The latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, may only be on 1.6 percent of devices, but Android 5.1 is already starting to show up on new phones.
On Tuesday, Google announced that its low-cost smartphone program, Android One, is expanding past the Indian subcontinent into Indonesia. Some of the Indonesian Android One Phones, including the Nexian Journey and Evercoss One X, are running Android 5.1 out of the box, according to AndroidPolice and Google. That means that the latest Android update is available on certain Android One devices even before Nexus devices.
Although an Android 5.1 changelog isn’t available yet, the update will likely bring a slew of performance and stability updates, according to AndroidPit, and may bring back the silent mode setting many have been missing in Android 5.0.
According to Google, there are three Android One devices going on sale in Indonesia from four different retailers. The devices are all similar, packing 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 pixel screens and quad-core processors presumably from MediaTek. Google also has a deal with Telkom Indonesia to “zero-rate” Android update data — so when users update their operating system it won’t cost them money.
When Android One was launched, Google promised those devices — despite costing as little as $120 — would get new versions of Android “soon after they were released” for both security and performance reasons. However, certain Android One devices in India haven’t even received the Android 5.0 update yet. For those with Nexus devices in the United States and Europe, though, Android 5.1 can’t be too far off.