Google Android Lollipop 5.1 starts to appear on Android One smartphones
The first signs of a major point version number update of Android Lollipop have appeared. Android 5.1 is highlighted on the official Google website in Indonesia as being the OS available on all its Android One handsets made by its manufacturing partners. Oddly there’s been no official announcement concerning the new OS and Nexus users are wondering if they will now always be second place after Android One owners.
The surprise is that Google hasn’t formally announced Android Lollipop 5.1 for its priority/premium OS updated Nexus range as yet but budget Android One devices in Indonesia are being promoted as featuring this latest version of the mobile OS.
With the lack of proper official release notes and changelogs we have to look at some ‘leaked’ documents obtained by Android Pit in December so we can have a nose at what new will be brought to the table in Android 5.1.
The following new improvements and fixes are expected to be present:
- Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
- General improvements in system stability
- Improved RAM management
- Fixes for sudden app closures
- Improved battery management
- Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
- Issues with wireless connections fixed
- Problems with Okay Google function solved
- Notifications problems solved
- Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
- Other improvements and changes
- Changes in the Material Design colour palette (after users complaints)
As far as real feature updates are concerned we still don’t know much but reports should be coming in from Indonesia relating to new features in the coming hours/days. Nexus users are also expected to get the update shortly as Google servers contain references to 5.1 builds making appearances.
There are reports of quite a few bugs in 5.0 – point zero releases are always going to be the most bug prone. However in the world of Android you are very lucky to get the latest updates and some smartphone/tablet owners who have just heard they will get Lollipop for the first time will probably have to suffer point zero bugs for some considerable time.
For example my own Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still on KitKat and I have seen news that it will get the Lollipop update in the not too distant future. That’s months after it was first introduced and it probably won’t be this bug-fixed version 5.1 of the OS.