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Already? Android 5.1 (still Lollipop) rumored for February 2015 launch

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Android LollipopThe newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.

But the KitKat to Lollipop transition is proving rather tricky for Big G, which needed a little extra time than expected to fully stabilize the OS and send out OTAs even to vanilla-running Nexuses. Now that (most) glitches are behind the search giant, 5.1 work is reportedly well underway, with the new firmware tipped to debut in February, yes, February 2015.

Too soon? You’d certainly think so, since we can still count the number of 5.0-powered Androids on one hand. But maybe Android Pit and the publication’s “trusted sources” got their wires crossed, and what Google is actually prepping is 5.0.2.

Granted, the speculated changelog is quite hefty, but all in all, its highlights consist mostly of further bug fixes and stability improvements rather than all-new features and functions. Silent mode is a part of what’s to come, but its very omission in 5.0 was likely the result of a last-minute critical bug.

Then you have “general improvements in system stability”, superior RAM management, subtle tweaks in Material Design chromatics, wireless connection and power consumption revisions, and various patches applied to specific mishaps. Yup, sounds like a 5.0.2 to us. And no, there’s no way we’re looking at an M rebranding already. Sorry, Marshmallow, Macaroon and Muffin, Lollipop is here to stay.

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