While smartphone users continue to monitor manufacturers and carriers in anticipation of an update for their devices, some tablet owners can now rejoice that they are getting Android 7.0 Nougat. Those owners would be the ones who have an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1. NVIDIA released the update today, so users should start to see it […]

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NVIDIA starts redistributing Marshmallow update for the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1


Earlier this month, NVIDIA started pushing out the Marshmallow update for both the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1 in Asia, Europe, North America and America, but, annoyingly, just a couple of days into the rollout, it was forced to pull the firmware as many users were reporting Wi-Fi connectivity issues with their devices following a successful installation.

Thankfully, it looks like all the bugs have now been squashed and the build has at last been deemed stable enough for public release as the American manufacturer has today started redistributing the long-awaited Android 6.0.1 upgrade for its two gaming slates in the aforementioned regions.

You can catch the full changelog for the update below:


  • New 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
  • New 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; New App Optimization feature; Improved BT Low Energy scanning power efficiency
  • System wide improvements – Monitor Memory Usage with detailed usage of each app; Improvements to WiFi Connectivity; Optimized preloaded apps; Update to Android 6.0 Security Patxch Level January 2016

SHIELD Tablet K1

  • Optimized behavior of legacy apps that lead to instances of increased power consumption
  • Improvements to WiFi connectivity
  • Fixed crashes in Performance, Power, and Display settings
  • Fixed crashes in Game Mapper
  • Fixed Doom 3 not launching
  • Added back SHIELD Controller touch pad functionality
  • Added support for Stylus Lasso Capture functionality
  • Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level January 2016
  • Fixes to App Optimization feature

Source: NVIDIA

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NVIDIA releases developer preview builds of Vulkan graphics API


Earlier today, NVIDIA released preview builds of Khronos’ new graphics API, Vulkan, for the SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD Tablet K1 and SHIELD Android TV. This firmware is primarily aimed at developers who are looking to optimize their applications for use with the new programming interface.

Vulkan has many advantages over its predecessor, OpenGL. The main one being that it supplies developers with a unified cross-platform framework for 3D graphics which will seamlessly work on Android, SteamOS, Ubuntu and Windows.

In terms of consumer benefits, Vulkan will make it possible for lower-cost handsets to support Virtual Reality (VR) devices as it features better memory management software and real-time GPU synchronisation, which means that developers don’t have to waste time trying to get their applications to play ball with the hardware.

NVIDIA is planning to roll out compatibility for the Vulkan API alongside the upcoming Marshmallow builds for the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD TV — so if you’re not a developer, but want to give Vulkan-optimized content a whirl, you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to do so.

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[Deal] Up to 75% off select NVIDIA SHIELD titles


Bargains are waiting as NVIDIA’s four-day SHIELD Winter Games Sale kicks off, with price cuts on titles including Hotline Miami, Titan Souls, the LEGO series and more.

It looks like the team over at NVIDIA are feeling mighty generous, with discounts now listed on titles playable on Android TV, portable devices and tablets.

Three popular games in the LEGO series have made their way to the winter sale, LEGO The Hobbit, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. All of these titles can be played on NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service and offer up plenty of family-friendly thrills.


Other popular Android games getting the money-off treatment include hectic top-down shooter Hotline Miami and its sequel, both available on the Play Store. High-octane action title Hotline Miami is set in an alternate 1989 and boasts a unique art style and foot-tapping soundtrack. It’s the best kind of mayhem.

Check out our full review of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 if you haven’t yet got one of your own.

Source: NVIDIA

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