Friday, December 19, 2014

Android 5.1 arriving as soon as February?

Large number of improvements touted

Android Lollipop is slowly but surely rolling out around the world, but one report reckons Google is already planning to push Android 5.1 to our handsets in a matter of weeks.

AndroidPIT says that two separate inside sources have confirmed that Google is readying 5.1 for early next year, with the update said to be launching by the end of February.

We've contacted Google to ask if this is true, but the Android-maker declined to comment.

But with Lollipop still to hit so many devices it seems odd that Google would be updating a full decimal place so soon, especially as this has often meant a whole different OS name in the past. The exceptions to that rule were Jelly Bean, a name that remained through 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, as well as Donut and Eclair, which bounced around the naming conventions, so there's a chance the Lollipop moniker may stick around.

But with the number of issues in need of fixing, perhaps Google realises that we're in need of a more comprehensive update than usual.

Excessive consumption

What makes this news extra interesting is that the same report also quotes a changelog of all the improvements we can expect. To repeat it verbatim:

  • 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
  • Other improvements and changes

If true, that's quite the package, which may explain why Google is planning to make this a proper update.

Source: TechRadar

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