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



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

Google’s latest 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 latest Android 8.1 build enhances your Nexus 5X’s security and it could improve your device’s overall performance. Of course, there’s also a chance September’s Android 8.1 build ruins your Nexus 5X’s performance.

We’re already hearing about some early 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 September 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 September Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update’s performance.

Nexus 5X September Android 8.1 Update Impressions

Nexus 5X September Android 8.1 Update Impressions

Before we get into an early look at the September 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 you too long to transition from what you're currently running to the September build. It took us just a few minutes to download and sideload the software onto our Nexus 5X. 

We've been using the September Android 8.1 Oreo build on the Nexus 5X for a very short time. As of right now, the update is performing well in key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

Battery drain is a common Android problem, but we haven't noticed any major changes on our Nexus 5X. Battery life is about the same as it was on the August build. 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. 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 new build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

The September update is currently stable on our device. 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.

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