NVIDIA has done an admirable job of keeping its SHIELD devices up-to-date with Android OS updates, and today it continues to do so with the SHIELD tablet K1.
NVIDIA is now pushing Android 6.0.1 to the SHIELD tablet K1 as part of the device’s OTA 1.2 update. The update also repositions Android’s on-screen navigation buttons when the SHIELD tablet K1 is in landscape mode, moving the Back and Home buttons to the bottom left corner of the display and the Recent Apps to the bottom right corner, making them easier to hit with your thumbs.
Here’s the full changelog for the SHIELD tablet K1’s OTA 1.2 update:
- Supports the new Vulkan™ API for high-efficiency access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware
- Adds Android 6.0.1 changes including:
- Support for Android Doze mode & additional power optimizations
- Adds USB MIDI support
- Adds memory compression enhancement
- Improved Wi-Fi connectivity when waking from sleep
- Fixed Compass functionality
- Fixed Gamepad Mapper issues
- Fixed issues with moving apps to SD card
- Fixed Doom 3 HDMI output issue
- Repositioned Lasso Capture icons in landscape mode
- Update to Android 6.0 Security Patch Level March 1, 2016
- Overall stability and security enhancements
This is a big update for SHIELD tablet K1 owners, adding several bug fixes and a bump to Android 6.0.1. And while Android 6.0.1 isn’t quite as big a deal as the Android 6.0 update that the SHIELD tablet K1 got back in December, it’s still notable because it brings the SHIELD tablet K1 up to the very latest version of Android, something that I’m sure SHIELD tablet K1 owners are pretty excited about.
NVIDIA also notes that the original SHIELD Tablet, including the LTE variant, will be updated “in a few weeks.”