When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop in November 12, 2014, it was not expecting that its latest mobile operating system would have a rough sailing at the onset.
And when it was finally rolled out initially on Nexus and Motorola devices, the bugs and glitches started showing up.
While nearly every manufacturer of Android devices are looking forward to finally getting the sweet taste of the Lollipop through over-the-air update, some were discerning enough to take the wait-and-see attitude, which proved to be a good decision.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop was riddled with bugs that it necessitated Google not just one but two update patches – the Android 5.0.1 released in late November, and the Android 5.0.2 released in mid-December.
Despite the two patches, some leftover bugs and other operational problems occasionally creep into Android devices, much to the chagrin of their owners, and also of Google.
Bigger update than a patch
The Christian Examiner got wind of an information from the Android Pit that Google felt that a third patch – likely in the form of Android 5.0.3 – may be sufficient to address the leftover bugs, glitches and other issues that were not addressed by the two previous patches.
However, the third patch may not be able to guarantee that subsequent bugs and other problems may again come out as a result of the latest patch with bug fixes.
With that thought on its mind, Google is now seriously planning to roll out instead a bigger systems update, rather than a mere patch of its latest mobile operating system called the Android 5.1 Lollipop.
This means that this is no longer a patch but a completely new and improved Lollipop mobile operating system version. Layman normally refers to systems update as the higher version of the original or first edition.
The first devices on the list
In the first week of January, Sony has announced that it will be rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop on all its Xperia smartphones and tablets line in February. With the plan of Google to roll out a bigger systems update to the Lollipop, it is most likely that Sony will instead roll out the Android 5.1 on its devices.
It seems also that it’s not just Sony who will be among the first smartphone manufacturers who will get a taste of the sweetier Android 5.1 Lollipop but also the HTC flagship smartphones and several key Nexus devices.
The Android 5.1 Lollipop is reportedly being eyed by HTC to roll out to its last two flagship smartphones the HTC One M8 and the HTC One M7 also in February. With the planned release of its upcoming flagship smartphone this year – the HTC One M9 – it is most likely that it would take on the Android 5.1 Lollipop as well.
The system update are also said to be rolling out on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 this February.