For a while now, the rebranded NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 (and even the SHIELD Tablet before it) continued to linger in Lollipop land – that is, it was stuck with Android 5.1.1 for a good bit of time. Now NVIDIA is finally bringing Marshmallow flavors to its rebranded flagship tablet, giving Android 6.0 through its first update for the rebranded tablet.

Before we go on expecting the rumored new SHIELD Tablet, it would be good to remember what a robust little device the SHIELD Tablet K1 is – which is why it landed on our list of bang-for-your-hard-earned-money tablets that you should check out this holiday season. It still has a very competent Tegra K1 processor under the hood, supported by a 192-core Kepler GPU, giving vibrant visuals to the 8-inch FullHD (1080p) display.


With the update, new Marshmallow features are now available, including Now on Tap, Adoptable Storage which makes microSD cards part of your “internal” storage, and App Standby for better battery performance. The update also brings improvements to the NVIDIA Camera app, some user interface tweaks, and some goodies if you play the Fallout Shelter Android game.

The update should be a considerable download, so make sure you’re on a wifi connection before you start the update. The download could take a good while, so prepare to be without your tablet for some time. Also, make sure you backup your stuff just in case.