As adoption of Google's latest version of Android, Lollipop, continues to grow, another Lollipop update -- Android 5.1 -- is expected to begin rolling out this week. Set to become available first on Nexus devices, likely starting with the N7, the new version of Android is "supposed to make Android buttery smooth again," according to AndroidPolice.com founder Artem Russakovskii.
When it launched Lollipop last November, Google called it the "biggest update of Android to date." The top change was "material design," an approach intended to ensure Lollipop delivered a consistent and integrated user experience across multiple devices.
On the downside, however, Lollipop also delivered numerous problems with fast-draining batteries, as well as Wi-Fi connection difficulties. Google addressed some of these issues by releasing versions 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 in December, but many users continued to report Lollipop bugs.
KitKat Remains Top Flavor
According to the latest figures from Google, Lollipop now has a 3.3 percent share of Android users, up from the 1.6 percent reported in February. However, the most-used version of Android remains KitKat 4.4, which has 40.9 percent of the market.
Citing "one of our solid sources," AndroidPolice's Russakovskii said that, "barring anything unexpected," Lollipop 5.1 should be out later this week. He added that an update hasn't come out until now because "Google's been having some issues with battery life."
Lollipop 5.1 has already started appearing on some Spice Mobile Android One phones in India, according to a report Monday by NDTV Gadgets. Quoting a statement from Spice Mobile, it reported that the update would provide "a significantly improved smartphone experience with an enhanced visual appeal, user interface and general improvements in system stability."
Encryption Still 'Optional'
Meanwhile, news has emerged that not all new Lollipop devices will have encryption enabled by default, as Google promised last September. An update posted on Google's official Android blog explained: "Due to performance issues on some Android partner devices, we are not yet at encryption by default on every new Lollipop device."
However, the update added, new Nexus devices are encrypted by default, and users of Android versions Jelly Bean and above can enable encryption through their device's security settings. The note concluded, "We remain firmly committed to encryption because it helps keep users safe and secure on the Web."
The latest documentation for Google's Android Compability Program, published on Jan. 11, says that new Android devices with a lock screen must support full-disk encryption and should enable such encryption out of the box. However, default encryption for devices without a lock screen remains optional for now.
"While this requirement is stated as SHOULD for this version of the Android platform, it is very strongly RECOMMENDED as we expect this to change to MUST in the future versions of Android," the document says.
Posted: 2015-03-06 @ 5:43pm PT
where is the update on spice android one phones? spice and google both are creating curiosity on phones not on os updates....
Posted: 2015-03-06 @ 7:29am PT
Why not on micromax android one ...
No news about a1 ..
Even micromax is better company than spice but they got first
Posted: 2015-03-06 @ 5:51am PT
No for canvas a1, no update showing yaar.
Posted: 2015-03-06 @ 12:25am PT
What about android one?