It’s been a while since we last saw Android 5.1 builds running on Android One devices and we’ve all been wondering when Google would officially announce the next version of Android. The wait is finally over! Google has officially unwrapped Android 5.1 Lollipop, the first incremental upgrade to Android 5.0.
Android 5.1 improves stability and performance in general, the update also brings a slew of new features which mostly refine the user experience. Notable additions are Dual-SIM support, HD voice calling and the much anticipated ‘device protection’ which introduces the so called ‘smartphone kill switch feature, although it’ll only be available on new hardware that ship with Android 5.1.
Other improvements include minor changes to the quick area menu, users can now directly manage their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections/devices without having to open the settings menu.
The new Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware builds are rolling out to supported Nexus and GPE devices as of today. No OEM has yet announced any upgrade plans but most manufacturers like Motorola or Samsung are likely to upgrade their phones in a few months.