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Android One Gets Lollipop 5.1 Early

Remember Android One, the standardized version of Android for first time smartphone users? First rolled out throughout developing markets in September 2014, the mobile operating system focuses on making the Android platform less cluttered and more widely available for those getting hold of internet capable devices for the first time.

The OS is free from vendor modifications, and security and software updates come to Android One direct from Google, so it seems odd that the devices have been so late to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop. Thankfully now the phones have managed to see the inclusion of the new, faster version of Android.

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Android 5.1 is the newest version of the latest Lollipop release, and the update includes several key features which not only boost speeds via improved memory management, but also give the user improved battery life, and a more stable system, according to possible release information.

The update has been some what elusive lately, as the only thign we’ve really hear was back in September when a change log was leaked online. It’s worth mentioning that the update is numbered differently, as opposed to being version 5.0.3. This could mean significant changes worth changing that second version number will arrive.

Below are the previously leaked changes which could arrive in 5.1.

  • 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

If you’re wondering just why Android One has got hold of the update early, it could very well be Google’s direct plumbing of updates through to the platform. Obviously this means that Android One handsets do possess a bit of an edge over vendor controlled Android versions in terms of getting updates. Could be a good time to try to get hold of a One handset.

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Again, the 5.1 label could indicate that several unforeseen changes may have arrived on the OS following the update, but for now we haven’t heard of anything major appearing on Android One worth specific coverage. Leaked photos of the update on Android Police don’t specifically show the OS in action, only the version information.

We’ll have to wait for the update to come to more mainstream handsets closer to home to see just what Android 5.1 Lollipop has in store, and more specifically if that numerical indication means any new goodies.

Via: The Verge

Via: Android Pit