Android 5.1 (!) spotted running on Android One devices headed for Indonesia

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 4, 2015

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Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a new version of Android spotted in the wild with nary a word from Google.

Google announced a few hours ago the upcoming availability of the Android One program in Indonesia. Following India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, this is the fifth country where Google is rolling out its affordable smartphone program. So far, nothing special… except Android 5.1 is mentioned multiple times on the Indonesian Android One landing page, and there’s even a subtle reference to it in the press image (above), where time is set to 5:10.

But the more solid evidence comes from images of the device hitting Indonesia obtained by the folks at Android Police. The images show, black on white, that the software running on the Android One-powered Nexian Journey is Android 5.1.

android one indonesia 5.1

Given this and the references from the promo site, it looks very likely that Android 5.1 is real, and, probably, coming soon to more devices. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we don’t see Google delaying an official announcement for too long.

What will be new in Android 5.1? We have no details yet, but last year, Android Pit ran an exclusive story claiming Android 5.1 would land by the end of this month, bringing fixes to several glaring problems present in Android 5.0, including the return or proper silent mode and better memory management.

It’s odd that Google is shipping updated software to new devices before even announcing it, but it happened in the past, albeit with smaller revisions. Hopefully, official info is coming soon.

What do you hope to see in Android 5.1?

  • Alicemad

    I hope to see bug fixes. Android 5.0.x is glitched and bugged as hell. Battery life is worse than KitKat’s and reminds me the awful battery life of Android 4.1.

    • Pavle Milićević

      I’d recommend factory reset, got the same problem with Lollipop at the begining after update, but did everything from scratch and it actually extended my battery life on Nexus 4.

    • Stian van der Krug

      I’d go for a factory reset. I have no problem with my devices running 5.0.x, both got better battery life!

      • h_f_m

        Same here…

    • Arsene’s zip

      No glitches, bugs, or battery issues for me across 3 Nexuseseses (Nexi?!)

    • Nick V

      My Nexus 5 has taken a nose dive in performance and battery since the 5.x.x updates. This needs to be addressed without the need to “Factory Reset” your phone.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        Gave my nexus 5 to my mom, prior to lollipop it was buttery smooth, now it’s just horrible.

        • Nick V

          I wouldn’t say my Nexus 5 is horrible, but the battery life is no where near what it was. Hopefully the next update will fix these issues.

  • i really wish that the latest updates would have better features than the earlier versions…read here about the android latest news..

  • JD

    A Silent mode à la kitkat

  • Anton Soemitro

    It is real. It has been confirmed during the press conference (Goggle VP of Android – Caesar Sangupta) that Android One in Indonesia will be the first one globally that carry Android 5.1 (with OTA update in India for the Android One as well). Nothing has been confirmed for the Nexus lineup yet. Information can be found in Indonesian newspaper of or .

  • MasterMuffin

    Can’t be major if there’s no announcement

    • fatspirit

      “Userdebug” means that it’s not a release version.

      • MasterMuffin

        Didn’t look at the pic :)

        • crutchcorn

          So gentlement, to clarify, Master Muffin turns off images and reads and spell checks every last word. Seems legit

          • MasterMuffin

            If I happen to hit a typo, I check if there are others. Also I rarely check pics/vids unless someone makes a comment about them

          • crutchcorn

            You are my nightmares about English class come to life. xD

          • MasterMuffin

            But unlike nightmares, I watch you when you sleep ( ͡o ͜ʖ ͡o)

          • crutchcorn

            That’s funny… Because I never sleep. Too busy standing right out of your window. ( ͡o ͜ʖ ͡o)

          • MasterMuffin

            Standing in the air? You live up to your profile pic

          • crutchcorn
  • fatspirit

    I want native AppOps, no unlogged notification drawer access (or view only), memory leaks fixes, no lockscreen camera access.

    • Oobiewan

      *optional lockscreen camera access. I still want it, and a lot of others I guess

      • fatspirit

        Correction accepted (:

        • h_f_m

          Yeah.. i use the lockscreen camera access quite often. Unlocking my phone to get to the camera is a PITA when it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • Clinton

    Let them first update existing Android One devices to Lollipop and then let’s talk about getting 5.1.

    • Anita Francis

      You are right @Clinton first they need to think about existing device Lollipop update

  • Juan A C
    • Anita Francis

      Hahahaha…..Funny video….I like it

  • Chris

    Media volume slider in the notifications (brightness is already there).

  • Jack

    A “Close all apps” button is desperately needed. No one wants to constantly swipe the screen to close apps.

    • David Onter

      Especially now that the cards stay after a reboot…

    • doode

      We could have phones with 10 gigs of RAM and 30 day battery life and I’d be willing to bet some of you would still be wanting to swipe all apps out of recents.

      • Oobiewan

        Although I have only one gig of RAM, I usually close apps to fix them misbehaving. And yes, when multiple apps are misbehaving or I don’t need any of the others, I want to close them all.

      • crutchcorn

        I would. Keeps things clean

    • crutchcorn

      It’d be nice – but you have to understand that there is a reasoning for keeping it without – as many will remove all apps just to open new ones and create battery life issues

  • Mark

    Seems the new version of Android won’t be introduced with the new Nexus.

  • InternetTroll

    “what do you hope to see…?” More fragmentation. It seems so does Mr. Google.

  • SugarFreeTargets

    Is it no longer going to be called Lollipop?

    • TDN

      It will still be Lollipop, too early in 2015 to release “M”.

    • Lindle

      M will probly bring something new. 4.1-4.3 stayed as JB cause there were only minor improvements. KK and Lolipop brought a new design.

  • StickerBob

    I want App Ops back!

    • StickerBob

      Just saw someone else thinking the same thing in between me starting my comment and the delay it took to finish. :)

  • Kishore Venktesh

    References? The android one site mentions that the device runs lollipop 5.1! what more proof do you need?

  • Michał Ostrowski

    Why no one has noticed that this ROM has userdebug enabled and is signed with dev-keys? I suppose it’s going to be some time actually until 5.1 is released…

    • TDN

      Exactly, I think this was an accidental shipment, kind of like the Nexus 6 units that shipped with KitKat.

  • hzd

    Hope they fix loads of issues including BT issues and streaming audio issues.

    His about fixing the silent mode option, and adding a reboot power option !

    Oh and the big fat memory leak

  • luke4445

    I want to see fixes to the glaringly obvious bugs, like when the system slows down because of the memory issues, or if you try to record a video it records at like 5fps, and although minor, if you swipe away all your cards and go back to recent there will still be something in there such as android system, swipe that away and go back in and there could still be something in there.

  • Rifki

    Hi. Reporting from Indonesia. The 3 android one devices are One X, Impact, & Journey. Price ranged from $56-$80. The specs: 4.5″ FWVGA screen, 1.3 GHz Quadcore processor (MediaTek), 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP back & 2MP front camera, dual SIM card, 1700 mAH battery. I don’t know if Lollipop 5.1 will run smoothly on that specs