Google Unwraps Android 5.1 Lollipop

Google Unwraps Android 5.1 Lollipop
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In its official blog, Google has announced it has finally released Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update aims to maintain the stability of the operating system and offer a batch of new features for millions of users around the world.


According to the announcement, the update now allows phones with multiple SIM slots to use more than one SIM card in order to better “share your phone with a family member or better manage your mobile costs.”

Device Protection is also introduced. With this feature, a lost or stolen phone will remain locked unless the user manages to sign in using his or her Google account. Even if, say, someone else resets the phone to its original factory setting, the device will remain protected. This will be made available on “most Android phones and tablets shipped with Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.”

How does Android Lollipop beat iOS 8? Read here.

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Google also introduced High Definition voice calling. With this, users of compatible Android devices running version 5.1 will be able to enjoy crystal-clear HD Voice calling.

Another welcome enhancement brought by the update is the ability to merge Wi-Fi networks and take control of Bluetooth devices straight from the Quick Settings.

As for the phones first in line to get the update, Engadget tells that T-Mobile USA has hinted the “Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (2013) could get their 5.1 upgrades as early as today.”