Google may (or may not) release Android 5.1 soon, but either way the OS needs TLC

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Apparently, Google isn’t done updating Lollipop. Citing two unnamed but “trusted” sources, AndroidPIT alleges that Google will push a major software update in the new year. One of the two sources says the release is targeted for late February.

The report says the Android 5.1 update will come bundled with a RAM management feature, enhanced stability, and a fix for sudden app closures (which I’ve personally been experiencing with the Nexus 9 on an almost daily basis).

There’s also a change log associated with this news. The full list of features bundled with the update is rumored to include:

• 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

The story behind the story: There’s no way to officially confirm whether the February update to Lollipop is happening or not—at least not right now. That said, the “leaked” change log does add a smidgen of tenability to the rumor, if only because it points to specific issues with Lollipop that need to be addressed. It’s almost like a wish list of sorts, from Android users to Google engineers.

Also, if Google does send out a mid-term update to its latest mobile operating system, it may throw off the OEMs. We still haven’t seen what Samsung, LG, and HTC will do with Lollipop, so what if their builds address some of what’s wrong with the latest version from Google? Will it give users more incentive to try out a third-party version of Android, or will it further exacerbate the issue of fragmentation in the Android sphere?

Those answers will come with time. For now, we just know that the fixes listed in the presumptive change log look great on paper.

This story, "Google may (or may not) release Android 5.1 soon, but either way the OS needs TLC" was originally published by Greenbot.

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