While Android 5.0 Lollipop is slowly making its way out to the masses, it seems that Google already has an Android 5.1 in the works. This was recently spotted when Google gave a presentation at a developer’s event in the Netherlands where there were some references made to Android Lollipop MR1.
For those unfamiliar, MR1 is usually used as a designation for Android’s first maintenance release for new builds, which in this case is most likely referring to Android 5.1. Of course there’s no guarantee that this is the case, but based on previous experience it does seem to indicate at that.
That being said this is hardly a surprise. When iOS 8 was released, there were talks about how iOS 8.1 was already in the works which not only addressed some of the less-breaking bugs, but also included performance improvements and new features, which we expect that Android 5.1 will be bringing to the table as well.
A possible feature that might be introduced in Android 5.1 would be the “Hands-free” feature we reported on yesterday. This feature is similar to the Moto X’s touchless control where users can speak directly to their phone, without touching it, to get it to read out notifications which might come handy when driving.
No word on when Android 5.1 will be released, but we doubt it will be anytime soon as Android 5.0 has yet to make its way to the majority of Android users yet.