More or less a month ago, Google released an update to Android Lollipop that came along with the releases of Android One devices, named Android 5.1. Today, I just received an OTA (over-the-air) update on my Google Nexus 5, prompting me to update.
New features should include:
- Support for multiple SIM cards – the new update now lets you use more than one SIM card on a device with multiple SIM slots.
- Device Protection – your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account – even if someone resets your device to factory settings. According to the page it will be available on most Android devices that run Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
- High-definition voice calling – as the name suggests, voice calls should be clearer when two phones running Android 5.1 call each other.
So far, I can test none of these features since I don’t know people who run Android 5.1 nor does any Nexus 5 support multiple SIM cards. However, one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed was the improved quick settings – I can now look for WiFi connections and Bluetooth devices through the notification bar without going through the settings app.
Expect the update to reach your Nexus devices very soon, but if you can’t wait, you may flash the factory images that are already available, but you’ll have to backup your data first.