Google announces Android 5.1, complete with HD Voice on T-Mobile

 

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Google finally started rolling Android 5.1 yesterday and it comes with some useful new features. One in particular which will please T-Mobile users across the country.

“High Definition voice calling is now on your mobile phone. Get crystal clear calling with HD Voice between compatible Android 5.1 devices like the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile or Verizon.”

As well as that, there are a couple of general updates which everyone with the new OS will experience. One of those is Device Protection. If your phone or tablet is lost or stolen, it remains locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if someone factory resets the phone in the settings menu. It also supports devices with multiple SIM slots and lets you manage those on device.

Sadly, there’s no mention of Wi-Fi Calling in the blog, so I can’t confirm if the next update includes that ability too. We’ve reached out to T-Mobile to find out, but if you happen to hear something before us, be sure to leave your feedback in the comments or grab me on Twitter: @PhoneDog_Cam.

UPDATE: We’ve just heard back from T-Mobile. Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE support for the N6 are coming in a separate update. 

As always, let us know if your Nexus 6 has received the update yet, and how you like it.

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  • monkeybutts

    Factory image is out for Nexus 5 nothing on the Nexus 6 yet.

    https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

  • ThePhantom

    The Nexus 5 has always supported AMR-WB while making calls on HSPA. I’m eager to see if the “HD Voice” Google is referring to is actually VoLTE.

    • monkeybutts

      VoLTE probably since Verizon was in Googles blog post.

    • Cam Bunton

      VoLTE is coming in a separate update. Post updated.

      • Kyle Thompson

        i’ve been hearing from TMO how VoLTE and WiFi Calling were coming “soon” to the N6 for almost 4 months now. still waiting. turrible.

      • John Doe

        I updated my T-mobile Nexus 6 to 5.1 manually and I CAN make calls while LTE is on and there is an option in the cellular networks settings called

        “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode
        Use LTE services to improve voice and other communications (recommended)”

  • dtam

    wish the update would have confirmed wifi calling. guess I’ll have to wait for 5.1.1

    • Cruise Guy

      Or 5.1.2.1.3.2

  • Anon7463785

    Yeah….ThePhantom nailed it re: AMR-WB on HSPA. So far, the big questions are unanswered: 1) VoLTE? 2) WiFi calling? 3) 700Mhz Band 12? Grrrr

    • El. Perezidente

      ^This. All three of those are the main reasons I haven’t bought a N6 yet. And band 12 Is actually live in my area. :( Mainly waiting because I plan to decrypt my N6 the day I get it and I don’t want to have to redo all of that after an OTA update.

  • Michael Tran

    “Get crystal clear calling with HD Voice between compatible Android 5.1 devices”

    So does the other person have to have a android 5.1 device or just a phone that supports HD voice?

    • kbiel

      Just a device that supports HD voice. All HD voice is is a different DAC encoding that increases the dynamic range encoded. Several of T-Mobile’s flagship devices (Galaxy S4/5, LG G4, etc) have HD voice baked in by the manufacturers/T-Mobile.

      • Michael Tran

        Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully I can hear the difference when talking to my wife on her iphone 6. Iphone 6 supports it right?

        • taxandspend

          I assume IPhone 6 supports it. If both phones do, you’ll definitely know it. The difference is astounding.

        • kbiel

          I do not know if iPhone 6 supports HD voice or not. I have experienced HD voice with other T-Mobile customers using Galaxy S4, HTC One M8, and LG G3 (which is what I meant to type instead of G4 in my previous response).

        • Raiterio Patterson

          IPhone 6/6+ has WiFi calling support with T-Mobile. Should have HD Voice if you’re talking to someone with an HD Voice phone

  • i guess i’d be excited if the S4 got Lollipop lol

  • Matt

    While I like technology advances, I really want to see T-Mobile make more strides with its network. No data available in West Virginia was frustrating but at least I had talk and text.

