Android 5.1.1 goes official as first Nexus factory image lands
We first caught sight of Google’s Android 5.1.1 update back at the start of the month, mentioned in the release of a new SDK. Then last week, 5.1.1 was showing up on some official Android dev pages, measuring Nexus family audio latency. It sure felt like a release could happen at any moment, but when? Well, today’s our day, as the first Android 5.1.1 release quietly appears as a factory image available for download.
What’s maybe most notable about the way Android 5.1.1 is emerging is that the first device to get it isn’t a Nexus phone nor a Nexus tablet, but the Android TV Nexus Player. That’s not to suggest that this release will be an Android TV exclusive – and certainly, that audio latency page revealed 5.1.1 builds for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 – but this just happens to be how it’s first emerging.
So far we haven’t seen a formal set of release notes for 5.1.1, but the presumption is that we’re looking at what will amount to a collection of bugfixes – at least, we haven’t heard anything yet about bold new features. Chances are that we’ll get a better sense of what’s new over the days and weeks to come, especially as we see Android 5.1.1 start to arrive for additional Nexus family members.