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Android 5.1 Announced and Official! (Updated)

Android 5.1 has now been announced!

According to a short post provided by Google moments ago, it sounds like they focused on stability and performance with this update, but also tossed in some new features. Support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection, and HD Voice are now supported on compatible phones.

With Device Protection, Google says that someone could steal your phone and factory wipe it, yet it would still remain locked until you signed-in with your Google account. This feature will be available on “most” Android phones that ship with Android 5.1, including the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. 

As for HD Voice, we are talking support for the high-definition voice calls that carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile allow.

Finally, Android 5.1 allows you to join and control Bluetooth and WiFi connections directly from the Quick Settings panel.

No word yet on when it’s rolling out, but I’d imagine we’ll see it hit AOSP very soon (maybe even today). Once that happens, be on the lookout for factory images followed by OTA updates.

Update:  T-Mobile says it’s coming today to Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2013). To grab the OTA .zip URL, follow these instructions.

Update 2:  5.1 factory images for select Nexus devices are now available.

Via:  Android Blog
  • Kree Terry

    I’m hoping Moto was waiting on this to drop before they released HD voice for the moto x 14. Maybe an update is around the corner for us verizon users, hey a kid can dream!

  • F5667

    Android Lollipop 5.1 was first seen in the first Android One phones for Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Oh, the fix for the FREAK vulnerability in Android should be included in a future bugfix version because bad timing (The public reveal of that vulnerability came after the releases of the above-mentioned phones).

  • Broadwaylos

    Calm down turbo owners you will get 5.1 has a update at some point this month that was the reason for the delay

  • sincityjohn44

    Any word on the obnoxious ridiculous priority notifications settings? I just want to be able to turn my phone on silent like any normal user would. Scumbag Google

    • Dan

      It’s not too hard to do. You select, “None” from the menu when you hit the volume key. I guess i can see how difficult it is to push your finger to the screen and select one option. I can see how that can throw your entire day off, by having to do that…….geeezsh People will find the craziest things to complain about.

  • Renard Fiossa

    No Voice over LTE for me and my N5 on Verizon… disappointing, to say the least

    • Tom S

      Do you mean N6 because the N5 doesn’t work in VZW.

      On top of that, VZW needs to flip a switch on their end to enable it for the device.

      • Renard Fiossa

        No I mean N5. I’ve been using it on Verizon’s Band 4 LTE (known to casual users as XLTE) for months now for data only. Yes, my account is provisioned for VoLTE. All the mobile network operator/Google needs to do is give us N5 users an update that enables VoLTE. This is really, really pathetic.

        • Tom S

          The device needs to be certified by Verizon to work with their VoLTE system. You’re using a device that technically was never meant to work on VZW until they bought band 4, so that’s never going to happen.

          • Renard Fiossa

            Finna take it to the Feds

          • Tom S

            They don’t have to certify a device that wasn’t designed to work with their service and even if it was they still have the right to test and certify that it works properly on their VoLTE service. It’s not like you bought the Nexus 5 based on advertising that it would work on VZW’s VoLTE.

            When the N5 was released, VZW didn’t even have the rights to the 1700/2100 AWS band, so the phone would never have worked at all on VZW.

            You found a loophole and you’re going to whine about it?

          • Renard Fiossa

            Technical standards ≠ arbitrary tests instituted by Verizon Wireless FWIW

          • Tom S

            You’ve obviously not spent much time around computers, then. For instance, all RAM DIMMs have to conform to JEDEC specifications. However, it’s not entirely uncommon to buy some RAM and have it not work with a motherboard. That’s why when you go to a lot of motherboard manufacturer sites there’s actually an approved list of DIMM models, and just because one model from a manufacturer is approved doesn’t guarantee that another model will even work.

          • Renard Fiossa

            That’s legitimate.
            LTE, IMS and requirements the FCC sets for radio emissions are also legitimate.
            Verizon’s certification process is used as a way to play favouritism with devices (i.e., ones that could very well make them bleed a measly few dollars)

          • Tom S

            Funny thing is, I looked at your past postings… You keep calling VZW “Whorizon”. Why are you even on VZW if you’re going to complain endlessly about them? Why don’t you take your N5 to a provider that gives you what you want instead of trying to make a device work on a provider it was never meant to?

