It’s no secret that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update has its share of bugs, and we’ve seen countless complaints from owners who’ve updated their Galaxy S5, HTC One M8’s, LG G3 units and more over the past few months. However, a new and improved Android 5.1 Lollipop update is coming soon, and a new rumor suggests it could start arriving this week.
Back in February the first news of Android 5.1 Lollipop surfaced, and over the past few weeks we’ve continued to hear small reports about the bug fixing and performance improving update, when it could be coming, and more about Android One smartphones for emerging markets.
A few weeks back HTC themselves made a few comments on Twitter suggesting the Android 5.1 update would be coming in early March, and today another rumor has emerged that is backing that up. Below is everything we’re hearing, as well as some reports of Android 5.1 being spotted on multiple devices already.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is still a mystery that Google isn’t too keen on talking about just yet, but it will be the software for Android One devices which are budget phones for emerging markets, and eventually all Nexus and Android smartphones should see updates to the same software. And now today we have a possible release date.
In October Google announced and then released Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was quickly followed with two additional updates to fix critical bugs. Those being Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. However, users are still having issues, battery life has been sub-par for some, and performance isn’t as buttery smooth as Google or manufacturers were hoping for. We’ve seen countless complaints from LG G3 owners, HTC One M8 owners, and more since receiving updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Don’t worry though, because a fix could be coming later this week starting with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 7.
The popular blog Myce has reportedly found multiple Android devices testing and running the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. Most notably the Nexus 4, as well as Google’s all-new Nexus 6 smartphone. However, tablets have been receiving updates first, and the Nexus 7 was the first device to see an update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop last month.
According to Myce the version of Android 5.1 Lollipop these devices are running was compiled by Google in early February, so they’re relatively new software versions of the latest build of Android. And while this doesn’t mean it’s coming soon, it is further proof that testing has been going on for a while, and Google could be close to issuing a full update, similar to the update HTC mentioned above.
They state we’ll see the return of the silent option on smartphones, improved memory management to fix all the bugs, freezing, and app crashes, improvements to the general user interface and material design tweaks, much better battery life, stability fixes, RAM management, and just plenty of general improvements overall.
So when is Android 5.1 Lollipop coming and for what devices? We can’t be sure, but HTC hinted at early March, and claim they’ll update their HTC One and One M8 Google Play Edition devices, then regular carrier units as soon as possible.
Then, the latest news, is a brand new rumor suggesting the Android 5.1 Lollipop update release could begin this week. Head of Android Police, Artem, posted to Google+ and claims his sources have confirmed the update could start arriving as soon as this week. His sources suggest battery improvements have been the cause of the delay, but the Android 5.1 Lollipop update could start rolling out this week to the Nexus 7 (2013) and then the rest of the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup.
This update will reportedly make Android 5.1 Lollipop run buttery smooth, improve battery life, and finally fix some of the general problems that have been plaguing the Lollipop release. Again, this is only a rumor from his sources, and hasn’t been confirmed, but with the week nearly over we’ll know soon enough. Hopefully the Android 5.1 update starts to emerge this week, or weekend, and continues to arrive for all Nexus smartphones and tablets in the coming days or weeks. We’ll keep an eye out for any and all details.