Google has announced the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop, which will help address some of the bugs and issues with Android 5.0, as well as also adding a number of new features.
Whilst most of the changes to Google’s OS occur under the hood, there are a couple of noticeable updates, which according to Google should help to improve user experience.
As part of Android 5.1, users will now be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device without having to open another menu.
Android 5.1 also offers improved security for lost or stolen devices, as users will need to sign in with their original Google account, even if the device has received a factory reset.
There is a handy new feature for those users with dual SIM devices, as you’ll now be able to easily switch, without physically swapping the cards over.
Other new additions include HD voice calling, updated animations at the top of the clock app and improvements to the system volume settings, which include a ‘No Interruptions Mode’ which is perhaps as close as we’re ever going to get a silent mode – the lack of which has been a gripe amongst new users.
Google has already started rolling out the updates on its 2013 Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices and if you own any of these you may well have already received the OTA update.
Whilst bug fixes and improvements to usability are welcomed, Android 5.1 Lollipop still doesn’t provide users with two of possibly the most obvious features you would expect on a mobile device: a true silent mode and an option to restart the device, rather the only being able to power off.
Source: Android Official Blog
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