Android 5.1 is announced, bringing HD voice calls, security enhancements, and more

Android 5.1 is announced, bringing HD voice calls, security enhancements, and more

We knew that it was coming sooner than later after references to it appeared on multiple occasions. Google just made Android 5.1 official through its blog, and it's looking like a modest, yet welcome update to the world's most popular smartphone platform. 

In addition to the mandatory stability and performance improvements, Android 5.1 brings support for multiple SIM cards. The new software should make it easier for multiple users to share a dual-SIM smartphone or a single user to take advantage of multiple carriers' services. However, details are unclear as to how is Android 5.1 better at juggling between multiple SIMs. 

Furthermore, we'll get enhanced Device Protection mechanisms in Android 5.1. Long story short, lost or stolen devices will remain locked until the original user logs in with their Google account credentials. The lock remains active even after a factory reset, which is great to hear. 

Last but not least, Android 5.1 throws native support for HD voice calls on the table. Owners of compatible phones will be enjoying crystal-clear voice calls, as long as their carrier supports the feature. The Nexus 6 on T-Mobile or its upcoming Verizon variant, for example, are among these compatible devices. 

These are all the major features coming in Android 5.1, pretty much. Along with them, we'll get a few minor ones, including the option to join Wi-Fi networks and control paired Bluetooth devices from the Quick Settings menu. 

We're expecting details regarding the Android 5.1 release date to arrive in the near future. Chances are that Nexus smartphones and tablets will be the first to receive the new software, followed by the top models from major manufacturers.

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39 Comments

1. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This is unbelievable all nexus devices will receive the 5.1 update and my galaxy note 3 Verizon still with kit kat. :(

5. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

You got the double whammy man. 1.Samsung 2.Verizon.

29. Ralston1983

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

Yeah man, my note 3 is still on 4.4.2 with a custom rom. Kind of irks me a little. But i'll live.

34. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Yeah, I was stoked when I found out that you can use a stock Nexus 6 on Verizon.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

KitKat is better than lolliflop

10. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

I hate to agree with the retarded troll. But Kit Kat is better than Lollipop...

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i disagree, At first i didn't like it but now i do. I will say i am not a fan of the notifications on the lock screen set up. some things show and some things just put a icon there, it's quite annoying. Also my phone freezes A LOT LESS and keyboard don't go crazy no more on my s5.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Both are better than iOS.

26. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

Far better than iOS. In Total agreement with you.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

better than blackberry

20. floppyedonkey

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Windows Phone 10 TP is better

24. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2123; Member since: May 29, 2014

How would you know? You've never used either. You're stuck drinking the apple flavored kool aid.

28. Ralston1983

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

"Better" is a matter of opinion and personal preference.

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I take it this is more your subjective opinion due to the aesthetics?

38. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think you will be quite all right with UK version:http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/database/SM-N9005/

2. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Yet I don't have 5.0 in Samsung S5 G900H :P What an irony...

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've had it for over two months?

37. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

No not for all models... Samsung S5 have many models, and also depends on carriers. But most of the G900F got their updates already

22. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i thought all the carriers had the update out now for the s5.

3. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Support for multiple SIM cards? OEMs had this eons ago.

4. surethom

Posts: 1574; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The number 1 feature that I hope for in this update is to fix the memory leak problems that is in 5.0

8. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Me too and also smoother ui

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is 5.x? I haven't had a chance to use it.

12. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

You serious? I thought you had every phone under the sun. You're not missing anything, Lollipop sucks pretty hard.

31. blingblingthing

Posts: 833; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Lollipop sucks? I humble and wholeheartedly disagree. I rooted and have been running a custom ROM on my used nexus 5 day one since I got it.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I enjoy it but that may be because it has made my S5 super snappy and increased the battery life.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kit kat ran my last android device, and I plan on skipping the 6s, and Note 5 this year. Doakie, why does it suck, and UglyFrankhows the new futures?

27. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

According to me, at first it seems annoying, but slowly, it grows on you. I have been using it since it came out for my Nexus 5, and won't go back to KitKat even if I had the option to (without flashing custom ROMs). I'd say it's worth a try DJ.

7. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I hope to fix battery drain on my Nexus 5.

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