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Android 5.1 brings HD voice, dual SIM support and more

Android 5.1 brings HD voice, d...
Today Google announced Android 5.1, a minor update to Lollipop
Today Google announced Android 5.1, a minor update to Lollipop
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It's been more than four months since Android 5.0 Lollipop launched alongside the Nexus 9 tablet, and today Google officially announced the first (somewhat) significant update to it, Android 5.1.

While there aren't any headline-grabbing new features here (those are surely being held back for Google I/O later this year), Android 5.1 does have a few new goodies in store, including support for multiple SIM cards and HD voice, and better protection for lost or stolen devices.

Multi-SIM phones are practically unheard of in the US, but are much more popular in Asian countries. With the 5.1 update, Android now supports dual (or tri-, etc.) SIM phones natively, without any third-party OEMs add-ons needed.

Android 5.1 also brings "Device Protection," which, if you lose your device, will lock it out to anyone who doesn't have your Google login info – even after performing a factory reset.

Native HD voice calling
Native HD voice calling

Native HD voice calling is also added in Android 5.1, offering higher quality voice calls (yes, your phone can still make those) – as long as both parties are using compatible phones and carriers.

The 5.1 update also includes performance and stability improvements, as well as minor tweaks like the ability to join a Wi-Fi network or control Bluetooth-paired devices straight from the Quick Settings pull-down menu.

As always, Nexus devices owners should see the update first, with phones that have manufacturer skins (like those from Samsung, HTC, LG and so on) likely coming much later on.

Source: Google

2 comments
Chizzy
hooray! i hope it fixes the memory leak problem. i have to turn my nexus off and back on at least once a day when the tablet free ram sinks low, and wont clear even when i close/clear apps. never had that problem with kitkat, it would run for weeks at a time withou being turned off. (nexus 7 2013)
pmshah
"Multi-SIM phones are practically unheard of in the US, but are much more popular in Asian countries." You practically can't find a single sim phone any more. This is true for even phones costing under $40/=
@chizzy Now that your tablet is past warranty period it might be time to root it. The amount of flexibility and management features that you would get are phenomenal. If you read the rooting guide and follow the instructions precisely you should not have any problems. I have scheduled my Galaxy Grand (i-9082) and Nexus 7 (2012) to reboot at 03:00 everyday and that solved a lot of things for me.
I need to use my mobile only outdoors in bright light. An app called "Invert" makes the screen clearly visible which otherwise is impossible. The list goes on.