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7 Things to Know About the October Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Update

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The October Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo update is rolling out and Google’s latest build brings a new batch of security enhancements.

Google’s new Android 8.1 Oreo build is nowhere near as big as the first version of Android 8.1 Oreo, but it’s still an important release for Nexus 5x users.

The October Android 8.1 release enhances your Nexus 5X’s security and it could improve your device’s overall performance. Of course, there’s also a chance October’s Android 8.1 update ruins your Nexus 5X’s performance.

We’re already hearing about problems with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update and the list includes issues installation process, busted Bluetooth, battery drain, and other common Android issues.

Our guide to the October Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update addresses these problems and provides users with a solid list of potential fixes.

It also takes a look at the Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update’s performance, the Android Oreo downgrade, and some other key things current and prospective users need to know about the new Android 8.1 build.

We plan to update this roundup with new information about the update’s performance so check back in with us for regular updates as we push away from the release date.

Let’s start off with some initial impressions of the October Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update’s performance.

Nexus 5X October Android 8.1 Update Impressions

Nexus 5X October Android 8.1 Update Impressions

Before we get into an early look at the October build's performance on the Nexus 5X, a few notes about the installation process. 

If you're currently running the latest Android 8.1 build, and we assume most of you are, it shouldn't take long to transition from the version you're currently running to the new build. It took us just a few minutes to get the software up and running on our Nexus 5X. 

We've been using the October Android 8.1 Oreo build on the Nexus 5X for short time. And for the moment, the update is performing well in key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

We haven't noticed any major changes on our Nexus 5X since moving from the September build. And that's a good thing. 

Battery life continues to hold up nicely and we have yet to run into any horrible drain during our time on Android 8.1. If you do start to encounter battery life issues, take a look at our guide to fixing bad Android Oreo battery life.

We've been able to connect the Nexus 5X to multiple routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi. So far, the speeds are fast and reliable.

We've also successfully connected the Nexus 5X to several Bluetooth devices including headphones and speakers. 

The Nexus 5X in our possession feels pretty fast with the October build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

The October update feels stable on our version of the Nexus 5X. That said, if you're feeling leery, you should think about waiting for long-term feedback emerges. 

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  4. Peter

    01/31/2018 at 10:26 pm

    Too many of Google’s base apps have been crippled on multiple devices. The need to NOT perform any quality assurance has been the new imperative. On nexus 6p I can no longer answer a call IT IS A PHONE have been forced to install a 3rd party app to use my phone as a phone BRILLIANT.
    On my yoga book, chrome has been replaced because of unbearable predictive text issues.
    I have never owned an apple product, but the dominant player in the market seems determined to push me to a different world.
    Pathetic really.

  5. Jessie Louis Hagan

    10/07/2018 at 7:21 pm

    The update seems to not be taking on my Nexus 5X which just got a new Motherboard due to Bootlooping. It has updated itself at least 6 times to day and keeps coming back.

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