The 2013 Nexus 7 is slated to be the first device to get the update.
Nexus users aren’t too happy with how things are going at the moment. Despite owning the latest and greatest Google flagships, they have seen the more affordable Android One phones launch with Android 5.1 out of the box, with no word on when the Nexus devices will be updated to the same. Given the number of bugs and performance issues Lollipop is currently plagued with, the question of when Android 5.1 will start rolling out has become all the more important.
Thankfully, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has stepped in to fill in the blanks. Citing a “solid source”, Russakovskii says Android 5.1 will begin rolling out this week, with the Nexus 7 (2013) slated to be the first Nexus device to get the update. Android 5.1 will reportedly make Android “buttery smooth again”; battery life issues are reportedly the reason for delaying the rollout all this time, and more delays could arise if these issues aren’t fixed on time.
Lollipop was a major upgrade to the world’s dominant mobile operating system, so it isn’t surprising that the first major point update is taking some time in reaching a stage at which it can be safely rolled out to users. All signs point at Android 5.1 being a very useful update, and it hopefully won’t be too long before Google considers it good enough for an official release.