          • Renard Fiossa

            You act like I live in an area where mobile network operators compete. WTF

          • Tom S

            AT&T is pretty decent around here, even though I am on VZW.

  • Tristan Morris

    Paving the way for VoLTE on vzw

  • kaw14
  • Jeremy

    Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2012 factory images are up!

  • callumshell1

    Still waiting for 5 on my LG G2.

    cmon lg i thought you were cool

  • tech247

    Pretty jacked up that most are still waiting for 5.0 yet 5.1 is announced!!!

    • Red

      You think that Google should wait until everyone is updated to one version before they drop the next? Wanna think about that for about five seconds??

  • llobak

    Did they fix the memory leak issue? Else it’ll be not useable

  • Chris Knepper

    What phone is that? It looks like a Nexus 5, iPhone 4, and a Gnex somehow all had a baby together

  • B Brad

    Does this deliver the promised wifi calling on t-mobile?

  • Ganzúas

    Come on, guys, it’s time to unlock and root your phones. Send from Lollipop HTC ville. 😉

  • ChrisI

    Great news! Good thing my Note 3 just got the 5.0 update. I’ll be getting this puppy by November 2015 then!

  • James Cooper

    cm12 for moto x 2014 is coming along nicely, looking forward to the ASOP.

  • OF

    Google is pushing out versions faster than OEMs can update their phones.

    • Joey Sandoval

      Not googles fault lol.

  • TurboDude

    So will the Turbo Finally get LP!!!

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Probably in 3-5 months.

      • TurboDude

        That sucks. Not that my Turbo is running bad, it runs great but I would just really want something that is made to run ART.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I am hopeful it is much sooner, but I’m being realistic.

  • ckeegan

    Really hoping this is what Moto has been waiting for in terms of updating the Turbo.

  • somad

    My galaxy note 3 Verizon still stuck with kit kat 🙁 thanx to Verizon

  • droidrazredge

    Nexus 4 is going on 3 years old and still getting OTA updates! Gotta love the continued support for older phones longer than the 18 month support window.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      18 months is the minimum, not maximum. As long as there’s no hardware issues I don’t see why they wouldn’t update older devices to newer versions of Android.

      • droidrazredge

        oh all this time I was under the impression that the 18 month window was their maximum amount of update support. That’s great to hear as I just got a Nexus 6! It makes sense now as to why I kept seeing the Nexus 4 get timely updates.

  • CoolSilver

    support for multiple sim cards… like more than one slot? Google Wireless and T-Mobile.

  • kyomaru

    Wonder if I’ll be getting it on my Nexus 10. Guess I’ll just wait.

  • tomn1ce

    Alright that means that I’ll be getting Android 5.1 by the end of the year on my vzw Note 3….hooray, hooray, hooray….wait a minute by then I should have the Note 5 with 5.1 on it.

    • Infolite

      I think you mean 5.0 on the Note 5 and 5.1 available Q2 of 2016 “at least”.

  • Old Homeless Guy

    Nobody cares!

    Apple Watch for me

  • Steve

    Who cares? The vast majority of phones don’t even have 5.0 yet.

    • Menger40

      Nexus owners care! And there are a lot of us here.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      The vast majority of Nexus owners have 5.0. That’s all I care about.

  • mcdonsco

    When can we expect images? Anyone know?

    Also, my nexus 6 is rooted and I did the decrypt thing, anyone know if I can just adb the image (once available) over that?

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      Who knows? Hopefully someone will capture the OTA url.

  • droidrazredge

    Android 5.1 and Verizon VoLTE compatibility in the same week for my Nexus 6. If you’d told me this would happen in the first week of march I’d not have believed it! This will be the best week ever.

    • lol

      Its week two.

  • Disqo Stu

    T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling on the N5 let’s go!!

    • billy

      that would be pretty great.

  • droidrazredge

    Time to give my finger a workout by pushing the check for updates button.

  • Jerry Huster

    So maybe I’m being dumb… but does this mean if we have the Nexus 6 and it DIDN’T ship with 5.1, but rather 5.0, we won’t get Device Protection?? “This feature will be available on “most” Android phones that ship with Android 5.1, including the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.”

    • jodiac

      May be it meant that all the device that come out with 5.1 will have it and also all the Nexus 6,9s that came out with or without the 5.1 update

      • Jerry Huster

        Maybe…although I’d certainly feel better with clarification about that.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    fix my n5s memory leak oh holy update! No more listening to music OR surfing on the web…

  • patt

    So with 5.1 even factory reset won’t do nothing without entering google account? Same like with icloud ? If yes then I am happy!

