Google officially announces Android 5.1 Lollipop

by XB on 9th March 2015

in Android

CaptureGoogle has today formally unveiled Android 5.1 Lollipop, confirming that the update is now rolling to Nexus devices. New features include multiple SIM card support, Device Protection and high definition (HD) voice along with the usual stability and performance improvements.

Device Protection is one of the most important features, as it will provide better security against stolen devices. If your Android phone is stolen, the phone will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, (even if the phone is reset to factory settings). However, it’s unclear what would happen if a thief tried to flash a new ROM.

Sony has included high definition voice in past updates, giving users HD voice calling quality between compatible handsets. Obviously it will be a while, before we see this update on Sony Xperia devices – first things first, let’s get Android 5.0 rolling.


  • Ali Bach-Tobji

    Hope one day in 2016 we will be waiting for lollipop 5.1 and google will announce android 6 :p

  • CopperStew

    maybe 2017

  • i want lollipop

  • Ali Bashar H


  • Rodney

    Hmm, 5.1 announced and 5.0 is still on 3%… seems like all Google’s efforts to fight Android fragmentation failed miserably.

  • Sweggity

    Slow clap for Sony…

  • Ketan Mhatre

    Now is too late. how much time we still waiting?

  • Niek van Rijswijk

    Maybe Sony was waiting on 5.1 to release the lolipopp update? Probally not, but one can hope :)

  • Edrei Ramírez

    Here we go again… -.-

  • jakobd.

    I hope the Z3 camera and autofocus are much better with lollipop

  • Ali Bach-Tobji

    We can only hope, it make us alive !!

  • Muhammad Hassan

    words from my broken heart “SHAME ON YOU SONY ”
    for making the hell fun of us

  • Vasilis K.

    Seems like Lolipop was a fail after all… at least the 5.0.x…

  • Vasilis K.

    Since we’ve waiting for so long, I’d suggest waiting a little bit more and Sony gives us straight the 5.1. There’s no point of having the faulty 5.0.

  • bilomar

    I don’t even care anymore about lollipop. I’m tired of waiting for Sony to release it “soon”

  • omg_wtf_afk_brb

    Meanwhile in Sony

  • Indashio

    Windows 8 Windows 8.1 and 10 sucess Next android 5, 5.1= 6 success Microsoft curse also in google.

  • Gustav Salazar Vazquez

    Good Job Sony. None of your devices have lollipop and we have been waiting 4 months.

  • I’m having problems with Album app! :/ I can´t create collages or move photos to other folders. The option does not appear at all : / Any help?

  • apolloa

    And this announcement has nothing to do with Apples release of iOS 8.2 today then… But I find it almost insulting that this story has been posted as we are waiting for our Android 5 updates on our Xperia Z products.

  • christere

    No but it will be 5.02 though,

  • Kravtiger

    I love my Z3 and it works perfectly with kitkat but come on Sony it’s time to up your game. Like someone has already said, hopefully this is a good thing, maybe Sony has been waiting for this before they give us lollipop as they knew it had bugs. Fingers crossed!

  • Stanley08

    2017, We are waiting! :)

  • Kravtiger

    How do you know this?

  • king
  • GigaSPX

    I don’t see the big hype for 5.1.
    1. I don’t know the deal with multi sim support if I could just swap sims freely on my unlocked phone.
    2. Device protection, sounds like a hassle thing Apple has with all their latest iOS. Makes it a ***** to resell because of the software hassle.
    3. What’s the difference? I’m just waiting on “HD Voice” from Verizon because of the absence of simultaneous voice and data on my phone. :|

  • Amel_Marie

    We’ll get lollipop tomorrow or next week on wednesday. Please fix your camera along with lollipop.

  • so where

    How do you know?

  • Amel_Marie

    I Hope…

  • Leo

    Android 5 is rolling out, soon we will receive it ota.

  • so where

    not holding my breath.

  • z2 ly

    Good news ^^

  • z2 ly

    Hot news

  • so where

    Lol. Bless your soul.

  • mountain

    1. Already supported in Z3 dual
    2. Should be useful
    3. HD voice has been supported since Xperia T. The latest Z3 update also bought VoLTE.

