Android 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop Walkthrough: What’s New

For those that want to see what’s new in Android 5.1 Lollipop you can see the changes in our 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop walkthrough below. While most changes are small and under the hood, non-visible to users, there are still many nice additions in Android 5.1 Lollipop worth knowing about that we’ll detail for those interested.

This Android 5.1 walkthrough shows off some of the new features and animations integrated into Android 5.1, although most are on stock Android, but you’ll want to check out the Nexus 6 review below to learn more about Android Lollipop as a whole, as it goes over a lot more than just the new changes in 5.1 Lollipop.

Read: Nexus 6 Review

The Android 5.0 Lollipop release date arrived on November 3rd with the Nexus 9 launch, and roughly a month later Google finally started pushing out updates to Nexus owners a few weeks later. Since then they delivered 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 to fix bugs, then a bigger Android 5.1 Lollipop update started rolling out earlier this month with lots of changes you should be aware of.

Use this guide to Downgrade Android 5.0+ to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Now that Android 5.1 Lollipop is out and in the wild, rolling out to owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, 9, and Nexus 10, users will want to know about all the big (and little) changes Google has made to its latest OS update.

Android 5.1 is the first main maintenance update for Lollipop, fixing multiple bugs and improving stability, performance, and battery life over the original 5.0 release that debuted in November. And as we said above, most of the changes are behind the scenes, but in the slideshow below we’ll go over some of the more noticeable changes users should know about.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

At first glance Android 5.1 looks nearly identical to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Google has fixed tons of little problems, improved key aspects of the entire operating system, and added some neat little tricks and fancy animations to make Android 5.1 Lollipop even more lively. Lets get started.

All images in the slideshow below show Android 5.1 Lollipop on the left, and the older Android 5.0 release on the right.

Quick Settings

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Quick Settings

Our favorite new change has to do with Quick Settings. For those that don't even know, pulling down the notification bar twice (or once with two fingers) brings up a Quick Settings menu. From here you have access to screen brightness, and toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, a flashlight, airplane mode, auto rotate settings, location, screen casting, and more quick toggles appear as you use them. Like hotspot control, and more.

In all of our slides Android 5.1 is on the left, with the older Android 5.0 screenshot on the right.

With Android 5.1 Lollipop Google made quick settings even better. Once you swipe down twice or once with two fingers, you'll have easier access to controlling WiFi or Bluetooth and connections. Rather than fumble through settings, simply tap the little drop down arrow, and you can connect to WiFi or Bluetooth devices all from here. This is a small but very convenient change, and one of our favorites.

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