Android Lollipop 5.1 Release: HD Voice, Device Protection and more for Google Nexus, Moto

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What fresh, new features will the latest Android Lollipop 5.1 bring? (Image courtesy of Android)

Hours ago, Google has announced the arrival of their latest version of its mobile operating system, Android Lollipop 5.1. We?ve been hearing lots of rumors about a new Android version that?s intended to fix many issues that have plagued Android 5.0 when it was launched last November. Thankfully, that update has finally begun to roll out today.

Major features Android Lollipop will bring

Apparently, this version does not intend to offer a huge wave of changes. As Dave Burke, Android Platform?s VP, puts it, the ?tasty additions? that Android Lollipop 5.1 will bring to the table are just meant to ?get more out of your Android phone and tablet.? But it?s still a welcome upgrade, nonetheless. For those lucky enough to own the Google-branded Nexus 6 from Motorola and the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC, they are among the first to enjoy this latest firmware update. So what?s new in version 5.1, you ask? Here they are:

Support for multiple SIM Cards

Google is including multiple SIM card support to Android Lollipop 5.1 to provide more functionality to users who devices that have dual SIM card slots. This will therefore allow people to easily share a phone between two users. It?s obviously an important update for Android One handsets, which Google has been actively promoting in various emerging markets

HD Voice Calls

When they finally get to upgrade their phones to this version, users can expect to see radically improved voice quality and clarity courtesy of the new HD Voice feature. The Big G that this ?crystal clear calling? will be available on compatible devices, so it?s likely that HD Voice will not come to all devices that runs version 5.1. A more likely scenario is that only a handful of carriers, such as Verizon or T-Mobile, will provide the necessary infrastructure to make such feature a reality, at least initially.

Device Protection

If ever your device, which runs Android Lollipop 5.1, is lost or stolen, this feature will keep it locked until you sign in using your Google account. It will remain locked even if someone tries to perform a factory reset. The Verge sees this feature, touted as Device Protection, as Google?s answer to Apple?s Activation Lock. It?s basically intended to render your device useless whoever stole it.

Other features include quickly connecting to Bluetooth devices and Wi=Fi networks right from the Quick Settings panel, new clock app animations, and various bug fixes.Hopefully, Android Lollipop 5.1 will address the common complaint about the Nexus 6 being sluggish due in part to Google?s decision to encrypt the handset right out of the box.


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