Android 5.1 has been popping up on Android One phones left and right, but Google has yet to come out and say anything about it. While they leave us to wonder, HTC’s Mo Versi might have spilled the beans on when we can expect a formal, widespread rollout of the firmware for everyone else.
The company man Tweeted to someone asking about a fix for capacitive buttons on the HTC One M7 Google Play Edition, and his response was that the fix would tie in with Google’s next “MR” in March. We can only imagine that stands for “maintenance release.” That leads us to a few different possibilities:
- HTC is referring to Android 5.0.2 as the Google Play Edition never got upgraded beyond 5.0.1. It would be odd for Versi not to mention 5.0.2 by its exact version instead of referring to it as the “next MR.”
- HTC is referring to Android 5.1, as we would obviously hope.
- HTC is referring to some other incremental upgrade — possibly Android 5.0.3 — though considering we haven’t seen a shred of evidence of this or any other versions this is highly unlikely.
We’re still digging for more, and we hope Google will have more to share on both the arrival day of Android 5.1 and all the changes it’ll bring once it finally arrives.