    • CHRIS42060

      “…won’t do nothing…” so you mean it will do something?

      • patt

        Meaning thief won’t be able to do anything..

    • Andrew

      I think that requires hardware support so only the newer devices will stay locked after a factory reset.

      • patt

        I hope not even old ass iPhone 4 with iOS 7 can be locked! 🙂

  • I’m so jealous of the Google dialer, Every Android phones dialer should look and function with search the same way it does on the Nexus. I don’t know why it does’nt

    • billy

      I wish I could use the Google dialer to make Hangouts GV calls. The Hangouts dialer is pretty awful.

      • JSo

        You can. You have to set it up in the Google Voice app.

        • billy

          You can’t make outgoing Hangouts VOIP calls, can you? Last I checked, using GV with the regular dialer uses voice minutes instead of data. I’m fairly certain that hasn’t changed.

          • JSo

            Ah, you meant the calling over wifi that Hangouts uses. I misunderstood. No, I don’t think you can do that. Just the normal way that it has been. I have unlimited minutes though so I never looked into any sort of WiFi calling.

          • Paul Hansen

            You can make outgoing VOIP calls that use data instead of minutes ever since they added the dialer to hangouts. If you use your main android dialer it will use minutes.

        • droidrazredge

          Does this still work if you merged Hangouts and Google Voice ? Or is this in the old Google Voice setting ? I would like to use the Google dialer to make hangouts calls ? Could you explain how I would set this up please.

          • JSo

            As billy pointed out, it’s not the same as the Hangouts calling over a WiFi or data connection. You can use the dialer to make/receive calls from your Google Voice number but I guess it uses the minutes on your plan just like normal calls.

          • droidrazredge

            Ah alright I see. Thanks though! Would be nice if it could do this as well.

          • John

            False.

      • TylerCameron

        But Google Voice calls suck. I’ve always heard the latency is awful. I guess it’s alright if you only have 100 minutes.

        • StargateNH

          I also cant stand the poor latency of the calls on GV.

        • billy

          Hangouts VOIP calls are a little buggy, but they work for me. I don’t really make many calls. My biggest complaint is the garbage Bluetooth quality on my phone, but it’s nice to have an option that won’t use any of my 100 minutes if I need to sit in on a conference call or something. For $30 a month… ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Zach Cline

      Manufacturer overlays

    • Character0

      Makes me wonder if the HD Voice integration will work out of the box with Verizon. Its missing the Video buttons.

  • Carl Bacchus

    Had a feeling it would be announced toady can’t wait for it on my n5

  • Andrew Knighton

    No multi window 🙁

    • rodney11ride

      With you on this… Freaking disappointed… May slip card back into note 4… But I don’t wanna

  • eric

    very excited for the wifi & bluetooth quick setting toggles!

  • eric

    yay! maybe my nexus5 will no longer have wifi authentication issues

  • Zach Cline

    Good thing i’ve got a nexus 6

    • Fiorta

      Word

  • cozybop

    Bring back the ticker style notifications, I’m sick and tired of the Apple style heads up notifications. If they do that, will give a damn.

  • Princesation

    I just wanna be able to go online while on a phone call… I hate tethering to my phone and everything stops working just cause I get a call

  • Tom S

    Moto X-14, PLEASE!

    • trixnkix637

      Whoa whoa hold your horses… 2013 Moto X’s should get this first lol.

      • nerotix

        You on a crack? An older phone receiving update over a newer phone? less crack bro.

      • Tom S

        The X-13’s problem is the unique chipset config. Might take a bit.

  • Menger40

    I realize having to restart your phone every couple days is a total first world problem, but I am so excited for the end of the SytemUI memory leak. Gimme dat factory image, Google.

    • billy

      Has there been confirmation that this has been fixed? I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

      • Menger40

        Why not?

        • billy

          To avoid the crushing disappointment when it turns out that Google still doesn’t think this bug is a big deal and your phone is still crippled. I mean, I love most things about Lollipop on my N5, but we’ve been waiting for this fix for months. I could be totally off base but at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

          • Menger40

            Haha–I figured since they’ve known about the issue for so long there’s no way they won’t include in a fix in this update. Either way, we’ll know soon.

