Android 5.1 Lollipop update could roll out by end-February 2015, purported changelog leaked

By April Taylor , Dec 18, 2014 07:35 AM EST

Google could release its new Android 5.1 Lollipop update as soon as the first months of 2015, according to a new report.

Not too long ago, Google introduced Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest major update to its popular mobile operating system. Version 5.0 has not even rolled out yet to most smartphones and tablets, yet Google is apparently looking to release the updated version 5.1 already, sometime in the early months of 2015.

The news comes from AndroidPit, which cites trusted sources familiar with the situation.

"Breaking news! We've just been informed from two individual trusted sources close to the matter that Android 5.1 will be coming in Q1 of 2015! So early? Yes, we couldn't believe it at first either. Not only that, we have a changelog for you to peruse too!" the publication reports.

"Our source has informed us that Android 5.1 will be launched by the end of February 2015, and a second, completely separate source that is also privy to important information regarding Android updates, confirmed it. Not only that, this is allegedly a rather large update with many interesting new features!"

As expected, the first update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring numerous bug fixes and minor tweaks to the table, as always with a minor update to a major OS release. In addition, Android 5.1 Lollipop will also bring improvements to notifications, connections, as well as overall stability.

One of the most considerable changes, however, consists of the return of silent mode. When Android 5.0 started rolling out, many users were unhappy that the new OS version no longer had the silent mode for some reason. With Android 5.1, it seems that Google has taken user requests into consideration and re-added the feature.

Android 5.0 came as the greatest update since Ice Cream Sandwich and brought numerous neat features to the table, but it's not unusual for a major release to have a few kinks as well. For that reason, it's pretty common to see an update to a major release arrive soon after to add some maintenance tweaks and other minor updates. Android 5.1 is expected to fix many issues found in the major Android 5.0 release and, if this report turns out to be accurate, it will not take long for the update to start rolling out.

On the other hand, it all remains unconfirmed at this point and it's best to take this report with a grain of salt. We'll make sure to keep you up to date as soon as more information becomes available, so stay tuned.

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