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Android 5.1 could be introduced in February

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Android 5.1 could be introduced in February
Android 5.0.1 is currently the latest and greatest build of Google's open source mobile OS. But a report published on Wednesday suggests that Android 5.1 could be released as soon as February, and will include a number of improvements. Jumping a full decimal point to Android 5.1 instead of using 5.0.2 would seem unusual for an OS build that is not yet available to the vast majority of Android phones. In the past, such a jump has often ushered in a whole new OS name for Android. Exceptions were seen with Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3) and Eclair (Android 2.0, 2,1).

According to the report, Android 5.1 will include the following changes: 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 and Other improvements and changes.

Sounds like a rather ambitious update, perhaps worthy of the full decimal point jump. And yes, you should take this report with a grain of salt. But even though you're heading to your spice rack to open the Morton's salt, it doesn't mean that there isn't some truth to this report. If this update comes through in February, we don't expect Google to move on from the Lollipop moniker so quickly.

source: AndroidPIT via TechRadar

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posted on 17 Dec 2014, 12:49

1. torr310 (Posts: 782; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


So if this is true, that means we should skip the 5.0.1 and jump to 5.1?

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 16:14 1

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I doubt this is true
Will probably be 5.0.2 if only bug fixes
Unless if Google has some extra features ready as well

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 18:17

18. sgodsell (Posts: 3218; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I have 5.0.1 right now. In fact just look at some of the nexus image Roms.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 00:08 1

23. timukh (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


So basically 5.1 is what 5.0 should have been. And they will go another year just solving all the bugs they created in 5.0! Screw this, I am going to flash my nexus to cyanogen! I didnt like 5.0 anyway, too many bugs! :/

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 12:54 1

2. Angst (Posts: 33; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


If you have a Nexus Device I wouldn't skip any of the iterations, for a 'rumored' one is as far off as 3 months away . . .

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:17 1

3. NexusX (Posts: 480; Member since: 16 May 2013)


can anyone please explain to me what substantial improvement has 5.0 brought over kitkat?
Its looks like the only difference is the UI redesign albeit more confusing notification and the energy saving mode which is simply google's version of juice defender...

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:50 3

6. tedkord (Posts: 10215; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's much bigger than that, it brings ahead of time compiling and 64bit support which includes ARM v8.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 14:19 1

10. NexusX (Posts: 480; Member since: 16 May 2013)


isn't ahead of time compiling already available in kitkat with ART? none of the devices in the market can take advantage of 64bit. so why update?
I don't think any androids apps need 64bit chip even when new devices do come with 64bit chips

I think 64bit chips are kinda pointless in the age of cloud computing, eventually all hardwares do is deliver content from the internet. all processing should be done in the cloud. the only upgrade we need is better camera and more power efficient devices.

Ultimately the goal is do more with less.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 10:04

30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3762; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


LP was made specifically to run on ART and is apparently more efficient and more stable than running it on KK. On KK you can switch from Dalvik to ART, but KK wasn't engineered with ART as the main runtime.

Besides that, LP opens up the camera api for doing RAW images, encryption, notifications on the lock screen, do not disturb mode, Android TV integration, better communication between apps, trusted devices and safe zones, SELinux malware protection, multiple user profiles, & Project Volta to increase battery efficiency. There are 5000 new APIs in LP, so it's not just design changes.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 14:12 4

9. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1105; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Honestly, I don't like Android 5.0. My Nexus 10 upgraded to it about two weeks ago and I agree it's more confusing with the new notification and settings panel. Also, my biggest gripe is that whereas previous iterations pushed Google services, Android 5.0 makes Google services mandatory. The email app no longer works, it's now covered underneath the Gmail app. This may be fine for people who use their gmail account for email or already heavily use Google services, but for people like myself it's a nuisance. My gmail is used for spam, so I don't necessarily like having notifications show up on it.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 14:29 4

11. NexusX (Posts: 480; Member since: 16 May 2013)


lolilpop is a swing and a miss that nobody wants to admit.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 14:37 1

13. Angst (Posts: 33; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


From your perspective perhaps, but from mine I like it. The added extra features that are there now vs Kitkat are something that Personally enjoy. Number 1 (Built in now) feature for me is Smart Lock, Finally I can use my NFC Ring, Home Location, Pairing with my car - all as means to keep my phone unlocked when available and lock all other times. Yeah you could manage to do that with some 3rd party framework/apps but now I don't have to.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 18:26 1

20. sgodsell (Posts: 3218; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


For someone claiming they use Android, but does not like or use gmail. I hope you know that you can turn off gmail notifications since you only use it for span anyway. I actually think you don't use Android at all, and you just like to complain.

posted on 29 May 2015, 16:29

32. boredhousewife1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I thought exactly the same thing as I was reading the stuff about his Gmail app...he quite obviously doesn't know how to use the full functionality of the Gmail app....I know that I'm writing this with the benift of hindsight. I wonder if people still feel the same way?
I love Lollipop 5.0.1 on my Note 4, love Lollipop 5.1.1 on my Nexus 4 and 5.0 2 on my Nexus 7 & Tab S 10.5 cellular. I'm looking forward to Android M, which will streamline what is already a really good, integrated OS! (No OS is perfect...yet :).

