Google just wants a moment of your time, amid all the buzz surrounding Apple's Spring Forward event from this morning.

In an attempt to steal the spotlight from its Cupertino-based rival, Google has announced Android 5.1. The software update to Lollipop is rolling out now and brings not only improved stability and performance, but also a few new features, such as support for multiple SIM cards, something called Device Protection, and high definition voice on compatible phones.

The ability to use more than one SIM card on a device with multiple SIM slots will allow you to share your phone with a loved one and better manage your mobile costs, according to Google, while the new Device Protection feature is a fresh security setting that will be available on the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and most Android phones and tablets that ship with Android 5.1.

Device Protection essentially keeps your lost or stolen device locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if someone resets your device to factory settings. As for HD voice calling, it's described as "crystal clear calling" between compatible Android 5.1 devices like the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile or Verizon.

Android 5.1 also brings the ability to join Wi-Fi networks and control Bluetooth devices from Quick Settings. Check out Google's blog post for more details about the incremental update. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

Sections Apple Google Phones