While there are still a lot of people around the Android world thinking if their device will ever get a taste of Lollipop flavors, Google is steadily chugging along and moving forward with Android Lollipop. Android has released another update to the new(ish) OS, coming out with Android 5.1 and bringing with it some sweet new features.
Android 5.1 brings with it new features in the shape of multiple SIM card support, the much awaited Device Protection feature, and HD (high definition) voice calls for compatible models. Support for multiple SIMs is Google’s way of legitimizing what has been the trend for years now in Europe and Asia, where most people think of dual-SIM support in a device as a legitimate feature.
Device Protection is long overdue, with Android lagging behind iOS devices (Apple ID) in these circumstances. Now lost or stolen devices will remain locked until the owner signs in with the connected Google account. The lock will still be active even when the device is reset to factory settings. Pretty cool. Lastly, HD voice calling is now activated by default for those devices who have this capability.
Typically, it will be the Nexus line of products who will be getting these first. Factory images and binaries are available, for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both 2012 and WiFi versions), and the Nexus 10. There are also available updates for T-Mobile’s Nexus devices – the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7 (2013).
As much as the rest of the world are still struggling to get Lollipop onto their devices, this comes as a fresh new update for Android 5.x. The new features are both exciting and essential, if executed correctly – which we expect Android to do so. Watch out for Android 5.1 as it begins to roll out to other devices as well, maybe even yours.