HTC Tweet Suggests Lollipop's Android 5.1 Might Be Landing In March


Over the last couple of weeks, there has been intense speculation about the next step-up in terms of the android operating system. For those unfamiliar with the recent news, we are talking about Android 5.x (Lollipop) but not talking about the major step-up from Android 4.4 (KitKat) to Android 5.0. Instead, we are talking about the step up within Lollipop from Android 5.0 to Android 5.1. Although, this might not sound like the biggest update in the world, for those that need it, it will be a welcomed upgrade. Not only is a more of an update than an incremental update like the recent Android 5.0.2 updates that have been rolling out, but it will come with some (rumored) important maintenance aspects. For instance, this will be a much bigger bug fix update than the incremental ones and it is also rumored to be reinstalling some features which were for whatever reason left out when Google migrated android from KitKat to Lollipop. A prime example of these lost features is Silent Mode.

Well, as noted, there has been an increase in the amount of reports coming through in regards to Android 5.1 and these all started when it was reported that Android One devices in Indonesia were expecting to come preloaded with Android 5.1. Following on from this, a Moto G (2nd generation) was also spotted running Android 5.1 and even more recently, a report came through yesterday that a Nexus 5 was spotted on Geekbench running Android 5.1. On an interesting side note, another report came through earlier today showing another Nexus 5 on Geekbench actually running on Android 5.2.


Well, the latest on Android 5.1 is that a tweet sent out by HTC's Mo VersiĀ (source link below) seems to suggest that 5.1 might be landing next month in March. As per usual with this sort of thing, the tweet was a little vague and did not reference Android 5.1 specifically. That said, when answering a question from an HTC Lollipop user about a bug fix, Versi replied that the fix would be sent out along with the next MR (maintenance release) by Google and also noted this MR as coming in March. There is of course, no firm way to be sure that the MR in question is Android 5.1, although with the high speculation surrounding the imminent roll-out of 5.1, this latest snippet would certainly suggest the MR referenced is the 5.1 update. What do you think? We had previously heard that it was supposed to be available in February, now it is being suggested March. When do you think it will land? Let us know.

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