This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the latest Nexus 5X Android 8.0 Oreo update.
The October Nexus 5X Android Oreo update is a security update for the former flagship. Instead of new features and enhancements, the October Android 8.0 build is focused on protecting you and the data you store on your Nexus 5X.
Google’s latest Android Oreo build is small, but it could have a dramatic effect on your Nexus 5X’s performance and that’s why you’ll want to get familiar with the software before you download it on your device.
While some of you might want to download the new version of Android 8.0 Oreo right now, others are better off waiting for Google and its carrier partners to deploy the update Over-the-Air. The company’s OTA is pushing out right now though it could take a few more days to finish up in the United States and countries around the world.
Our guide to the October Nexus 5X Android Oreo update takes you through the most important things to know about the update and its performance.
It goes over the current set of Android 8.0 problems plaguing the Nexus 5X, some steps to take before installing the October Android Oreo build, some tips to help current and prospective Android Oreo users, and a look at what’s next from Google in terms of updates and bug fixes.
Nexus 5X Android 8.0 Oreo Impressions (October)
If you're already on Android Oreo (and we assume most of you are) the October Android 8.0 download and installation should only take you a few minutes.
The download is just a few MB and the installation took a few minutes to complete. Overall, it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to get it on board your phone. (Note: The OTA arrived on another Nexus 5X in our possession on October 13th. It's a 41MB file.)
We've been using the Nexus 5X's Android Oreo update for a few days now and we've been keeping an eye on key areas like battery life and connectivity.
So far, battery life is holding up. We haven't noticed any abnormal drain when using the phone and when it's in standby. It's keeping a solid charge.
We've tested the Nexus 5X and Oreo with several Bluetooth devices and we haven't experienced any drops or oddities. Wi-Fi, including eero mesh Wi-Fi, is holding steady as well.
App performance sometimes takes a hit after a new update is released, but we haven't noticed any issues with our core applications which include a mixture of first and third party apps. Chrome is fast and reliable. Same goes for YouTube, Gmail, Spotify, Twitter, Asana, and Slack.
Our Nexus 5X is fast. We haven't experienced any lag or lockups during our short time with the new Oreo build.
It's only been a few days, but we're pretty impressed with the software's performance on our device. Of course, performance could take a turn in the days ahead so we'll keep our eyes out for bugs and widespread problems.
If you're unable to pull the October Nexus 5X update right now, you can manually install the software onto your device.
If you're curious about the process, take a look at our walkthrough. It'll take you through step-by-step through manual installation.