Android 5.1 could be introduced in February
posted by Alan F. / Dec 17, 2014, 12:31 PM
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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So if this is true, that means we should skip the 5.0.1 and jump to 5.1?
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 12:49 PM 0
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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 Dec 18, 2014, 12:08 AM 1
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 1:17 PM 1
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It's much bigger than that, it brings ahead of time compiling and 64bit support which includes ARM v8.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 1:50 PM 3
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 2:19 PM 1
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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 Dec 18, 2014, 10:04 AM 0
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 2:12 PM 4
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 2:37 PM 1
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 6:26 PM 1
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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 May 29, 2015, 4:29 PM 0
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 1:17 PM 0
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 2:34 PM 0
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So they just fix the bugs they caused in 5.0? Wow, cool.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 1:23 PM 1
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 Dec 17, 2014, 4:14 PM 0
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 5:34 PM 0
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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 Dec 17, 2014, 6:21 PM 2
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