Android 5.1 could be introduced in February

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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32 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

23. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 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! :/

2. Angst

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 29, 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 . . .

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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...

6. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

11. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

13. Angst

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 29, 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.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

32. boredhousewife1

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 02, 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 :).

21. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 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

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

12. Angst

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 29, 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

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

5. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

7. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

8. djcody

Posts: 227; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

What's wrong with fixing bugs

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

17. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 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).

19. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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...

29. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

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

24. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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..

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