We’ve been expecting another maintenance release for Lollipop, after 5.0.2, for a little while now, but what was unknown is whether or not this would be Android 5.0.3, or whether it would be a larger jump to Android 5.1. Thanks to the sleuths over at Android Police, we now know the answer to this question – Android 5.1 is real, it currently exists in the wild, and we should probably expect updates to start rolling out very soon.
In fact, the Indonesian site for Android One has a large number of references to Android 5.1, even though Google hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Furthermore, Android Police has obtained photos of a newly unboxed Indonesian Android One phone running Android 5.1, build LMY29F. And in case that’s not enough for you, Android Police has confirmed that Android 5.1 has been pinging its servers in recent weeks on the Nexus 6, 7, and 9. Even though the latter is hard to fake, taken in conjunction with everything, there is a good chance thaqat this is authentic.
We don’t know exactly what to expect in terms of new features and bug fixes, although on the top of my wishlist is WiFi calling for the Nexus 6, and a fix for the memory leakage bug that only seems to affect my Nexus 9.
What do you want to see in Android 5.1?