Google Officially Confirms Android 5.1 Lollipop And Begins The OTA Rollouts

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Google has officially taken the wraps off of their new Lollipop software version, Android 5.1 Lollipop. After weeks and weeks of talk and speculation about when Android 5.1 Lollipop would arrive and what changes it would bring along for the ride, Google has laid out a quick little description of things to come as they announce the official arrival of the software. Users can expect that Android 5.1 Lollipop will begin with devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, and Google mentions that updates will begin rolling out as early as today. From there we’ll likely begin to see the software roll out to last year’s Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 model, and then the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012 model, of course, Google Play Edition devices will likely be rolled in here somewhere too.

In this update, users can expect to see increased voice clarity and quality thanks to the support of HD voice which as Google states, will be available on compatible devices, so it’s possible the HD voice will not come to every single device that gets updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop. In addition to HD voice, in this software version update stability and performance changes will also be included, so users who have been previously experiencing issues with Android Lollipop should see those bugs and issues go away. Other new features or functions include Device Protection, which will keep devices locked if lost or stolen unless the Gmail account belonging to that device is used to log in. Google mentions that devices stay locked even after a factory data reset, so this means the only way to unlock it will be to log in with your Gmail account.

Lastly Google is adding dual SIM support to Android 5.1, so users who have devices with that capability will be able  to use Android 5.1 Lollipop with two SIM cards to support both phone numbers they may have. This also allows people to share a phone between two users if the device has dual SIM slots. Now that Android 5.1 Lollipop is starting to hit the airwaves, we have to wonder if the OEM’s who have yet to send out updates for Android 5.0 Lollipop to devices will be working quickly to get 5.1 out as soon as possible.