Google has released an Android 5.1 Lollipop update designed to improve security and usability, marking the latest step in Google's bid to raise Android's enterprise appeal.
Google Android Platform vice president Dave Burke announced the refresh in a blog post, promising that Android 5.1 will be available as an over-the-air update.
V3's Nexus 6 had not received the update at the time of publishing.
The upgrades are designed to improve stability and performance, and Google has included a new Device Protection security service that adds a layer of protection to data stored on lost or stolen devices.
"With Device Protection, your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if someone resets your device to factory settings," explained Burke.
"This feature will be available on most Android phones and tablets shipped with Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9."
The feature follows a wider push by Google to improve Android's security. The original Lollipop update featured several security upgrades when it launched on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 in 2014.
Key updates included turning Android's data encryption features on by default, a Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Enforcing mode and the Smart Lock service.
SELinux enforcing mode improves security by continuously monitoring the system and installed apps for suspicious behaviour. Smart Lock lets users pair a 'trusted' Android Wear watch with a Lollipop smartphone or tablet.
Google later launched an Android for Work management platform for Lollipop devices.
Android 5.1 Lollipop also adds support for multiple SIM cards and high-definition voice on compatible phones.
Check out V3's in-depth review for a more thorough look at Android Lollipop's features.
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