Android 5.1 Lollipop is now live on certain Android One devices in various Asian markets, which inadvertently gives us a means to find out more about what the update contains and how it will impact other handsets once they receive the OTA update. Android 5.1 Lollipop is set for a March rollout across the world, according to sources close to the matter. We should expect the update to start arriving to handsets in Europe and the U.S. after the MWC 2015 trade show concludes next week. As with the previous software update, Android 5.1 will be trickled out in stages, which means not everybody is going to get a taste of the latest software update from Google.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is reportedly going to fix some of the issues users have been having on their handsets with previous iterations of the software. Many who have installed their most recent update, either Android 5.0, 5.0.1 or 5.0.2 have been complaining that Google hasn’t done enough to make the software compatible with all kinds of phones it is now running on. The issue shouldn’t be too widespread, as not even 2 % of Android users have the Lollipop treatment available for their phones. That doesn’t mean that the rest of Android fans aren’t looking forward to it. Our hope is that Google and implicitly, OEMs and carriers will skip the base version of the software and update the handsets directly to Android 5.1 Lollipop, where it’s the case.
If the rollout doesn’t begin in March, we might be surprised to see Android 5.2 Lollipop being sent out to devices worldwide, although the development of the software is just in its rumor phase at the moment. Our sources tell us that the handsets that are going to be launched at the MWC 2015 fair next week will most likely get this version of the operating system instead of an older one, which would be neat. But this time, we only have Android 5.1 Lollipop to get inspired by, so let’s see what users are reporting about the update.
Many Nexus 5, Moto X, Moto G, Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 users, among others, have been reporting trouble with RAM management ever since installing the latest mobile operating system from Google. This bug is known as the memory leak bug, and it effectively causes mismanagement of RAM and apps will crash constantly as a consequence. A few factory resets and occasional reboots fix the issue temporarily, but the bug itself should get a fix in Android 5.1 Lollipop, according to Android One users from the Philippines. Besides supposedly fixing the dreaded memory leak bug, Android 5.1 Lollipop will bring improvements overall to the UI, including the possibility of hiding triggered quick settings toggles. Moreover, the update should also resolve notification issues as well as bring back silent mode to your handset.
As we’re nearing the MWC 2015 show, our hopes are high about Google making new announcements about Android 5.1 Lollipop and its newer version as well. We’re hoping that our information regarding the release date of the update is right, and if it is, some of you should start seeing an update notification as early as next weekend. What else do you think Google should address in the incoming update?