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Everything You Need To Know About The Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

As of Monday, the new Lollipop update is officially out and about. Looks like the update is currently rolling out to early-release Android One devices in Indonesia, and we can expect it worldwide within a couple days’ time.

If you’d like to max out your chances to get the update as soon as possible, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update and get busy mashing that button. Motorola phones, Nexus devices, and Google Play Editions will be first in line, so be patient if you have some other kind of device.

Upgrading to Android 5.1 brings with it extra stability and a healthy handful of cool new features.

Remember all the sweetness of the previous Lollipop update: Android 5.0 Lollipop Key Features: What’s New, Folks?

One of the most useful is the introduction of support for more than one SIM card. If you’re a frequent traveler, or if you have separate SIMs for work and personal stuff, you already know what a pain it is to constantly switch between these tiny, easily-misplaced doohickeys.

It’s also a godsend for those who share their phone with another family member – now you can swap between accounts and keep your SIM card data separate without having to futz with the card. It’s a super common practice in developing countries like India and Indonesia, primary markets for the Android One. Of course, you’ll need a ‘droid that supports dual cards to make use of the feature.

Device Protection has been upgraded as well. In the unfortunate case that your poor Android gets lost or stolen, it will now remain locked until you sign in with your Google account. That will hold true even if some jerk does a factory reset – they still won’t be able to get in without your credentials.

Good old-fashioned voice calls have been boosted into High-Def. HD Voice makes calling between compatible Android 5.1 devices crystal clear. Remember that Can you hear me now? guy? Hope he didn’t quit his day job.

We get a few extra goodies in the Lollipop stocking, like improved ability to join Wi-Fi networks and efficient control of any paired Bluetooth devices from Quick Settings.

Bugs have been fixed left and right. The battery and RAM are now managed more efficiently, a few issues with the OK Google function have been squared up, and glitchy notifications have been solved. It’s overall a more stable, friendly OS.

Finally – and most importantly? – we get brand spankin’ new clock animations (plus a few other aesthetic changes, including the look and feel of the Contacts section and a new volume interface). Lookin’ sexy.

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Video from Android Police

Know anyone with the Android 5.1 Lollipop update yet? Are you excited about this one, or is it just me? That clock really has me going, boy. Let’s enthuse in the comments.

Everything You Need To Know About The Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

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