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.
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