Now that Android Lollipop 5.1 is finally official, we can?t help but talk about all of the practical new features it will bring. As usual, Google?s own line of co-developed handsets, i.e. the Nexus range, is the first to be treated with this version?s ?tasty additions.? If you own the recently launched Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet, you?re sure to have the early invites to this Lollipop party. Read on and find out how you can easily update your device?s OS to the latest version.
Android Lollipop 5.1 new features
Version 5.1 comes with three important features; native HD Voice calls, multiple SIM card support, and Device Protection. The HD Voice features means that Android 5.1 devices will now support ?crystal clear calling? courtesy of VoLTE networks provided by certain carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon. The multi-SIM support, meanwhile, is apparently directed to Android One-powered devices that Google is actively promoting in a number of emerging markets like Indonesia and the Philippines.
The third major feature, and perhaps the most important, is Device Protection. Google claims that this will allow users to remotely lock their device in the event that it?s lost or stolen. This is different from a present (and similar) option called Android Device Manager because the new Device Protection feature will actually be able to lock a device down even if someone factory resets it.
Unfortunately, the tech giant mentioned that this will only be available on some phones and tablets that run Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box along with, of course, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. In other words, 2015 flagships like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 won?t be able to offer the feature (initially, at least) as they only ship with Android 5.0. If you want to see the full list of new features, head over to this article.
Updating the current Nexus flagship devices to the latest Android OS
As mentioned, having Google?s notoriously popular brand displayed on your sleeves comes with its own perks and users?of the new Nexus 9 smartphone and Nexus 9 slate are about to get a first-hand experience. Android Lollipop 5.1 is currently rolling out over-the-air (OTA) to select devices including these two Nexus modes. Upgrading firmwares OTA is incredibly easy; once you received an update alert, all you have to do is tap on it and begin the installation process. If, for some reason, you haven?t received the notification or you accidentally dismissed it, you?ll only have to go to Settings > About Device > and choose Software Update or Check for Updates.
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