After months of multiple leaks and speculation, Google finally announced its very latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus devices. As expected, the Android 5.1 Lollipop doesn't come with a flurry of features. In fact, while it obviously adds new interface improvements, most of the features relate to general security and overall performance.
Here's everything you need to know about the Android 5.1 Lollipop update.
What's new in the Android 5.1 Lollipop Update?
Basically the Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes with many new features, including support for high definition (HD) voice on select handsets, Device protection, multiple SIM cards support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts, and several minor yet important fixes and improvements.
Which Devices have the Android 5.1 Lollipop update Available Right Now?
Those who own a Micromax Canvas A1 (Android One) can install the Android 5.1 Lollipop update right now. The file update is about 410MB. Other than the Canvas A1, the latest Android update will arrive on the Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Dream UNO, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10.
Here's What's New in Android 5.1 Lollipop
HD Voice Calling
High definition voice calling stands for crystal audio quality on voice calls over supported networks. You cannot take advantage of this special feature until unless your network provider would support it.
This security feature ensures that your device will remain protected even if it gets lost or stolen, it will stay locked until you sign in with your account info.
One of the main issues with the Interruption modes in Android 5.0 was that there were no silent mode settings. Well, there still isn't a silent mode in Android 5.1, but the interruptions function has been improved. Android 5.1 solves this issue by including a new setting for both Priority and None that lets you automatically disable them at the next alarm time.
Notifications were obviously of the main highlights of the Android 5.0. The main problem, however, was that you couldn't make the notification go away without completely dismissing it. Now it just removes that notification by swiping to the side to clear that particular notification.
Dual SIM Support
This feature is quite popular in India, where devices often come with two SIM slots. The concept hasn't really caught in the west yet. Android 5.1 also adds support for multiple SIM cards, so we can now expect to see more manufacturers in the west to launch handsets with dual-SIM support.
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