Handset maker Sony has started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update globally for its flagship devices including Xperia Z2 and Z3. The company is now rolling out the update in batches and will reach users in few weeks.
Also, you can check the update manually by heading on to Menu → Settings → About device → Software update → Update. Further, the company has confirmed that the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra will get in few weeks.
Meanwhile, some devices like Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia C3, Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua will get the update later.
Android 5.1 is the first big maintenance release for Lollipop, fixing bugs and improving performance and stability over the original 5.0 release.
Moving on to the features of Android 5.1, the quick settings panel has been polished up a bit in Android 5.1. Also, Android 5.1 also introduces dual SIM support as a built-in Android feature.
Android 5.1 brings some much-needed clarity to Lollipop's somewhat confusing screen pinning feature, which was designed to make it easier to lock kids or guest users into a particular app.
Device Protection in Android 5.1 will help to secure your device even if it's lost or stolen. With this feature enabled, a thief won't be able to use your device, even after factory resetting it without having your Google account login details.
In this update, Google has made some tweaks to the volume slider and interruptions system. Previously, in the Android, there is no traditional option for Mute.
Now in this update, None," "Priority," and "All" are now accompanied by their corresponding icons, which should make it easier for new users to relate these to their status bar icons.
And when enabling "None" or "Priority" mode for a specific time period, you'll see the exact time it'll be enabled for.
If you use Android's "Downtime" feature to control notifications after some time, you will be able to choose the kinds of interruptions allowed, which is "Priority" or "None." Previously this feature defaulted to "Priority" mode, with no way to change this.
And some other small features includes New animations in Clock app, Contacts lose colored overlay and Google+ linkage, Sticky soft keys fix, Hide 'Heads-up' notifications without dismissing, A new status bar icon when there's no SIM inserted, NuPlayer now the default streaming player.