For Android smartphone users, software update gives their phones a fresh look. After the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, where users were treated to massive UI changes, Google is expected to rollout the Android 5.1 Lollipop to its users. Samsung's 2015 flagship smartphones, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, have received the first Lollipop update but are due for the next major release, Android 5.1. There is no official rollout date for the new software, but a Canadian carrier Rogers has mentioned that the Android 5.1 for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge would be released by next month.
According to Rogers Community Forums, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are currently running Android 5.0.2, while Android 5.1 is on Google Nexus 6, 5 and 4 models. There are a host of other smartphone models with their current OS, but the forum has listed a prominent release timeframe only for Samsung smartphones.
Unlike Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 5.1 will not bring radical changes. The OS upgrade is mainly focused on improving the overall performance of the handset and bring stability. The update will also address some known issues from previous builds through bug fixes. According to SamMobile, the Android 5.1 update will also add new features such as Guest Mode, and the ability to capture RAW images from Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.
Guest Mode was excluded by Samsung, even though Google added the feature in Android 5.0. But the next update is said to add the personal space to your phone. With Guest Mode, multiple users can have their own profiles, apps and home-screens protected by their finger prints.
Although it seems Rogers' timeline is accurate, the carrier also notes that "all dates are subject to change." It means getting your hopes high over the early rollout of Android 5.1 for your Samsung flagship smartphones could result in some disappointment.