Android 5.1 Lollipop Changes Tipped in Latest Android One Screenshots
05 February, 2015
News and Updates / Software
The two big announcements from Google on Wednesday included the latest Android Lollipop build 5.1 to come along new Android One smartphones in Indonesia and much-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout for Android One smartphones in India in the next week or so.
Now, fresh developments have come out suggesting that Android 5.1 Lollipop might also be ready for Google Nexus devices and purported live images of the Indonesian Android One smartphones already running the Android version detail some of changes in the new build ahead of an official changelog from Google.
On Wednesday, Google revealed its plans in a blog post to launch Android One smartphones in Indonesia. In the meanwhile, on its dedicated Android One site for the country, Google noted the smartphones will run Android 5.1 Lollipop - however, the company has not yet responded with further details. With the launch, Indonesia will become the fifth country after India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to receive Android One smartphones. While Google is yet to announce a release date for the new devices, it's VP Product Management, Caesar Sengupta said, "In Indonesia, we're working with leading partners Evercoss, Mito and Nexian to make high-quality smartphones for less than IDR 1.5 million (approximately Rs. 7,330)."
Shortly after the announcement, Android Police published purported images and screenshots of two of the Android One smartphones to be launched in Indonesia, made by Evercross and Nexian. The images have tipped one change that we should expect in the updated Android 5.1 Lollipop build. To remind you, the build hasn't been officially previewed or detailed by Google as yet.
As seen in the screenshots obtained by Android Police, Google has tweaked the quick settings toggles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, apart from toggling on/ off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icon with a simple tap, users are required to tap below to access full switch menu of both. But in Android 5.1 Lollipop Google appears has tweaked this a little, and now users will reportedly see a down arrow sign which on tapping opens up a list without leaving the quick settings.
Android Police also claims to have found some evidence that some Nexus devices are already running test builds of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with visitor data gleaned from the site's servers showing Nexus devices with Android 5.1 builds - LMY29C on the Nexus 5, LMY22E on the Nexus 9, and LMY29C, LMY29D and LMY22E on the Nexus 6. With a few Nexus devices already running the OS version, it is being speculated Google will announce the official factory images and OTA updates for the Nexus lineup soon.
In the meanwhile, Android Pit has shared a leaked changelog list for Android 5.1 Lollipop, obtained in December, which lists improvements corresponding to bugs that have been reported since Android 5.0 Lollipop released: addition of silent mode; 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; fixes for issues with wireless connections; fixes for Ok Google function; fixes for notifications problems; some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed, and changes in the Material Design colour palette.