  • Philip

    LOL! Where is 5.0 first for T-mobile Note 4? I am OK with it and I still like LollyPop.

    • socalrailroader

      Lollipop ;) :D

  • Joshua Kelley

    Not sure about others, but my wife and I have had HD voice since we got our S5s. Maybe it’s been just a trial in the Seattle market?

    • Pretty sure the Galaxy S5 has had HD voice since day one… this story is about the Nexus 6…

      • Joshua Kelley

        The story is about the Android update, and it mentions devices “like” the Nexus 6.

    • Brian Perez

      I have hd voice on my lg g3 and im from NYC

    • Chris

      Yes, and those phones and implementations of the HD voice part is always been between the OEM and T-mobile. What Android 5.1 brings is HD voice on T-mobile built in to core Android. This means that future devices that ships with 5.1 has HD voice on T-mobile even if it isn’t a T-mobile branded device.

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  • Have HD voice on ZTE zmax here in LA area on Kit Kat 4.4.2. But man Im really getting upset that ZTE and T mob will not talk about 5.x on Zmax. Just tell us yes or no. Stop all the suspense.

  • jd

    Nexus 5 and 6 have had HD voice forever (between T-Mobile customers.) I’m not sure what they’re actually referring to :-

    • Guest

      Volte.

      • jd

        but.. “UPDATE: We’ve just heard back from T-Mobile. Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE support for the N6 are coming in a separate update. “

        • aergern

          Well, if that’s the case then it’s going to be a stupid situation since it’s not baked into 5.1 then every time a dot release comes out and folks flash the factory image they will lose the ability to do VoLTE and Wifi calling. Maybe they were just doing a bit of misdirection since it’s been reported on a lot of other sites that VZW’s VoLTE and TMO’s are baked in. hmm.

      • topgun966

        VoLTE and HD voice are not the same. N5 cannot do VoLTE.

        • FILA

          why not the N5? Is the quality any different. I cannot stand making old school cell calls, quality is terrible and I can never hear.

        • Michael Allen

          Cant do it now. But it potentially can with a firmware update. From everything I can see,the base-band has the support needed. Even if its broken,it can likely be lifted from the flex.

    • NinoBr0wn

      Because it’s baked into Android with 5.1

  • TK – Indy

    Is it too soon to call this a clean miss?

    “Shipping with Android 5.0, the new Nexus 6 gives customers the latest and greatest Google mobile experience, and seamless integration with the apps they love. Plus, this hot new smartphone is expected to support Wi-Fi Un-leashed beginning in early 2015 with an over-the-air update– making it the first-ever Nexus device that will support Wi-Fi Calling thanks to enhancements in Android 5.0.”

    • Cam Bunton

      Lol. Yeah, I think once we get to April “early 2015” is definitely pushing it.

  • PiCASSiMO

    Any love for Nexus 5?

  • kgraham182

    As soon as you thought you had the latest Android OS, Google releases an updates, expect phones manufacturer to upgrade in 2016

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Why didn’t Google just wait to implement VoLTE and WiFi calling on all Nexus devices? Shame Google, shame….the Nexus 5 has had HD Voice on T-Mobile from the beginning. Yawn…

  • HeatFan786

    If Google continues the good news, I might have to pick up a Nexus 5 2015. First 5.1 with HD Voice, next Wifi Calling, and then Multiwindow with Android M.

  • qmc

    So that’s (soon to be — at least there are factory images for them, even if there isn’t an OTA yet) 5.1 on

    Nexus 5
    Nexus 10
    Nexus 7 WiFi (2012)

    based on the images page, since the blog post didn’t mention.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    You know if Google would have released Android 5.2 yesterday with VoLTE & HD Voice support for the N5/N6 it would’ve broke the Internet

  • Raiterio Patterson

    How much time has Google had to work with T-Mobile to implement WiFi calling into the Nexus 6?

