Google has released the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Android One smartphones. More details on the release can be found right here after the break.
Android One is Google’s initiative to bring budget smartphones to developing markets that run stock Android, giving users the chance to experience the Big G’s mobile OS the way it was originally intended without any sort of bloatware or performance hindering elements. And today, Google has pushed out a new version of Android for its aforementioned initiative, which is a slight bump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing with it a few minor changes on top of what’s being offered right now with the 5.0.2 release.
With Android 5.1, Google has slipped in a few useful changes over Android 5.x. These changes seem to reside in the Lollipop Quick Settings menu, where the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switches have been tweaked to allow easy switching of wireless connections. How exactly? With Android 5.1, users will be able to tap on the Wi-Fi of Bluetooth toggle’s label to open up a list of connections, without leaving the menu. Here, you can simply tap the connection of your choice and you’ll be good to go. No more opening up the entire settings page for these simple functions, where tapping on the labels in Android 5.0 would open the full settings menu for that toggle. part from updates to Quick Settings, the update brings forward improved battery and RAM management.
Rest of the changes in Android 5.1 lie in the bug fixes and performance department, so it’s safe to say that this is not an earth shattering update many have been hoping for. But still, it’s great to see that Google is constantly working around the clock to make things as smooth and swift as possible for its user base out there.
It’s worth noting that the latest public release of Android Lollipop is version 5.0.2, and while the 5.1 release is meant for Android One devices from what we can figure, it would be interesting to see if the Mountain View giant brings the update to its other devices as well, such as the Nexus 6, 9, etc.
If the update does indeed roll out for other devices, apart from Android One, then we’ll have the updates and details right here, so stay tuned to our coverage.