NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet 4.2 Update Includes June Security Patch

NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet has been one of the better Android tablet models out there, and with each update it seems to keep getting just a little bit better. Today NVIDIA has just released the most recent version of software for the SHIELD Tablet that went out for the SHIELD Tablet K1 back in June, which should bring users up to version 4.2 for the software build. This update includes the usual bug fixes and improvements to the software and user experience that you tend to see from pretty much any device software update, but it also includes the June security patch level 1 for Android 6.0 Marshmallow so the device is nearly up to date in this particular area.

The update going out to the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet follows an update which started rolling out to the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV units on June 29th, which brought those forward to version 3.2 of the software build, and an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the U.S. models of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE which started hitting devices back at the end of May. Alongside the June security patch level 1 for the SHIELD Tablet going out today, the update also includes the ability to toggle the location of the navigation button, if that's something you've been wanting. Should you want to access this capability, it'll be located in settings, and then personalize settings.

Prior to today's update, some users were reportedly having issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and NVIDIA states that they have addressed these issues with fixes in the update that's beginning to head out to users, so that is something to look forward to if your device has been affected. Recently, the SHIELD Tablet also received support for the Vulkan API, and today's update includes enhancements and fixes to the Vulkan API. There have been some improvements to the responsiveness of the touchscreen as well, so using the display should feel a little bit smoother overall. In addition to what are mostly fixes it seems, NVIDIA has also mentioned that this update includes low latency audio, USB host & peripheral nodes, 24-bit stereo support and support for 7.1 HDMI output, as well as support for MIDI over USB and Bluetooth low energy. These improvements to the audio as NVIDIA states, bring the tablet in line with the requirements for Android 6.0's professional audio standards.

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