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 21:33

21. sinple (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


you can add hotmail, yahoo mail or exchange mail in the new gmail ?!?!?!

Don see an issue if u wan to use the gmail app for other email provider other than gmail

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 23:21

22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Maybe he doesn't want to feel forced to give Google all his data?

Android is turning into more and more of a Google data theft OS. It's a slow process, but inevitable.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 02:19

27. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


The Gmail app doesn't give Google your data of the extra mailboxes.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 10:22

31. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3762; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Right, and no one else does that. Google may be the worst offender, but they are by no means the only one either.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 02:08

26. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You can still use a third party mail app and there are tons out there. Personally I use maildroid for all my other mail accounts other than gmail.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:17

4. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It may seem minor, but one thing that really annoyed me when I tried Lollipop was the reduced visual feedback with the on-screen buttons when in apps. That little "wave" you see when touching the on-screen buttons in KitKat is barely visible, which really reduces the perceived responsiveness of the OS. Google should definitely change this back with the 5.1 update...

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 14:34

12. Angst (Posts: 33; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


You do realize you can elect to have 'Vibrate on Touch' so that you have feedback when a touch is registered.

If you have a Nexus or stock Android then you will find it: SETTINGS --> SOUND & NOTIFICATION --> OTHER SOUNDS

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 16:01

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I know, but I like the little animation better...

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:23 1

5. Spedez (Posts: 437; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


So they just fix the bugs they caused in 5.0? Wow, cool.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:51 4

7. tedkord (Posts: 10215; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How is that any different than iOS 8.01, 8.02, 8.1, 8.11...?

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 13:55 6

8. djcody (Posts: 100; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


What's wrong with fixing bugs

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 16:14

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3713; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I agree with your sarcasm. The updates listed sound more like the things you would find in an incrememntal update like 5.0.2. I don't really see anything new or substantial here. If 5.1 is really happening this soon, I hope Google has found some actual new features to add.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 17:34

17. steelew (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


So they are basically just proving that you should really buy a nexus phone. I have a Galaxy S4 that may or may not get the 5.0.1 update months after its initial release and now they are releasing another update? Man I can't wait for the successor to the nexus 5 (not the 6).

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 18:21 2

19. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I am very happy with the way my Nexus 4 is now working with 5.0.1 Lolipop. I found it drastically improved the speed, response and the battery life. Plus I found all the changes to be an improvement...

The only problem or bug I have found after the upgrade from ver 4.4.4 to 5.0 (and still present with 5.0.1) is that the computer sometimes do not recognize the phone USB (or the type of device attached) when connected to the computer. When this pass I just go to the setting and disable and unable again the USB and the computer recognizes the device as attached again.

I also read that new phones that comes with 5.0 Lolipop installed (instead of being upgraded) are working like 80% slower than phones that get the version 5 as an upgrade due to having encription activated by default (and cannot be turned off)... That's something serious that needs to be corrected ASAP...

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:14

29. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


You are absolutely right and o agree with you a 100%

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 00:44

24. .KRATOS. (Posts: 306; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


They should include some features too like double tap to wake, one handed mode since the nexus 6 is a phablet, multi window, a percentage indicator for battery etc..

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 01:19

25. timukh (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Double tap to wake and multi windows is seriously required. Otherwise the lock button gets all the torture. And since the phones are getting bigger, multi window is justified. Also it is very useful. Like while chatting someone urges u to check movie timings or google search or taking notes! All can be done without leaving the app! I really hope they do that!

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:12

28. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


I don't know what you people are complaining about! If you don't like the direction which one OS is going then don't upgrade. It's as simple as that. From my personal experience, on my Nexus 4 I had a lot of problems with kit kat, random reboots, camera freezes and app crashings.I am happy to report that every single issue got solved with lollipop. So far so good and for all of you people that always say noo thats an old phone, it won't run smooth why did Google even bother releasing lollipop for older gen devices?Well I'm glad they did because not everybody changes their device every year!?! Why should they, there is no app except maybe a couple of games that can fully use the power of Snapdragon S4 Pro still! IMO phones are getting like PC-s more and more and thats why I bought a Nexus device because I want updates for at least 2 years. If somebody wants to use a 3-4 year old device and have the latest software if possible, more power to him.

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