Here’s what’s new in Android 5.1 Lollipop


2014 was a tough year for Google’s Android OS. With the coming of Android Lollipop, Android geeks and fans out there were swarming all around the Internet, checking if they’ve got the latest update yet. Some people were so eager (I’m one of them) that they installed a Lollipop Custom ROM on their Android device. However, for the really lucky Android users, who got the Lollipop update as an OTA, it was quite easy to get hands on it. But with a lot of Material Design, and a lot of toast animations in Android Lollipop, Google didn’t bother to check for some significant bugs. But the Android Lollipop users didn’t give up any hope, even though the bugs were quite noticeable and significant! Later last week, Google unveiled its latest and sweetest update to Android, which is the Android Lollipop 5.1 update. The ‘Point-One’ update doesn’t seem to bring about significant changes in the OS, does it? Well, to be quite frank, it does! And all of the really frustrating bugs that users faced in Android Lollipop 5.0 are now vanished! As you all know, the 5.1 update hasn’t been released worldwide, so we know the little but significant details on the bug-fixes and new features in Android 5.1 Lollipop. Here’s a list of the most common bugs which users faced in Android 5.0, Lollipop, which have now been fixed with the new update of Android 5.1, Lollipop.

New Animations

Android Lollipop was known for its crisp toast Material Designed applications already, and Android 5.1 just brought new and more awesome animations! For example, the Auto-Rotate toggle in Quick Settings has got a new and toasty animation now! Some minor icons, and animations like that of in the Stock Clock animation have been updated.

New ‘Interruption’ Mode

The best highlight of Android Lollipop was to disable ‘interruptions’ in system sounds with just a tap. But many users faced issues with it. For example, when they set and alarm, and enabled the Interruption mode, the alarm was silenced too, and there was no way of letting the alarm ring alone. However, in Android 5.1, Lollipop, Google has brought about the change in this, by adding an exception for alarms.

This new update lets the notifications enter your Notification bar, but without any sound. You’ll be able to see your notification light blink. Also, to help the Android newbies out there, this new update has enabled the icons of No Interruption and Priority Modes sit right beside your Status bar!

You now can access the System Volume settings right from the application you are using. You just need to tap the ‘Bell’ icon in order to do so!

Quick Settings Tweaks

The little updates also brought about really useful changes in Android Lollipop, 5.1! You now can enable/disable quick toggles like WiFi and Bluetooth right from your notification bar! If that amount of convenience wasn’t enough, well, you can even choose a WiFi or Bluetooth network of your desire from your quick toggles screen! Simple, right?

Screen Pinning Improvements

The only best thing that us Android Lollipop users wanted in this not-so-major update was ‘clear’ instructions for the Screen-Pinning application! Yes, even a total geek like me couldn’t figure it out until I played with it for a little while! And yes, you now get crystal clear information and steps on how to enable Screen Pinning, and most importantly, how to disable it! You can now hand down your Android Lollipop device to your kids without the hassle in thinking about your kids making calls ‘accidentally’!

Other Minor Tweaks

Some of the other minor, but important and useful tweaks that brought about a change in Android 5.1, Lollipop are as follows:

  • You can now hide the heads-up notifications that you receive instead of totally dismissing them!
  • You can now call other people with true-HD calling facilities! Note that only specific carriers are compatible at this moment!
  • The whole Memory-Leak glitch has been fixed, meaning a lot of low-end Android devices will also be getting constant Lollipop updates!
  • For advance Android users, the Dual-SIM functionality is now backed right into the OS.

This was it! These were all of the significant changes that took place in the Android 5.1, Lollipop update! If this article helped you, make sure you click the Like button on top, and also make sure to subscribe to our news-feed. If you have any queries regarding this article, feel free to leave a comment below!

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It all started in the 7th grade - first ROM flashed on the Samsung Galaxy Ace. This was a turning point in Adnan's life. Since then, hr has flashed over a million ROMs, added significant amount of tweaks, and has also rooted several Android devices. Adnan specifically admires Stock Android.
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