The team behind the Android One website have just announced the debut of Android’s new 5.1 model and their new partnership, courtesy of Apple, has their customers thrilled. The new upgrade is solely available only for Android One electronics. The debut has come off as a bit of a surprise since Google has made no official announcement in regards to the 5.1 upgrade.
Android One’s webpage lists a number of details that explain some of the various new features, or extensions to older ones. Some of these are extended battery life, fixed bugs for wi-fi and other notifications and the addition of a silent mode option. Anonymous reports given to Android Pit, a blog site following the team behind the new model, said that 5.1 was originally set to premiere at the end of the month. Even with all the updates from 5.0, the new installment appears to have been completed earlier than expected.
Google has not yet stepped forward with any comments on the premature release of the Lollipop 5.1, and that may be in part because of the issues they faced with Lollipop 5.0. Back in November of 2014, the devices that run the program were struck with several glitches. Google was prompt in their operation to resolve the bugs and get their product back onto shelves. And with this early release of 5.1, the internet mogul may be withholding comment until the public can respond first.
While the bigwigs at Google are reserving their judgments, they may not have many public criticisms to fear. The debut of 5.1 will be accompanied by Apple’s first app to be used for Android’s benefit, a new music streaming service, which should launch both members of the partnership into higher and more lucrative business models. Mark Gurman said that the app will be their way to compete against Spotify.
Gurman also said that the origins of their new music streaming app was born after they obtained the rights from Beats Music, but the final design and operation of the new application will be 100 percent the result of the Apple engineers. It remains unconfirmed, but the price is rumored to be in the ballpark of $7.99, which is two dollars cheaper than Spotify’s monthly charges.
The terms of the application agreement are still unknown, but Gurman said that the music stream will be branded with Apple, not Android. Although, the merger between the two in this venture has raised questions about if Apple would terminate the deal in the future, like with HopShop.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, stated that he and his board have no conflicting interest of working with Android as long as it “made sense”. And since the cellular company does hold nearly 85 percent of the global merchandising on smartphones, Cook believed the case for the app was clear. Cook’s company can build a larger fan base this way, and more attention goes toward the new Lollipop 5.1.
The debut of Lollipop’s new model, the Apple-Android partnership, and increased iPhone sales, they all mark a new level for both companies. Customers will no doubt be eager to get their hands on the culmination of these two corporations’ progress. All the other new Android One apps and programs should be spectacular, as well.
By Matthew Austin Bowers
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