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Dual-SIM Android One Devices Running Android 5.1 Reportedly Able To Set Each SIM To A Dedicated Color

February 23, 2015 - Written By John Anon

With the upcoming expected release of the next stage in the life cycle of Android 5.0 (Lollipop), Android 5.1 supposed to be landing soon. There are likely to be more and more details coming through as to what can be expected from the major(ish) update. Today, news is coming in about a new feature which is being reported on the Android One version which actually could be quite a useful feature for some people.

Android One devices tend to be more aimed towards emerging markets. As a result of this, Android One first saw the light of day when it initially launched in India, and more recently, arriving in Indonesia. One of the typical features of smartphones in these markets is the employment of dual-SIM support. Following on from this, the latest feature which seems to be hitting the headlines on Android 5.1 is the ability to make use of this dual-SIM nature.

The feature itself is rather basic, although for those who need it, the effects are certainly useful. In short, the latest version of Android 5.1 seems to allow for the customization of SIM cards in dual-SIM devices. Therefore, you can set each SIM to a different and unique colour. As a result, the identification of which SIM is in use, not only becomes extremely easy, but visual too. Providing users with an effective way to identify, at any given moment, which SIM they are using. A nice way to ensure users are using the correct SIM to make the correct calls. It seems there are quite a few colors on offer too, meaning that you are not resigned to preset options, but instead can choose the colors you want to you by heading over to the SIM menu in the device settings. However, as this is being noted on Android One devices, there is no way to know for sure if this will roll out in other regions as well. Phones in the U.S. tend not to place as great of a focus on dual-SIM compatibility and as such the ability to customize dual-SIM is probably of less importance. Either way though, the feature is a neat one. You can check out how it works in the video below.