The Nexus 9 finally gets Android 5.1

It's really here. Image: Google

It’s really here. Image: Google

Google’s latest Nexus device traditionally get its newest Android updates first, but the software giant has been making Nexus 9 owners wait for Android 5.1.

Now, almost a month after the update made its initial debut, that wait is over.

Android 5.1 is a nice upgrade to Lollipop, because it brings a number of useful tweaks and improvements. One of those is an upgraded Quick Settings menu, which includes animated icons, and the ability to switch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks without having to jump into the Settings app.

The update also brings Device Protection, a feature that prevents your device from being used when it’s lost or stolen — even after a factory reset; plus some improvements to Lollipop’s notification system, which will allow you to silence incoming alerts for a specified amount of time, or until your next alarm.

Android 5.1 also brings lots of fixes for bugs introduced with earlier Lollipop releases, including the one that caused soft keys to “stick.”

If you’re a Nexus 9 owner, you should be able to download this upgrade over-the-air now, but bear in mind it could take a while to reach all devices.