The latest OTA downloads are now available to install for both NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet and the SHIELD Tablet K1 (NVIDIA says the updates for the LTE models are coming), which most notably brings along a very important piece of software – the July security patch. Although it might always seem more fun to receive an update to a device that introduces new features and functionality, security of those devices is ever more important in this day and age and for many Android devices, the most up to date security comes in the form of these patches. With Google having already pushed out the security patch for September to Nexus devices, that puts NVIDIA just a little bit behind in comparison, but NVIDIA isn't the only manufacturer that has pushed the software out late.
In regards to these OTAs, NVIDIA has added a few things in addition to the July security patch, which include small bug fixes for various issues and just some general fine tuning to make things a little smoother for the user of either device. With these OTAs now being live, if you have either version of NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet, you may have already seen the notification that there was new software to install, and if there is no notification checking is as simple as going into the settings menu, navigating to the about tablet section, and then tapping on software updates which should tell you if there is new firmware available for download.
When it comes to the actual bug fixes, NVIDIA states that issues with the shut downs of auto rotation have now been fixed along with this update, so installing the OTA should get rid of that problem for users. They have also fixed the bug that was causing a stutter in the audio playback when users didn't have the screen on. Beyond bug fixes, stability and performance have been improved as well, and NVIDIA has put in more optimization for Doze Mode, as well as added conformity with OpenGL ES 3.2. NVIDIA's forum post doesn't mention how big the OTA file is, but as a general good practice, it's always good to make sure that you have at least 50 percent battery before doing a software update, and make sure you have at least a couple of GB of free storage space.