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Nvidia Feeds Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Shield Android TV, Adds Vulkan API

by Maximum PC | February 27, 2016February 27, 2016 9:00 am PDT

Nvidia Shield Android TV

Mmm, Marshmallow!

Nvidia updated its Shield tablet to Android 6.0 Marshmallow earlier in the month, and now it’s doing the same for its Shield Android TV device via an over-the-air (OTA) roll out, the company announced this week.

Marshmallow alone brings several enhancements to Shield Android TV, though the update also includes some other feature upgrades. They include:

  • 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

In addition to all that, Nvidia is rolling out fully conformant Vulkan drivers to its Shield Android TV platform. That makes it the first Android consumer platform to ship with support for the Vulkan API, which gives developers low-level access to CPU and GPU resources.

The update is a little over 800MB.

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