Google officially unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop

by: Jimmy WestenbergMarch 9, 2015
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Despite the fact it has technically been around for a little while now, Android 5.1 Lollipop has finally been made official, thanks to a blog post from Google. Some of the changes in this update include stability and performance improvements, native support for multiple SIM cards, HD voice on compatible phones and, most notably, Device Protection.

With the new Device Protection feature, if your Android device becomes lost or stolen, it will stay locked until you enter in your Google account information – even if the device has been reset to factory settings. Google says the feature will be available on most Android devices shipped with the software, in addition to the Nexus 6 and 9.

Next up is support for HD voice on compatible devices, letting Android 5.1 devices take advantage of the clear high-definition voice calls that certain carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon offer. Android 5.1 will also now let you join Wifi networks and paired Bluetooth devices directly from your quick settings page. Before the update, users would need to click on the Wifi or Bluetooth buttons and jump into the Settings menu to make any changes.

While Google doesn’t official say when the update will be rolling out or to what devices, according to a few newly updated T-Mobile documents, Android 5.1 is supposed to rollout to the Nexus 4, 5 and 7 starting today. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the official rollout as soon as we learn more!

  • fatspirit

    Multi-sim support is actually good, but bugfixes are much more important, at least for me.

  • Cowen K. Gittens

    I already have Android 5.1 on my Nexus 5, but that device protection isn’t included.

    • Chris

      You got a Rogue bulid then

    • Craig

      5.1 is not 5.0.1

    • retrospooty

      edit / replied to wrong comment… Sorry.

      • Alex Ohannes

        You can delete comments, you know…

  • Chris

    I’ve had HD voice for a while now. It’s nothing new….

    Sorry google. Better luck next time.

    • retrospooty

      I am fairly sure I read all over the web for the past month the biggest thing on 5.1 was not features, it was bug fixes from 5.0 and most specifically the battery drain bugs. Hopefully battery life improves a good deal with this…

  • Naveen

    Google releasing android versions with full of bugs Nexus 5 shows im connected wifi network but internet is not working

    • Keg Man

      my nexus 7 cant hold a wifi connection either

  • hzd

    Ehhhh what ? HD voice . . . I had that on My nexus 5. . . device protection what good is that if your phones stolen its highly unlikely your going to get it back because police = Useless so just formatting the thing will be fine and we can already do that.

    Dual sim is cool for android one and ah bug fixes . . . what bug fixes Google do tell us ?!

    5.1 update sounds soon to be 5.2 to me, I’m sure the Nexus 6 will still be a bugged flagship 5 months on, ah nexus 2014 botched like everything else in 2014 was what a great year.

    I mean really Google fix the WiFi bugs and add a silent mode correctly ffs, it’s not that hard you did it for most of the other releases ! Who are Google using to make software these days former DICE employee’s

    • Epic_Ninja420

      Actually device protection is good because it will deter most people from jacking your phone if they know it will be a brick even after a hard reset.

      • hzd

        You’re assuming the theif is smart enough to read android change logs and anyway if your that smart your flash an older factory image from googles site and bypass the detection as the factory reset changes your device I’d as wugfresh tool kit will tell you.

        And all phone can flash a flash-all.bat file in bootloader, so that pretty much negates their protection.

        • Abjex

          Not easy with an encrypted Nexus 6…

        • DarkHole

          To be honest, most thieves are smarter than majority of people walking down the street. and clearly smarter than you

        • Epic_Ninja420

          Still doesnt get around the blacklisted IMEI, the people who can get around that are not picking your pockets.

  • crutchcorn

    Multisim management! Wow! The other things are things I’ll have to play with

  • fatspirit

    Wow, that was fast!

  • lala

    Umm.. Google doesn’t *officially say..

  • Gjin Daci

    file size ?

  • Mike Bastable

    quick from Google, slow probably from Carriers and OEMs

  • JEEEZZUS. It’s still one of those news that keeps saying it has been released… but then for certain devices only!!! SAME OLD NEWS!! I want to know when it will be out for the rest of the devices!!!!!

  • Ed

    I don’t really get it, so does that mean it will be available for many chipsets or is it nexus only for now?

  • Kurt Risser

    If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! What is the reasoning behind moving functionality such as Widget selection to a new, less convenient place? What were the Android developers hoping to accomplish by changing the Home, Back and Option Menu buttons to arbitrary geometrical shapes? Has Google recently hired a bunch of former Microsoft designers? It is like changing the shape of the headlights on next year’s car model just to say it is different.

    Consistency of user experience is important. These unhelpful changes and omissions make Android feel unfamiliar. Users do not want to relearn the user interface that they have invested their time learning, particularly if there is no benefit to be had.