Android One owners abroad have already gotten a taste of the next Android update on their entry-level devices, and as a result, details are leaking about how Google may address some of its little quirks.
PhoneArena today reported that the upcoming Android 5.1 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will apparently take aim at a number of nagging issues related to the look and feel of Google's mobile operating system.
Rumors have pegged a release across the rest of the planet for next month, although it's unclear why Google is remaining so secretive about the point-one update, which includes making the factory images unavailable to developers and end users for now.
Thanks to an early release on a handful of low-end handsets now available in the Philippines, we have a clearer idea of some of the visual flourishes and little improvements being planned for the next Lollipop update.
Tap, hold, hide
Google+ user @AnjoCerdeña posted an image of one such change that enables Android users to hide quick settings that have inadvertently become activated, specifically Invert Colors and Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Android 5.0 Lollipop users have already discovered that the aforementioned quick settings can't be removed - at least not without trickery, such as changing the date and time on the afflicted handset.
Google engineers apparently hope to address this unintuitive "feature" with the ability to hide such settings once they've been accidentally triggered, which can be done with a tap and hold on the option in question.
Last week, an HTC executive appeared to confirm that Google plans to roll out Android 5.1 in March, an update also expected to restore silent mode, improve RAM management, solve notification issues, and a raft of other improvements.