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Android 5.1 release date and change-log tipped by leak

Android 5.0 still feels fresh out of Google HQ, but a new report has already pinned down the release date and change-log for the next big update.

‘Trusted sources closer to the matter’ have revealed that Android 5.1 will be landing before the end of February next year, as reported by AndroidPit.

Amusingly, this could mean the update will hit some OS-purist phones before other skinned Android devices even get the first Lollipop upgrade.

So what are going to see in the next version of Android? For starters, we’ll be getting the silent mode that was missing on Android 5.0.

There will also be a bunch of improvements to the device, namely targeting general system stability, RAM management, battery management, and new changes in the material design colour palette.

The updates also brings with it a hearty selection of fixes too, with Google looking to mend sudden app closures, excessive consumption of network devices on Wi-Fi, issues with wireless connections, problems with the ‘OK Google’ function, notification issues, and sound problems on select devices.

There are also ‘other improvements and changes’ promised, although it’s not yet clear what they will consist of.

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Google launched Android Lollipop just two months ago, marking a new era for the Mountain View-sired operating system.

The software overhaul brought with it 64-bit chip support, improved cross-platform functionality, a boost to battery life, and a ‘material design’ aesthetic re-jig.

The new update will be a welcome addition for consumers, many of whom have complained that Lollipop was bug-ridden.

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