Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update spotted on Google’s own site, may be released by end April

Google is testing Android 5.1.1 update, fixes the memory leak bug that crashed Apps and made Android smartphones slow

The attractive thing about Android and other open source is that there’s a great deal of transparency in the delivery, therefore immediately after the release of any update for Android, the tech forums are filled with the positives and negatives about the updates which helps Google to pin point any flaw or bug.

In the last few days there have been a couple of unsubstantiated murmurs about an incremental update for Android 5.1.1 being in the works. Now confirmed (thanks Andrew for the tip) to be the case, on the Android Audio latency page the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 are listed as having Android 5.1.1 as their latest build and  the SDK Manager on Android Studio, API22 includes reference to Android 5.1.1

A lot of older phones are getting up to speed with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google appears to be working on another incremental update, though it’s unclear what big features it’ll include.

The most recent update available to consumers is Android 5.1, but a newer build is already showing up on official Android pages. Android Police reports that Android 5.1.1 has appeared on Google’s Android audio latency information page, suggesting fans can expect something fresh in the coming weeks.

Google has just recently started rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop within the last few weeks, but there may be another software version already on its way sometime soon. The next version would be Android 5.1.1, and it was recently found running on the Nexus 9 and Wi-fi Nexus 7 (2013) model on Google’s Android Audio Latency information page. The Nexus 9 is running build number LMY47S and the Wi-fi Nexus 7 (2013) is shown running build number LMY47W.

The fact that the update is already up and running suggests something is imminent or it could just be that Google is working behind the scenes for something to come after Google I/O.

Android 5.1.1 lollipop for Nexus 9 and Nexus 7:

As we have reported earlier that Google had announced the very latest Android 5.1 Lollipop in March fixing earlier depicted bugs and improving performance. The Android 5.1.1 update was expected to be released very soon for the Nexus devices.

Build numbers LMY47S and LMY47W were seen powering the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 7 (2013), respectively. This update would likely be an incremental update for usual bug fixing. Considering there are reports of still some major bugs remained to be fixed, it could give us some context on why Google is sending out another update that is close to the Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The memory leak bug which was present in all Android versions higher than Android 5.0.1 including the latest Android 5.1 made phone slower, with apps restarting or crashing on their own or a sudden drop in RAM and overall slowdown.

Later, with the release of latest Android 5.1, the official code forum filled up with users complaining about downfall in performance after they updated to the latest version. The forum users stated that the reason the slowdown in performance was due to an old Memory leak bug which hasn’t been patched yet.

Google is expected to release the next update quite soon to fix these issues. However, there was no confirmation that we will actually be seeing one in coming week or so as this could very well just be a sign of Google testing the update with no intention of rolling it out anytime soon. Unlikely, but you never know.

Android 5.1.1 will be fixing all issues such as the memory leak issue along with other little bugs too. The update will stable the performance of devices and possibly improve battery life too.-

Following the comments from Android users, finally, Google has acknowledge the bug and said that they have internally resolved the same. The users will have to wait for the fix which Google said, will be released with next patch for Android Lollipop.

With all of these factors together, the indications are that we should see an announcement and perhaps a rollout of 5.1.1 to Nexus devices sooner rather than later. But that… is merely speculation.


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