Google has made a major announcement in the Google I/O 2015 held on May 28 and 29 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California by saying that the next big version of its mobile operating system is Android M which will come out in the third quarter of this year.
While the announcement thrilled Android users to no end, it also signals that the era of the Android Lollipop is about to draw to a close. It also put pressure on Google to speed up the release of its Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which it initially rolled out in April to various mobile devices.
When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop in November last year, the first devices to take on the new mobile operating system then were the Nexus devices.
So it no longer came as a surprise that when the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was rolled out in April, Nexus devices were among those that got it first.
It actually took Google several weeks to get it and its crucial bug fixes were released to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and the Nexus 9. As the firmware update is a mere 15MB patch, the rollout proved to be unpredictable and extremely slow. Apparently, Google still needed to test the software for each device behind the scene so that it makes sure it will get things right, notes Gotta Be Mobile.
The American software company surely does not want to encounter the same problem it had when it rolled out the Android 5.0 Lollipop to Nexus and Motorola devices late last year.
Increase rate in the release of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
With Google’s announcement of its Android M, it has been keenly noted that there has been a marked increase in the rate of over-the-air (OTA) updates of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to other Android devices including the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6.
Reports have it that it will just be a matter of time before the update appears on all versions of the rest of the Nexus devices. It has been said that it would take Google some two weeks or more to complete rolling out the update to Nexus devices.
Thus far, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is doing just fine with the Nexus 6, the Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7 2013.
The update was extremely stable on the Nexus phablets and it seems that after encountering a lot of problems with the Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has finally hit the right chord with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Unfortunately, the right chord can only play good tune on its own within the next four months as its successor will finally be coming after that.
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Samsung devices
In addition to the roll out of Google’s latest mobile operating system to various other devices outside of Nexus including Motorola, Sony, HTC, among other key smartphone makers, Samsung has also started to roll out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to its devices.