Android 5.1 Lollipop Changelog : Bug Fixes and System Improvements Galore

Google has quietly released version 5.1 of Android Lollipop and it appears entry-level One series smartphones in emerging markets will be the first to get it.

Essentially, this upgrade is meant to even out and polish the rough ends and edges of the initial Lollipop release, which is plagued with numerous bugs -- most obvious and notable of which is lack of Silent Mode, constant app crashes, and - in some cases - shortened battery life. (This is the reason why I'm not really all that excited to get Android Lollipop 5.0 upgrade on my flagship smartphones; Yes, it's cool to get it ahead of others but that version is still way too buggy and unstable to be fully enjoyed.)

Android 5.1 Lollipop

According to trusted sources of tech website AndroidPit, Android 5.1 Lollipop will bring the following bug fixes and overall system improvements:
  • Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
  • 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
  • Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)
But how many Android users are actually already using Lollipop? We don't have approximate figures -- but they're not nearly as many as those who are on Jelly Bean and KitKat or at least, not yet.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Distribution Pie Chart

A couple of days ago, the latest version of Android finally appeared in the platform version distribution chart for developers. The graph shows that - as of February 2, 2015 - 1.6% of Android users are already on Lollipop. This may not sound like much but if there are one billion consumers who are on Google's mobile platform, it means that around 16 million of them are already experiencing the issues noted above. That said, Android 5.1 Lollipop is a great step forward for fans of this OS and I welcome it with open arms.