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No, it is not a typo and you read it right; Ringing Bells is an Indian company that's selling the world's cheapest smartphone, starting on February 18, at 6 AM Indian Standard Time. The Android phone has been named Freedom 251 because it is going to be priced at INR 251 or roughly $4 in accordance with the international exchange rate right now. As you might have already guessed, it's exclusive to Indian citizens only.

The phone will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad core chipset and 1GB of RAM. In addition to an in-built memory of 8GB, you can further expand storage up to 32GB with a SD card. The (960x540) qHD 4" display doesn't really sound amazing until you are reminded of the fact that the entire phone costs $4! The Freedom 251 will also feature a 3.2 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera to help in minor photographic endeavors. All other standard features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even GPS connectivity are present. A 1,450mAh battery will be providing juice to all this and according to reports, handsfree headsets will be included.

If you are dumbfounded like us and wondering how it is possible for the company to sell a smartphone at this price, then be informed that it is an initiative by the Indian government which is being led by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is being launched today by Manohar Parrikar, the Indian Defence Minister (7 PM IST). This is an effort in making smartphones affordable for anyone and everyone in India, thus promoting growth and modernisation.





We already reported before about the Memory Leak bug in the Android 5.1 Lollipop and that Google promised to fix once and for all in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Today, Android SDK Manager added Android 5.1.1 build, which confirms that Google is getting ready to release the update.


Android Developers and users are eagerly awaited the 5.1.1 release to fix this bug. Google has acknowledged that the leak existed, but also posted that the necessary repairs had been made. Google did not have everything ready to go for Android 5.1, which is why the Android 5.1.1 update is so important to many Android users. We might also see the addition of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which would allow users to tap into a Wi-Fi network to communicate over a Google owned VPN.


5.1.1 sdk


It's only a matter of days until we see some Nexus Factory images for the 5.1.1 build available for download. Over-the-air updates to 5.1.1 will also come as early as next month. Stay tuned!



Lollipop 5.1


Google officially released Android 5.1 Lollipop with many Big fixes to the original 5.0 Build. The New version improves stability and performance and offers a few new features like support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and high definition (HD) voice on compatible phones. You can also Download all Android 5.1 stock Apps APKs to try them.


We gathered a list of the New features and full change-log of this New Android version to make it clear for you. Manufactures (HTC, Samsung, LG... etc) will start developing their firmwares based on this build by Q2,2015 to update their devices.

What's New in Android 5.1 Lollipop ?



1. The LED notification light now works in all modes

notification LED

One of the first new features that we stumbled upon was that the LED notification light now lights up for incoming notifications regardless of what sound mode your phone is in (None, Priority, or All). As you probably know, Android 5.0.x. only allowed the LED to flash in the All mode.

2. Improved Wi-Fi quick toggle


In Android 5.0.x Lollipop, once you tapped on the the text right below the Wi-Fi toggle (which displays the name of the network you're connected to), you were automatically taken to the dedicated Wi-Fi selection menu in Settings. In Android 5.1, tapping the network's name opens a Wi-Fi selection menu directly inside the notification shade.

3. Improved Bluetooth quick toggle

Similar to the Wi-Fi toggle, tapping the text right below the Bluetooth icon will open a dedicated notification shade menu displaying the nearby Bluetooth devices that have been paired with your phone. Have in mind that this new menu doesn't allow you to scan for available devices in order to do so, you'll still have to head on to the Bluetooth menu in Settings. Hence, you don't have to leave your current app in order to switch between your paired Bluetooth devices.

4. Improved lock screen behavior

In Android 5.1, when your device is locked and you swipe down the notification shade, you can unlock your phone by swiping up outside said shade. If you, however, swipe up within the notification settings, your phone will remain locked. That's a subtle change over Android 5.0.x, in which you'll be taken directly to the lock screen regardless whether you swipe from within or outside the expanded quick settings shade.

5. Removable Invert Colors/Wi-Fi Hotspot toggles

If you've been fiddling and tinkering with Android 5.0 Lollipop, you might have inadvertently added two toggles in the quick settings toggle menu - Invert Colors and Wi-Fi Hotspot. This happens by simply trying out these features and unfortunately, once you enable them, you can't remove the respective toggles from the quick settings drawer. Luckily, Android 5.1 allows you to do so once these pop up, just press and hold the respective toggles and once the dialog appears, tap "Hide".

6. More user-friendly screen pinning


The screen pinning feature that debuted with Lollipop comes in handy, but somewhat unfinished and not that user-friendly. In the newest version of the OS, the feature acts just like as it previously did, but enabling it is much more user-friendly. Open the app you want to pin, go to the app switcher, press the pin icon on the first app card, and voila, a better-looking menu will inform you that you are about to pin the given app.

7. Improved heads-up notifications

Once you receive a notification and it pops up right at the top of your display, you can now swipe it up to get rid of the heads-up message but keep the notification itself in the notification bar. In the first Lollipop, you can only swipe it away to the left or right, dismissing both the heads-up message and the notification.

8. No interruptions until next alarm


This is actually a quite handy addition to Priority mode: if you set an alarm, you'll be provided with the option to enable priority mode until the alarm goes off. In our case, we've set an alarm for 4:23 PM and have enabled the newly-included option, meaning that we'll only be interrupted by the priority interruptions that you have previously configured.


Android Official blog

Android 5.1 Lollipop


Google has just launched the Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the update is already available to some Nexus devices. Google released new versions of some of its official Apps on this release. The improvements on the Apps aren't much but it includes some bug fixes and new features.


We gather all official Stock Apps of the Android 5.1 Lollipop APKs here for you to download and install on your device. These Apps works on any device running Android 5.0 or later only. The APKs below are all official and signed by Google.

Calculator 5.1-1720659 [APK]




Clock 3.0.3 [APK]




Google Contacts 1.1 [APK]



Messenger 1.1.057 (1704610-04) [APK]


Android 5.1


You may remember the memory leak bug that was reported on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop when it was released. Unfortunately, the same Bug still exists in the Google's latest version Android 5.1 Lollipop and it affects the system performance in the long-run. Google promised a final fix for this issue.


Issue No. 159738, "Memory leak still present on Android 5.1" was reported at the AOSP issue tracker. Last Friday, Google closed the bug and said that it has internally fixed the issue and plans to include it in the upcoming release version, Which most likely would be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.


Android 5.1.1 lollipop bug

The complaints are beginning to read the same. Apps, especially Google+, restart on their own. Some active apps disappear in the middle of using them, and free RAM drops in hours to about 750MB-800MB from 1.1GB-1.3GB. Most of the people who sent in a complaint appear to be using the Nexus 5, although other Nexus devices have been cited. Some complaints said that opening apps would increase the amount of RAM in use, but closing apps would not reduce that figure.


Android version 5.1.1 shouldn't take long until we see it rolling-out to Nexus devices and tablets as an OTA package or a Factory Image.


Source [AOSP]

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