Android 5.1 Lollipop has been announced with new features and updates. The user will have to sign in with the original Google account even if the device is reset back to factory conditions for tighter security for lost or stolen devices. The new features will be available on the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet for starters but will pop up on other devices that come shipped with Android 5.1.
Additionally you can connect to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device more easily via the Quick Settings menu. Users of phones with multiple SIM card slots will be able to switch between the cards without having to physically swap them out. And phone calls would be clearer to the new high-definition voice calling available between Android 5.1 devices.
Let us find the new updates
The Quick Settings in Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Can connect to WiFi and Bluetooth devices without being required to go into the Settings app. Simply click the down arrow and continue from there.
- New animation for the portrait mode toggle.
- Screen Pinning improvements: A feature under Security in the Settings that allows you to lock someone into a single application. This is great if someone is borrowing your phone.
- The verbiage in the Settings has been changed for clarification purposes.
- When you pin an application, Android now shows you which buttons to press in order to leave Screen Pinning mode.
- Contacts app improvements: There is no longer any color overlays on contact pictures; Google+ photos are no longer used for contact pictures.
System Volume in Android 5.1 Lollipop
- The icons of Priority Mode and No Interruptions Mode now appear in the selection window. This will make people new to the OS understand what the icons mean when they show up in the status bar
- No Interruptions Mode will still deliver notifications and you’ll still see the notification light blinking. It’s no silent mode, but it works pretty much the same.
- You can now access system volume even while watching video, listening to music, or otherwise engaging in media. Simply click the bell icon on the right side and the media volume will disappear, replaced by the system volume.
- You have the ability to better manage Priority Mode.
New animations in Android 5.1 Lollipop
- The four icons at the top of the Clock app are now animated.
- The Portrait/Landscape toggle in Quick Settings is also now animated.
Few other highlights from the Android 5.1
- NuPlayer officially takes over for AwesomePlayer as the default streaming player.
- In Android 5.0, swiping up on the heads-up notification dismissed the notification entirely.
- Device Protection mode keeps your device locked down even if it has been factory reset, preventing thieves from getting around your security. This feature is only available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 as well as, according to Google, all Lollipop devices launched going forward.
- HD Voice Calling is now included. Devices on compatible carrier networks that support HD Voice will be able to use the feature. Reportedly, this only works with the Nexus 6 for right now.
- Dual-SIM support is now baked right into the OS.
Some features on waiting list
- A true silent mode where notifications come in, alarms act as normal, but the device doesn’t vibrate or ring.
- T-Mobile Nexus 6 users are still waiting for WiFi Calling but that should be coming soon.
- There is still no reboot option. When long pressing the power button, you still only have the option to Power Down.
It is a good time to be a Nexus 6 user. What all you want more out of Android 5.1 Lollipop update?