Android 5.1 Lollipop: here's what's changed in the newest and sweetest version of Google's OS
posted by Peter K. / Mar 10, 2015, 8:53 AM
After numerous cameo appearances on various Android One devices, Android 5.1 Lollipop is finally as official as it gets. The factory images are already up and available for download, and just as you might imagine, we updated our trust resident Nexus 5 with the newest version of Android as soon as we could, eager to point out the differences that it bears over the previous version of the OS and determine if it's another step in the right direction.
right here). The majority of these regard under-the-hood improvements and fixes - most notably, it seems that the memory leak issue is no more!Officially, Google stressed upon on just a few new features - support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and HD voice calls on compatible phones, as well as improved quick toggles. The nitty-gritty of this update are the numerous bug fixes, which are detailed in roughly 14,700 lines of code (you can check out the full Git changelog
From the brief time we spent with it, we can safely say that Android 5.1 feels noticeably smoother than the previous Lollipop installments. The Material Design philosophy itself is slightly perfected, bringing many more subtle animations here and there that don't affect the user experience much, but are a nice interface touch. Call it a placebo effect, but our Nexus 5 now feels more stable; what's more, performance seems to be improved a bit, which is always a welcome, isn't it?
However, we noticed many other small changes in the newest take on Lollipop. We've summarized the more noteworthy ones right below.
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We need to know more about memory leak bug than all this.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:04 AM 4
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Won't know about that until they get it out to enough of a sample size. Obviously they'll fix it but will it cause another issue, no one knows.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:16 AM 1
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If you read the article they mention the memory leak. I've been using 5.1 for a few hours now and it feels smoother and memory management seems better. They've added a splash screen to Play Music which is nice. In 5.0 it took a good two to three seconds for the app to open when pressed. They should add a splash screen to YouTube. When you press on the app it's still not instant if it's not in memory.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:53 AM 1
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Seriously google? A bunch of minor "TWEAKS" and it became the next version? There must be something really important too. Either PA doesnt know about it or the guy who wrote this doesnt know about it. Somethings wrong somewhere.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 1:46 PM 0
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Here's the changelog (also in this mentioned in this article)https://paste.teknik.io/1010 There's 66 memory leaks that are fixed Finally, Google should have fixed these before officially releasing 5.0 We'll know for sure in the next day or so (the memory leaks in 5.0 took about 48 hours to build up)
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 4:06 PM 0
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Nothing groundbreaking, still playing catch-up just like Apple to Metro aesthetics.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:52 AM 0
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They've passed the aesthetics of iOS and Windows. They're competing with themselves now.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:55 AM 13
I don't know if vanilla Android is doing this anymore, but I don't think they are? (Actually Android seems to be moving away from external SD altogether?) Anyway, I've just read that the Sony Lolipop skin, which is apparently rolling out next week. Will allow moving apps to the external SD. Which, personaly, is a feature I haven't seen in a while. Hope it's true..
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 9:58 AM 0
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the first one is the worst. in priority mode the led would no light up so i can sleep fine without a bright led lighting up the room, now another app is needed to control led.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 10:44 AM 0
Forget the aesthetic. Fix the memory leak bug.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 12:59 PM 1
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"The majority of these regard under-the-hood improvements and fixes - most notably, it seems that the memory leak issue is no more!" Didn't even bother to read the article, did you? You just ran to the comments to make disparaging remarks. You won't change anything, iOS will still be a distant second.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 3:50 PM 0
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Still no option to remove ugly google search bar. Why/When Google why/when?
posted on Mar 11, 2015, 4:00 AM 0
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I know it's not a solution, but rather workaround, but why not use launchers like Nova/Apex? It looks like Google Now launcher, with added features (a lot of them) and the option to change the google search bar styling or remove them altogether. Google will always promote their own products, and the google search bar is one way they do that.
posted on Mar 11, 2015, 5:55 AM 0
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Hi PA, i have found bug in new 5.1 version. I installed it yesterday and found it after 10 mins. When you install app from play store which has widget, it's not int the "widgets menu". It appears only after restart phone. Until then, there are only pre-installed widgets. Same situation after every new app with widgets. Can you please check if you have same problem/bug ? i tried factory reset several times, no difference.
posted on Mar 12, 2015, 4:26 AM 0
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