    • Andrew

      Well, the 6 has been out for almost 4.5 months, and you have to imagine they were working on it before launch, so …

    • John Doe

      Google is not working on WiFi calling just for T-mobile. They are creating a similar implementation to the iPhone so any carrier can use WiFi calling if they support it like sprint and soon AT&T.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        I know. The Nexus 6 on Verizon got HD calling AND VoLTE with the Android 5.1 OTA, meanwhile on T-Mobile I’m still waiting for Android 5.1 to come to my Nexus 5……

  • AussieB

    I just want the camera on my Nexus 5 to stop disconnecting multiple times a day , but I think Lollipop is my last attempt at Android. Everyone I know has an iPhone or IPad. I have mac, my sister just got my elderly mom an iPad so now she can FaceTime and Message – it just seems easier at this point to go in all way with Apple….I don’t like the closed environment but it still seems 95% of the people I meet use an iPhone

    • NinoBr0wn

      That doesn’t happen on my Nexus 5. You mean the app just randomly crashes? And when you say your last attempt at Android, have you had a string of issues prior?

  • Questor

    Gee. So Verizon Nexus 6 customers will have VoLTE but there is still a wait for TMO.

    • Cruise Guy

      Why do you want voLTE so bad. Explain what the benefits will be to you. By the way, it sounds identical to regular calling. I have used it a lot in Seattle. So what is the benefit you will be waiting for and receiving? I am just curious.

      • Brandon

        HD calling and VoLTE are two different things. HD calling is much better sound quality when making phone calls.

        VoLTE is Voice over LTE. What this means is you will be remain on LTE data when making a phone. Currently, if you make a phone call, the data will drop to the much slower HSPA+ speed. Soon, you’ll be able to talk and surf without ruining your data speeds.

  • johnbl

    I just picked up an Samsung Galaxy AVANT with 4.4.2 and I’m getting HD calling connections when I call other T-Mobile phones..so what is so new here?

    And it’s really super clear!

    • boiztown

      I agree, and I own 2 Samsung note 3

  • Tommy

    I wish I would’ve never got this nexus 6. Its definitely up the list of the worse phones I’ve bought

    • Will

      You must be an apple fan, otherwise I don’t see how that’s possible

      • Tommy

        Actually, my last four phones were Samsung. …and actually… my wife’s note 4 smokes this phone, performance and battery life. Trust me, and tried to return it for another note, T-Mobile doesn’t even want this trash back.
        They went on and on about they had to wait on a google update to put in the WiFi calling. Now they are saying its gonna come in a separate update??? Bull$hit.

        • Mschmal

          I’m so glad I choose to get a Moto X!

        • Rob

          Can’t do anything about the WiFi calling but if you root the phone and turn off encryption, it will dust any Samsung.

        • Tommy

          Encryption is off. To be honest, I’m not so much mad about the performance of the phone. I just want my WiFi calling. …and battery runs out really fast. …and I can’t get my WiFi hotspot to work. …and T-Mobile is not being very cooperative…

        • Joe

          So what if the battery isn’t the best its a big screen it takes some juice. Also the phone comes with a turbo charger so worst case scenario plug it up to an outlet cause this is the 21st century. And I’m saying this cause I’m a proud owner of a Nexus 6 it has bugs yes its a new OS not everything is gonna be there right away but you just have to wait for a future update. So for the time being just use the charger and regular calling and stop complaining.

    • iCrap

      i haven’t even unboxed mine, honestly, i didn’t look at the features, just assumed it would have volte and wifi calling out of the box. it’s a damn shame that i got this.

      • David Firebaugh

        What are you worried about if it’s Still in the box. It will soon have.

