Android 5.1 Lollipop update: Features and compatibility notes

Android 5.1 Lollipop is here, as Google released the update to its most-recent operating system and while many users still don’t have Android 5.0 – there are some great new features associated with the update that will make even more Android users jealous of those who don’t have the latest-and-greatest. The features that are included are some that have had many users looking for an update since the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop – but never were included.

Device Protection

The addition of Device Protection means that users who don’t want their phones stolen and then reactivated won’t have to worry about having the device in front of them to prevent the thief from actually compromising the device or any of the information that is on it. Users have wanted this type of feature for some time, similar to what is found on iPhone’s, but Google never had delivered this feature previously. The only downside to this feature is that it’s only available in very select devices.


Multiple SIM Support

Interestingly, Android has added support to multiple SIM cards – which is both unique, and somewhat interesting. That being said, while it’s an innovative feature – it isn’t one that is supported in all markets yet. That makes the feature less impressive in terms of actual use – but still the support is good because it’s just one more feature to add to the list for Android.

HD Voice Calling

The addition of HD Voice Calling is something that many Android users were incredibly excited about, but ultimately will only get to experience if they have a qualifying device. The Nexus devices will have the ability to carry HD Voice Calling, but it would appear as though the latest in terms of Android smartphones for 2015 won’t feature that bit of technology.

Compatible Devices

Right now, it would appear as though just the Nexus 6 and 9 will receive the update. However, Google has made it clear that the Nexus 5 and 7 will be quick to follow and will receive the update in an OTA update sooner than later. Other than that, unfortunately, it looks like Google won’t be jumping through any great number of hoops to get the update to devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9.

Smaller Updates

One major disappointment with the update is the fact that there will still not be a “Silent Mode.” While many users take silent mode for granted on their mobile device, Android still hasn’t included integration with that. However, some other volume controls – and a better method for connecting to Wi-Fi are two exciting updates that are coming with Android 5.1 Lollipop.