A majority of smartphone and tablet manufacturers are still working to deploy the Android 5.0.x Lollipop update to existing products, but a new update may already be in the works, and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Considering that the Android 5.0.1 update is now just starting to hit devices, this seems a bit weird—it’s such a big jump— but maybe Google is moving quickly this time.
The report comes from AndroidPIT, which says the update is coming during the first quarter of 2015 and certainly by the end of February. The news outlet said that Google is planning to add the following changes in the release:
- 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
- Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)
A lot of that seems like something that would be in a smaller update, like Android 5.0.2, but AndroidPIT seems pretty convinced it’s called Android 5.1.
Keep in mind that these kind of updates have flip-flopped between major and iterative releases in the past. Android 2.2 Froyo ultimately was upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Playing devil’s advocate though, there were several versions of Android Jelly Bean (4.1 to 4.3.1), so it’s totally possible that this could happen again.