Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1 update and release begin in development. Samsung isn’t talking about the Galaxy Android 5.1 release yet, but thanks to a series of leaks, we now have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s next big Lollipop update.
Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update first rolled out in December. Since then, we’ve seen a rapid rollout of Android 5.0, Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates for top devices and mid-range devices. The company continues to be extremely busy as we enter the year.
Back in March, Google released a brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop update to Android 5.1. Android 5.1 is bigger than your standard bug fix update as it brings bug fixes as well as new features. Last month, Google replaced Android 5.1 with a smaller bug fixer called Android 5.1.1. Android 5.1.1 serves as the most current version of Android.
At first Android 5.1 was limited to Nexus devices. Now, it’s starting to hit other devices like the Moto X and Moto E as well. The update is also rumored for several popular Samsung smartphones, and we’ve seen rumors continue to emerge from the shadows as we head into summer.
Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1 version has not been confirmed, but probably thanks to a series of leaks and rumors. We’ve been flooded with Android 5.1 questions from Galaxy smartphone and tablet users with swirling details. We can’t answer all of them but what we can do is give you an updated look at the Galaxy Android 5.1 version. Here’s what we expect from Samsung, Android 5.1 and Android 5.1.
Galaxy S6 Before Android 5.0.2 Bug Fix Updates
Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but we have a feeling that Android 5.1 isn’t next for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or any other.
Today, Samsung has started releasing a crucial bug fix release for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. This is not an Android 5.1 update. Instead, it handles Android 5.0.2. The update offers a number of important fixes and is expected to improve performance and fix persistent memory issues.
The update is limited to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices in Italy and the UK, but we know it will roll out to other models in the near future.
Galaxy S6 Android 5.1 Initial Release
So far, Android 5.1 Lollipop has been confirmed for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. There were rumors about the Galaxy Grand Prime Android 5.1 update, although it looks like Samsung’s. Preparing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update in its place.
At this point, with rumors and leaks, we expect the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to debut on Android 5.1 Lollipop. And it may not even be close.
While we can certainly see Samsung rolling out Android 5.1 to older devices like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, we don’t expect these devices to come close to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge updates.
Samsung’s current flagships will almost certainly be the first in an update that will likely be more than your average Android update release.
Android 5.1 Version in USA
Yes, we expect the Android 5.1 update to impact users in the US. The only clue we have is a recent leak for a T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge user. We’re still not entirely sure how it got the update, but that was clearly a mistake on the part of Samsung or T-Mobile USA.
The leak confirms a release for Galaxy S6 Edge users on T-Mobile, but we doubt T-Mobile is the only US carrier to test this software behind the scenes. This is a very important update and we think it will come to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models in the United States. If not, we would be shocked.
Android 5.1 Version Before Android M
Google will take the stage at Google I/O 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco later this month. The company has outlined some of the things it will be talking about during its developer event, and its loose-lips lead us to believe it will outline an Android M update on May 28.
Android M is expected to be the successor to Android L, also known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android M will likely go official later this month and will likely roll out to many Samsung smartphones and tablets. We didn’t expect it to arrive before Android 5.1.
It’s possible that Google will release an Android M update this summer with something new. The company has used the summer window in the past. A developer preview program that is a fancy term for “beta” will likely be out sometime this fall/winter.
Google likes to release its new software in November. And with the Galaxy Android 5.1 rumors starting to get stronger, we have a good feeling this update will arrive before November.
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update
Wait for Samsung to release Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and not Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1.1 is a minor bug fixer that fixes some persistent issues within Google’s operating system. It makes sense for Samsung to release the latest version, and we’ve already seen concrete evidence emerging.
HE T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1 update? Yes, it was Android 5.1.1. We expect nothing less than the latest version of Android 5.0.
So far, we’ve heard about two major features that should arrive with the Android 5.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
One is Guest Mode. Guest Mode is a feature that allows Android users to create multiple profiles on one phone. It’s great if you’re sharing a phone with someone you love, kids, or have curious friends who like to borrow or use your phone. Given that it was available in the Android 5.1.1 leak, we expect this feature to be built in.
Android 5.1 is also expected to introduce some new camera features to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users. These camera features are still shrouded in mystery SamMobile believes That Android 5.1 could provide full support for Google’s camera API. if this is true, it could mean “Support for features not currently available on the S6 and S6 edge, such as the option to control the shutter speed and shooting in RAW”.
These specs are also rumored for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a device that isn’t expected to launch until much later this year, possibly in the fall.
Bug Fixes for Lollipop Issues
We haven’t seen a single bug fix rumored for the Android 5.1.1 update, but we’d be shocked if Samsung’s next major Lollipop release fails to bring improvements and fixes to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. We expect carriers to make their own improvements as well.