Android Lollipop 5.1 Update Expected Within Days

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 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...

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