Here is some good news for owners of Nexus devices. Google has confirmed that the latest iteration of the Android Lollipop mobile operating system is already rolling out for the Nexus 4 smartphones, the Nexus 5 smartphones, and the 2013 Nexus 7 tablets offered by T-Mobile.
For the Nexus 4 smartphone, T-Mobile's web page for the device cites that the Android 5.1 update is being deployed as an over the air (OTA) installation through Wi-Fi as of Monday. This same information is displayed in the carrier's web pages for the Nexus 5 smartphone and the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet, but the updates for these devices will be rolled out through a cellular connection at a later date.
Those who purchased their Nexus devices from Sprint will be delighted to know that according to the carrier's support page, Android 5.1 is available for the Nexus 6 smartphone as of Wednesday through an OTA update. Sprint's page does mention though that the updates for the Nexus 6 may be deployed in separate stages, which means that owners of the Nexus 6 may not get their arrives immediately and may have to wait for a few days. Plus, the carrier also confirmed that Android 5.1 is also being deployed via OTA for the Nexus 5 device.
What can users expect from the latest updated version of Android Lollipop? Of course, there are the usual bug fixes on the mobile operating system, and a few tweaks that promises improvements in terms of processing performance and stability.
There are however a few new features that should be useful for Android users. Chief among these new features is an enhanced security protocol for lost or even stolen Android devices. Even if the device is reset back to its original factory settings, a user will still be required to sign in with the original Google account. For now, this new security feature will be made available for the Nexus 6 smartphone as well as the Nexus 9 tablet. But other devices that come installed with Android 5.1 should possess this feature.
Also, another feature of Android 5.1 allows users to connect to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device more quickly by way of the Quick Settings menu. Those who use handsets capable of carrying more than one SIM card will be able to switch between multiple cards without the need to physically swap them out. As for those who tend to make a lot of calls, the new high-definition voice calling update in Android 5.1 should be very welcome news.
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