Android 5.1.1 may have only been released to the Nexus devices a few weeks ago but Google is already rolling the update out to non-Nexus smartphones. We’ve already given you the Android 5.1.1 OTA links for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 and now, the update is available for a range of Google’s Android One devices.
When Android One first made its debut, one of the biggest promises was that it would provide timely access to newer versions of Android, as Google itself controls software updates for the devices. Rather than leave the development of software to OEM partners, Android One brings stock Android and a software release program that allows Google to roll out the latest versions of Android quickly.
Android One may have been delayed in finally jumping from KitKat to Lollipop but Google isn’t stopping there and thanks to a tip, we have now gathered up the OTA Build links for the following Android One devices:
Like all images, installing these updates is something you do at your own risk but the process is relatively easy. First, place the zip file on your Android One device, then boot into recovery, select the zip file and flash it to your device. The update will install, your phone will reboot and it’s ready to use. If you’d rather wait for it to show up on your device, you can wait for a prompt or manually check for it by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
The Android 5.1.1 is mainly a bug-fix update, bringing solutions to a range of user-reported problems, including the Nexus 5 camera issues that affected some users after the original Android 5.1 update. As always, Google hasn’t published a changelog but the update may also include the long-awaited fix for the memory leak issues that have affected devices running on Lollipop.
While Google itself hasn’t added new features to Android 5.1.1 for stock Android devices – like Android One devices – other OEMs have used the update to add new features to their respective devices. The update leaked for the Galaxy S6 a few days ago and the biggest changes are the ability to shoot pictures in RAW, manual exposure and user interface tweaks.
Have you installed Android 5.1.1 on your Android One device? What improvements, fixes or new features have you found? Let us know your views guys!