    As usual, Sony’s development team is always way ahead of Google, so lets see what new features will 5.0 or even 5.1 will bring.

  • shenoy

    If I am correct my Arc had HD voice.

  • Benjamin Levy

    Here’s the article that goes with the photo:

    The article says that’s the schedule for India, but others should follow soon.

  • xConjo

    Yes, HD Voice has been on xperia phones since 2011 (not sure if all of them though) My Neo V also had it.
    Android 5.1 doesn’t bring much for Sony users, at least not the highlighted features.

  • Gustav Salazar Vazquez

    The fail is from samsung, lg, htc..etc. They should update their phones at least in 2 months after google release an update

  • YuuriAyano

    I just HOPE they fixed the memory bug plaguing a lot of 5.0 users.

  • Sakee Alam

    And SONY is still sucking, can’t deliver Android 5.0

  • sriram

    Crazy when the android world is moving ahead sony is still behind failing to keep up with thier own words. Bought the z3 thinking that it’s thier current flagship series and sony will pull up with the update… But errrrr they are still holding up and guess what sony Android 5.1 is up.. And you are going to give us a old update again. No wonder sony is the lower half.. After the vaio fiasco I think sony mobile is next.

  • Hieu Nguyen is full of crap. none of their news articles have any truth to them and they’re notorious for creating fake images

  • Zohaib

    Sony no matter what happened with 5.0 update
    But Please try to give 5.1 update as soon as possible…….

  • I hope sony skips 5.0 and goes for 5.1 directly.

  • jag

    Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: So sieht Android Lollipop aus (MWC2015):

    It’s in Non English language but still can understand. The lollipop UI looks good. And all the animation transition are great also. I hope the update rolls out sooner so the whiners club will stop already. Haha! Peace!

  • en

    Go to folders,then press+hold a pic/pics for a bit until it’s selected, then click the 3dot menu on upper right side choose “move to” option.

  • rus_media

    You want them struggle for another year and postpone Lollipop till 2016(Soon)???

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Iam jusy wishing xperia z4 will comes with ios9 .. :-)

  • IshuZ2

    soon we Z2 users will be cursing SONY for not giving 5.1 to Z2.

  • Ismail Rizvi

    when the hell are you going to release the android L for my sony z2 tired of waiting. I have been a sony customer for long now am pissed coz of Android L coming out so late. hate this sony developers good for nothing.

  • Snorky112

    Sony Kitkat is better thant Stock Lollipop

  • Snorky112

    sony has better software than any other brand, sony kitkat is better than other lollipop, you’ll have lollipop later but when you have it you’ll have the best one, then other brands will have to wait for 6.0 to beat sony, just don’t look at numbers, iOS 8 isn’t bettter than Android 5 just because 8 > 5

  • Arthur Ho

    And you probably will get it by end of 2016 or might be early of 2017 for the 5.1 update

  • Jaissal S

    OK Let’s not worry about 5.1 for the moment. Yes, lets focus on the rolling out of 5.0.x. I’m looking forward to the refreshed feeling Lollipop will give my Z1.

  • rygarto

    You hardly know what you’re talking about.
    Lollipop 5.0 was a lemon much like windows 8.0, hence the quick upgrade to 5.1.
    Early adopters had been protesting the poor experience from day one.

  • Nope. 4.4 is very popular and its not the oldest.

  • Fempter

    When on Xperia Z2?

  • TimmY

    That is why it’s best you have patience and wait.

  • Amel_Marie

    As a z3 user, i feel sad reading this news

  • sriram

    Doesn’t make much sense if we have to wait for ages to get a release since it will already be an aged software. And releasing a software months later is going to ruin sony brand image afterall. Apple is way different. They promise a date and stick to it. Also they make sure all thier ccustomers get the update the same date where in the customers have to choose if they wanna update or not. You cannot wait for Google to release 5.1 till you release lollipop.

  • OSagnostic

    The added feature in 5.1 are not that important, but the bug fixes are.

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  • Tochi Nwodu

    Sincerely after the long awaited lollipop

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Seriously failed

  • Tochi Nwodu

    It does same as mw600 android is getting as confused as Samsung

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