Google has announced the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update is said to improve both performance and stability, as well as including a few new features. Android 5.1 Lollipop will be rolling out to Nexus and Google Play edition devices in the near future.
Improved quick-settings menu
The quick-settings menu houses all-new animations, as well as tweaks to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth menus for increased usability.
What’s more, it’s now easier to hop between Wifi access points and Bluetooth devices with the new dropdown arrows next to these settings.
Better sounding calls and Dual-SIM support
Android 5.1 makes it nice and official, and built into the OS. Nexus 6 users on T-Mobile and Verizon (when that version of the phone launches) will be able to enjoy higher-quality voice calls when the 5.1 update arrives.
Better dual-SIM support
New API’s provided by the Android 5.1 SDK (which will pave the way for better apps)
Improved notification management (they can now be swiped back until the notification draw, rather than swiped away entirely)
Better Wi-Fi connections, because Android now knows which access points have provided poor/no Wi-Fi access in the past. Clever.
If you haven’t used screen-pinning yet now might be the time. This is one of the best ways to keep your phone secure while somebody else is using it.
Android 5.1 brings with it a new lock feature which helps you secure your device, even if it has been stolen. With “Device Protection” enabled, the device will be unusable after a factory reset, unless the user has your Google account login details.
Interruptions, priority and silent mode
One of the smallest, but possibly most significant changes arrives to Android’s priority settings. You can now set your interruption preferences to remain in place or until your next alarm, which is useful for avoiding overnight interruptions, or the end of your “downtime”.