          • Menger40

            I have 33 hours of uptime on 5.1 and my RAM usage is sitting at 34% right now. That’s a big improvement over 5.0.1! 😀

  • Zach Galifianexus

    Changelog or it didn’t happen.

    • Tom S

      I liked that cuz of your name. LOL

      • Zach Galifianexus

        Lol thanks

  • ejtsang

    Biggest tech news of the day! (to me anyway lol)

    • Miguel

      Wait, what time or when there was even other news worthy today?

    • Adam Marr

      I would have agreed, if they had deigned to fix the Android L volume control issue with this release. The fact that I have to go all the way into sound and volume in the settings menu when the volume I want to change isn’t the one android has decided I need to see it beyond one of the most annoying things for me about L. Such as when I’m watching media on the tablet while streaming chromecast for the kids, or want to turn down the media volume before I kick off media, like at night when the wife is asleep. Guess I just need to stop being a lazy punk and see if I can find a 3rd party app to fix this…

  • Jaxon Wright

    NO MORE MEMORY LEAK! GET THIS TO MY MOTO X NOW, MOTOROLA

    not whoops caps

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Is the occurring on the n6 because I haven’t noticed any issues with my phone at all. Although I am running cleanrom 1.5

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Back to the drawing board for us Verizon Turbo owners

    • guest

      N6 ftw, you could have boght N6

  • Suicide_Note

    It’s about freakin’ time.

    • droidrazredge

      Android 5.1 and Verizon compatibility in the same week for my Nexus 6!! This is the best week ever.

  • Ben Udkow

    Is it compatible with the new Apple Watch the skateboarding kids and marathon runners are all abuzz about?

  • Chris Hilbert

    What about Wifi calling and/or VoLTE?

    • Tylar Overturf

      I would think HD Voice means VoLTE

  • BlynkOfAnEye

    obligatory pissy “EFF YOU I haven’t even gotten 5.0 on my (insert phone model here)!!!” comment

    • Nathan Borup

      Moto X 2013

      • Mr Mop

        Ditto

      • Same…

      • 4n1m4L

        Yup. Damn that x8 soc.

    • Xious

      Droid Turbo here. A generation newer than the MotoX 1st gen and still haven’t received Lollipop.

      • Patmw123

        If quick OTA software updates were super important to you, you shouldn’t have bought the Turbo.

        • Xious

          I had the MotoX 2014 but thought I would enjoy the battery in the Turbo a little better. The battery is great but not worth the lack of updates and the STUPID capacitive buttons. I miss my MotoX (I had both the 2013 and 2014).

          • Patmw123

            Be glad you have the battery life that you do. I’m sure a lot of Moto X 2013 and 2014 owners would rather have the battery capacity than the Lollipop update. I’m sure the Turbo will receive 5.1 in a timely manner.

          • ACL

            Moto X 2014 owner here. No problem with battery life. Please keep all things “Droid” branded away.

          • Patmw123

            I agree – I have a nexus 6. The Turbo’s battery life is still much, much better than the X’s.

          • malcmilli

            as someone who moved on from the nexus 4 and bought an LG G3, the updates were nice, but the battery life is much better.

        • Eric Harper

          I bought the Turbo because at the time of purchase, Motorola was still a Google owned company.

          • Character0

            Actually Motorola was sold to Lenovo on the day the Turbo was released.

      • StargateNH

        I also have the Turbo, but with all the bugs in 5.0, Im am OK with the wait in this case. First time I’ve ever said that. And thats after 2 years of Root/ROM on my old Samsung GS3 where I always wanted the newest version.

      • Mr Mop

        If it makes you feel any better, the Moto Turbo (Droid Turbo in India) is shipping with Lollipop.

    • TC Infantino

      F you! I haven’t even gotten 5.0 on my Droid Turbo yet!!!
      Hopefully the 5.1 is what addresses all the issues and will be what is pushed to all the devices from the last two years.

  • VAVA Mk2

    Can I haz apk plz?

    • Suicide_Note

      I think you’re looking for Android Police.

      • VAVA Mk2

        Haha was just joking 🙂

    • Miguel

      There’s no apz for daz…

    • An APK for an OS upgrade?

      • VAVA Mk2

        Sarcasm

  • Joseph A. Yager

    Gimme that!