Android 5.1 Lollipop Rolls Out, Here’s What’s New
Google has some exciting news for Nexus 6 and 9 users. The company has started to roll out the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update brings a host of changes, improvements and bug fixes. But that’s not all to it, the 5.1 will add some exciting new features as well.
One of the most interesting features in the new update is Device Protection. It’s pretty similar to Apple’s Activation Lock for iOS. Owners of the Android devices can restrict access to stolen phones by using their linked Google accounts. As said by Google in its official blog post:
With Device Protection, your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account – even if someone resets your device to factory settings. This feature will be available on most Android phones and tablets shipped with Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Not only that but the latest version offers support for dual sim functionality — a feature which is highly popular in emerging markets. Moreover, Google has introduced high-definition voice calling between compatible Android 5.1 Lollipop devices.
Although the new update is officially announced for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, those with older models should know that Android 5.1 images are available to download for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi) and Nexus 10. Meaning you can manually update your smartphone by using these factory images.
You can download the image files from the links given above. You will have to be careful though and read this installation process thoroughly before doing this on your own.
Lastly, 5.1 Lollipop brings some perks to the quick settings menu, making some changes to the way you join WiFi networks and manage your bluetooth devices.
This is great news for Nexus users but those of you with smartphone from different brands, may have to wait a while before this rolls-out. Hopefully, they won’t have to wait for long before a widespread release.
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