NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 gets Vulkan support with Android 6.0.1 update

NVIDIA is now pushing out a fresh update to the Shield Tablet K1 that includes a move up to Android 6.0.1, along with a number of fixes. Bumping the tablet’s software version up to 1.2, the update brings Vulkan graphics API support and Android 6.0.1 goodies like new emoji and more.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Android 6.0.1 update brings Vulkan graphics API support

Here’s the full breakdown of what’s new in the latest Shield tablet K1:

Supports the new Vulkan™ API for high-efficiency access to SHIELD’s graphics hardware
Adds Android 6.0.1 changes including:
Repositioned Navigation Buttons in Landscape mode & Updated Emoji
Double Tap Power Button to launch SHIELD Camera app
Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
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

While the update is rolling out now for the Shield Tablet K1, NVIDIA says it will make its way to the original Shield Tablet “in a few weeks.”

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