Early Android 5.1.1 evidence hints at Google’s next release

It was just a little earlier this afternoon when we were thinking about the state of Android Lollipop releases, and how the availability of Android 5.1 was pushing OEMs like Motorola to reconsider their release plans for earlier Lollipop updates in favor of those using Google’s latest version. And while Motorola looks committed to Android 5.1, we may already be on the cusp of the next Android update, as early evidence arrives for a forthcoming Android 5.1.1 release.

The 5.1.1 mention shows up in the Android SDK manager, so while we haven’t seen any direct evidence of 5.1.1-running phones or tablets just yet, this developer-side support is a pretty clear indication that such a release is on its way.

As for when it might get here or what to expect feature-wise, there’s not a lot we know with any certainty, though a primary focus on bugfixes rather than any new capabilities is expected. In particular, there’s some hope that 5.1.1 could address some of the remaining memory leaks that have continued to plague Android Lollipop since its release. But it’s largely uncharted waters, so we’ll have to keep alert for any additional signs of what might be present under the hood.

Source: Android Police

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