Google has officially announced Android 5.1 Lollipop for select Nexus devices that include Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Google originally launched Android 5.0 Lollipop in November, and it was one of the most highly-anticipated operating systems that have ever been on any mobile device. It was seen as a total overhaul – and featured some great improvements that made Google’s Android competitive again, especially as iOS began catching up. While Apple has had a ton of success, they were picking up ground on Google – before the launch of Android 5.0 – but the launch did not quite go as well as many were hoping.
Ultimately, users were hoping that more devices would be included – and that lengthy timelines would be followed – but now it would appear as though select devices are getting moved up to Android 5.1 Lollipop after very few devices have been moved up to Android 5.0. The updates that are coming with Android 5.1 Lollipop aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but they are positive improvements nonetheless.
Today though, the updated version of Android Lollipop will roll out on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, and eventually will be inclusive of nearly all Nexus devices. Though nothing seems certain on that front. It’s interesting because some of the features that are included with the update – like HD voice calling between compatible Android 5.1 devices – is really a limited feature given the fact that so few devices will even feature Android 5.1
Device Protection, as well as Multi-SIM Card Support – also will only be available on select devices, and really won’t even be available on the Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 – which is a bit of a shock to some users since they are the best-of-the-best when it comes to Android smartphones in 2015. Again, the update certainly isn’t a bad thing – and it lays some fantastic groundwork for the company – but that doesn’t by any means make the update one that will really be a game changer for Android users.
Right now, Google has to be significantly more concerned about getting Android 5.0 Lollipop onto more devices and on a broader range of devices. There are still way too many devices out there that feature older operating systems – and as more developers work on apps that are geared for Lollipop – they’re going steadily to alienate more and more of their users. Google is onto something with this update – but there are other concerns that the company has to address now.