Android 5.1 Lollipop: What's New and Full Features Change-log

22 March, 2015 Android Lollipop

Lollipop 5.1


Google officially released Android 5.1 Lollipop with many Big fixes to the original 5.0 Build. The New version improves stability and performance and offers a few new features like support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and high definition (HD) voice on compatible phones. You can also Download all Android 5.1 stock Apps APKs to try them.


We gathered a list of the New features and full change-log of this New Android version to make it clear for you. Manufactures (HTC, Samsung, LG... etc) will start developing their firmwares based on this build by Q2,2015 to update their devices.

What's New in Android 5.1 Lollipop ?



1. The LED notification light now works in all modes

notification LED

One of the first new features that we stumbled upon was that the LED notification light now lights up for incoming notifications regardless of what sound mode your phone is in (None, Priority, or All). As you probably know, Android 5.0.x. only allowed the LED to flash in the All mode.

2. Improved Wi-Fi quick toggle


In Android 5.0.x Lollipop, once you tapped on the the text right below the Wi-Fi toggle (which displays the name of the network you're connected to), you were automatically taken to the dedicated Wi-Fi selection menu in Settings. In Android 5.1, tapping the network's name opens a Wi-Fi selection menu directly inside the notification shade.

3. Improved Bluetooth quick toggle

Similar to the Wi-Fi toggle, tapping the text right below the Bluetooth icon will open a dedicated notification shade menu displaying the nearby Bluetooth devices that have been paired with your phone. Have in mind that this new menu doesn't allow you to scan for available devices in order to do so, you'll still have to head on to the Bluetooth menu in Settings. Hence, you don't have to leave your current app in order to switch between your paired Bluetooth devices.

4. Improved lock screen behavior

In Android 5.1, when your device is locked and you swipe down the notification shade, you can unlock your phone by swiping up outside said shade. If you, however, swipe up within the notification settings, your phone will remain locked. That's a subtle change over Android 5.0.x, in which you'll be taken directly to the lock screen regardless whether you swipe from within or outside the expanded quick settings shade.

5. Removable Invert Colors/Wi-Fi Hotspot toggles

If you've been fiddling and tinkering with Android 5.0 Lollipop, you might have inadvertently added two toggles in the quick settings toggle menu - Invert Colors and Wi-Fi Hotspot. This happens by simply trying out these features and unfortunately, once you enable them, you can't remove the respective toggles from the quick settings drawer. Luckily, Android 5.1 allows you to do so once these pop up, just press and hold the respective toggles and once the dialog appears, tap "Hide".

6. More user-friendly screen pinning


The screen pinning feature that debuted with Lollipop comes in handy, but somewhat unfinished and not that user-friendly. In the newest version of the OS, the feature acts just like as it previously did, but enabling it is much more user-friendly. Open the app you want to pin, go to the app switcher, press the pin icon on the first app card, and voila, a better-looking menu will inform you that you are about to pin the given app.

7. Improved heads-up notifications

Once you receive a notification and it pops up right at the top of your display, you can now swipe it up to get rid of the heads-up message but keep the notification itself in the notification bar. In the first Lollipop, you can only swipe it away to the left or right, dismissing both the heads-up message and the notification.

8. No interruptions until next alarm


This is actually a quite handy addition to Priority mode: if you set an alarm, you'll be provided with the option to enable priority mode until the alarm goes off. In our case, we've set an alarm for 4:23 PM and have enabled the newly-included option, meaning that we'll only be interrupted by the priority interruptions that you have previously configured.


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