Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS update goes official, to begin rollout with Android One smartphones before reaching Nexus users
Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS update goes official, to begin roll out with Android One smartphones before reaching Nexus users. Google

At a time when Google's much expected Android 5.0 (Lollipop) is still rolling out slowly to smartphones across the world, the internet giant has already made official the next Android Lollipop update iteration that is called Android 5.1.

According to an Android Police report, the Android 5.1 update will start shipping with Google's low-cost Android One smartphones first, rather than with Nexus devices.

However, the report says that the latest Android Lollipop iteration could hit Nexus users soon after it ships to new Android One owners.

The Android Police report also refers to mentions about Android 5.1 on the official Indonesian website of Android One, which means that Android 5.1 will go live in Indonesia before rolling out to other countries (and other Android One/Nexus users).

However, the official changelog of the new features (of Android 5.1) is yet to surface at this point in time, but going by earlier rumours, Android 5.1 will bring along the following enhancements:

  • Fixes to app termination bug
  • Fixes to the Wi-Fi not connecting issue
  • Improved battery management functionality
  • Comeback of the Silent Mode feature that was absent within Android 5.0
  • Issues in "OK Google" voice-command addressed
  • RAM management improved
  • Fixes to audio/multimedia-related problems
  • Wireless connectivity bugs fixed
  • Enhancements in notifications
  • Regular performance/stability improvements

It is worth mentioning that Google's current Android 5.0 OS upgrade was reportedly marred by inherent bugs/issues that hindered the smooth operation of devices.

One major issue is the 'Flashlight bug' that recently affected users of Google's Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 smartphones.

The bug caused both the flashlight and camera apps (within Nexus 5 and Nexus 4), to stop functioning until a reboot was performed.

With Google known to seed the latest updates to Nexus devices comparatively sooner, users of older Nexus smartphones can check their devices at regular intervals and let us know if Android 5.1 is available.