Google has officially announced Android 5.1 Lollipop for Android One smartphones. This is the first time the low-cost, budget smartphones released in association with Google is going to get Android version update.
Google officially rolled out the first Android One smartphones in India back in Sept. 15, 2014. Since then, the phones have made their way into some other countries including Indonesia and Bangladesh. All Android One smartphones run on Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box.
However, Google’s official Android One homepage was showing Android 5.1 Lollipop for Android One smartphones in its Indonesian version. Sources said that Indonesia will be the first country to get the new Lollipop update on Android One phones. In fact, a website reported that the three Android One phones in the country — Evercoos One X, Mito Impact and Nexian Journey — will come pre-installed with the new version of the operating system, according to official Android website.
The latest version that Google has rolled out to its Nexus devices is Android 5.0.2. Some other manufacturers like Motorola has also pushed out Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to their smartphones while others are still preparing it. Google hasn’t traditionally pushed out new version of Android to any other smartphone before Nexus. However, the new tactics may help Google establish the fact that Android One phones are truly worth it for the price and regular update they will be receiving.
Users are already impatient about receiving Android Lollipop on their Android One smartphones. But if Android 5.1 Lollipop for Android One rolls out first, they will have nothing to complain about as that will definitely make them happy.
According to earlier reports, Android 5.1 Lollipop update was supposed to roll out to some devices by February. Judging by the fact that Android One devices in Indonesia are already on the verge of getting that, it’s pretty clear that Google is on the schedule. The new update is also expected to see a full, widespread release by June or July; right around the time when Google’s annual I/O conference takes place in California.
Sources said that Google will bring some minor improvements and fixes to Android 5.1 Lollipop including a new silent mode, better battery backup, improved RAM management, changes in the Material Design’s color palette, and some other fixes here and there. If all sources’ predictions turn out to be true, then this could be the first Android update released to Android One smartphones across the world.
Have you got yourself an Android One smartphone? What’s your take on the new initiative from Google?