While owners of the original Shield tablet are waiting on their Marshmallow update to become available again after it was pulled because of a nasty Wi-Fi related bug, owners of Nvidia’s Shield Android TV units are now having their Marshmallow goodies rolling out to them in a new update starting today.
While the main meat of this update is the arrival of Android 6.0, there is also another addition coming with this update and that is the official support for Vulkan and fully comformant drivers. This just means that developers who are using the new Vulkan APIs that were released last week for game development on Android won’t have to worry about their games not being able to use Vulken on the Shield Android TV.
If you already have received Marshmallow on other Shield devices, than you probably already know what to expect. If you don’t own anything but a Shield Android TV, here is the official changelog for this update, although some of these changes are unique to the Shield Android TV due to the TV part of everything.
· Upgradable storage and home screen customization
· Quick access to the power menu on the home screen by long pressing the “Back” button
· Seamless switching between surround sound and headset audio in Netflix app
· Wireless support for SHIELD controller when charging via USB, including headset audio and voice search
· Improved color support for YUV 4:2:0 video playback
· Option to set 1080p 60Hz resolution on Ultra HD TVs
· Option to set RGB Full Range via Settings > HDMI > Dynamic Range
· Improved support for Denon receivers and CEC volume control for more audio receivers
You can always manually check for this update if you don’t see the notification for it being available by heading over into your Settings, then About Device, and going into Check for Updates.
Source: Nvidia Changelog