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Rumors of a looming maintenance release for Lollipop have been swirling since late last year, but now we have the first evidence suggesting an Android 5.1 Lollipop release may be soon at hand. The Indonesian site for Android One has a bunch of references to the as yet unannounced version of Android ahead of the launch of three Android One handsets in that country. What's more, there's further evidence that this is more than mere numbers on a page.

Lollipop 5.1

Android Police has obtained shots of a freshly unboxed Indonesian Android One phone apparently running Android 5.1 (build LMY29F), just as the official promotional materials suggest. So far it looks just like the Lollipop we all know and love, the only visible changes in the images being the version and build numbers. (For what it's worth our own Android One device, from India, hasn't received any updates since 4.4.4.)

The site also points to similar build numbers showing up in web server logs recently — and indeed, we've also seen Android 5.1 hitting our servers in recent weeks on the Nexus 6, 7 and 9. That stuff's easier to fake, but in conjunction with the details on the Indonesian Android One site, there's a good chance it's for real.

In the absence of any broader announcements by Google, exactly what's new in Android 5.1 remains unclear at this time, but fixes for some of the troublesome bugs we've seen in the 5.0 release are likely. Android version numbers don't always reflect how major a jump each version is from its predecessor, but the prospect of a full "point-one" jump so soon after Android 5.0 is intriguing. (That said, the rumored Android 2.4 release that never was should give us pause.)

If you're already running Lollipop, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in an Android 5.1 release.

Source: Android One, Android Police