The newest major version of Android was announced back in mid-October as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Since then, Google has released a single maintenance release. Known as Android 5.0.1 (build LRX22C), it is just beginning to make its way across Nexus devices. Now comes word that Google is already hard at work on the next update. According to AndroidPit, Android 5.1 will be released some time in Q1 of 2015.
A separate source also provided a changelog that suggests that Android 5.1 will be another maintenance 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)
It’s not immediately clear if this is the complete changelog or if we can expect to also some new features.
The report adds that Google is currently aiming for a late February launch. Should this latest version follow so soon after Android 5.0.1, we may see manufacturers opt to skip Android 5.0 and 5.0.1 updates and go directly to Android 5.1 instead.
Source : AndroidPit