      • Cruise Guy

        I have used HD calling. Can’t tell the difference from regular. Maybe its better, but only miniscule. I have used voLTE in Seattle on another phone. It sounded the same. Since I have unlimited minutes, who cares if my voice calls go over LTE. Yea, it may soon be better for the carrier, but not a big deal to the end user. The wi-fi calling on T-mobile phones is okay but not great. And I travel the world extensively, but with .20 cent roaming, its so cheap I don’t worry. Guess the wifi calling will come in handy in basements and remote parts of the US. But these features aren’t as exciting once you have them.

  • I dont get this. I thought we already had “HD Voice”? I didn’t realize it required OS support? So previously no one had it?

  • boiztown

    I live very far outside the network therefore I’m always roaming on AT&T wifi calling was a must if t-mobile wanted to keep me as a customer 4 years ago I bought the Samsung Galaxy S2 this phone came with wifi calling HD calling and god knows how much more, then switched to the samsung galaxy note 3 which also supports wifi calling HD calls and much more. the thing is all of these features came with these phones years before t-mobile even advertised wifi calling but from what I understand upgrading to OS 5.1may not come with wifi calling as a built-in option I don’t understand why this would be a choice especially now that they’re advertising wifi everywhere

  • Joe Franklin

    Wifi calling? WHo uses the phone feature anymore. Then you have to have a good ap to make it worth your while. Just give me a fast browser.

    • Eric Caraballoso

      Wi-Fi calling isn’t just for the phone feature, moron. It provides a signal for SMS/MMS as well. T-Mobile doesn’t have the best connection in the US and they know that, that’s why they introduced Wi-Fi calling to begin with.

  • Critic4U

    Another promise broken on giving us volte and wifi calling with 5.1 figures…

  • jd

    So I just installed 5.1. VoLTE (“Enhanced 4G LTE Mode”) is there, but as expected, no WiFi calling. That at least clears up what they meant by “High Definition Voice Calling”, given that T-Mobile already had that in place without VoLTE.

    • socalrailroader

      I did the same thing, and have the VoLTE option now as well (it actually was already checked for me after I updated and rebooted). The Lower A 700 LTE and WiFi calling support is supposed to be out by the end of March or early April, though I’m wondering whether they’ll roll the updates out as a single package or two separate updates.

    • socalrailroader

      The same here, the “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode” was actually already checked for me when I rebooted after updating. The WiFi calling and Band 12 (Lower 700 A) LTE support will come out this month or early April, though I wonder if they’ll release both in one update, or in two separate packages.

    • motoridersd

      Are you guys able to make and receive calls with “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode” turned on? I can’t, had to turn it off, otherwise my calls would fail right away.

      • marie abarzua

        Mine too

  • jd

    No, you’re right. It already had HD Voice support, but this update DOES add VoLTE (just confirmed on my Nexus 6.) No WiFi calling, though.

  • greywolf

    got 5.1 yesterday on my N5. phone seems a little faster and better memory management so far. good job tmo. i seem to get these updates pretty quick. hehe

    • Chris

      I don’t think T-mobile has much to do or anything at all to do with the N5. My N5 is on Sprint and I got the update the same time you did.

  • Charles

    I just spoke with TMobile. They are coming out with the OTA update in June.

  • sid

    Note 4 and other kitkat phones also have HD voive and VoLTE feature. How is the new 5.1 HD voice different from the existing ones? Appreciate your response

    • marie abarzua

      I agree and also how is the security a new feature when I’m on kitka, N4 and I had to reset my whole phone 3 weeks ago and they made me sign in with my google account before anything….

    • boiztown

      I agree I have 2 Samsung galaxy note 4’s I feel like they’re trying to sell us something we already had

  • Dead Dress

    So has anyone’s N6 got the 5.1 update on TMobile?? Im really wondering why it takes so dang long. I bought a N6 because o was under the impression it would get the updates immediately. Why is T-Mobile holding it? What exactly do they have to do to it?? Also, why does the N5 have it and N6 does not??

    • Justin Blancarte

      Its not T-Mobile holding it its google, indeed nexus devices get updates the quickest while other phones by say Samsung or lg get it after a longer wait, google releases ota in phases if you don’t want to manually update yourself…in these phases some phones will get it the first week while some other will take a week more or 2 for them to receive the update

  • Critic4U

    Well as of today Sunday still no update for my N6 on Tmobile…

    • Vexzt

      Same here…wonder if they are holding it back to add in Wifi calling for one big update….

      • Naruto44

        Still waiting…

    • amva55

      I got the 5.1 OTA yesterday.

  • catherine9836

    I’am freelancing from comfort of my home, by working various simple jobs which only requires from you a PC and internet connection and I couldn’t be happier… After six months on this job and i earned so far in total 36 thousand dollars… Basicly i make about $80/hourly and work for 3 to 4 h most of the days.And great thing about this is that you can decide when to work yourself and for how long and you get paid at the end of every week.—>

  • amva55

    And wha about a Nexus 5?t

    • Sam

      Sadly the OS 5.1 update will not include Wi-Fi calling for the nexus 5. I do hope that it will be released in the future because I would really enjoy it.

  • Dave Black

    No update all week. Soooooo maybe next week? I’m not holding my breath.

  • Critic4U

    Sunday 3/22/15 7:47AM still nothing, we are starting to get annoyed with you T-Mobile HTFU!!!!

  • Joe

    Call quality is very choppy since the OTA update to 5.1

    Anyone else have this experience.. have wiped my cache twice now.. not happy TMO

  • boiztown

    all I really care about is the wifi calling, it was the only reason T-Mobile is able to keep me as a customer when I moved I moved outside of the network which means I’m roaming on AT&T network so for better signal wifi was my only option when I called into tmobile they offered me the Samsung Galaxy S 2 or 3 because it came with wifi calling without this option I would not have been able to stay a customer of T-Mobile that was FOUR years ago. I don’t care about the LTE as much as I do the wifi calling. wifi calling has always been an option in the high end smartphones. so what upsets me now is that if I upgrade my phone to the newest operating system that means I will lose a feature that will make it impossible for me to use my phone if that happens t Mobile is not the best carrier for me any longer.which is sad I’ve been with them for almost 10 years I really like this company, what I don’t like is how they’re playing their customers I haven’t seen much help from Samsung or T-Mobile in this forum. so from here I’ll continue to watch the forums but I will not be upgrading my OS to 5.1 until I’m guaranteed that wifi calling is a feature as it always has in the past. If you are waiting for an OTA it might take some time. OTAs are not sent out to everyone at the same time that would be too overwhelming for the company so they release it two random users so many at a time. but there are other means of getting it sooner if you’re using a device like a Samsung you can use samsung kies it will upgrade immediately.

  • boiztown

    all I really care about is the wifi calling, it was the only reason T-Mobile is able to keep me as a customer when I moved I moved outside of the network which means I’m roaming on AT&T network so for better signal wifi was my only option when I called into tmobile they offered me the Samsung Galaxy S 2 or 3 because it came with wifi calling without this option I would not have been able to stay a customer of T-Mobile that was FOUR years ago. I don’t care about the LTE as much as I do the wifi calling. wifi calling has always been an option in the high end smartphones. so what upsets me now is that if I upgrade my phone to the newest operating system that means I will lose a feature that will make it impossible for me to use my phone if that happens t Mobile is not the best carrier for me any longer.which is sad I’ve been with them for almost 10 years I really like this company, what I don’t like is how they’re playing their customers I haven’t seen much help from Samsung or T-Mobile in this forum. so from here I’ll continue to watch the forums but I will not be upgrading my OS to 5.1 until I’m guaranteed that wifi calling is a feature as it always has in the past. If you are waiting for an OTA it might take some time. OTAs are not sent out to everyone at the same time that would be too overwhelming for the company so they release it two random users so many at a time. but there are other means of getting it sooner if you’re using a device like a Samsung you can use samsung kies it will upgrade immediately.