Google’s pushed out its July Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 Nougat update and today we want to take a close look at the new build, its release, and its performance on the aging former flagship smartphone.
Carriers recently confirmed an Nexus and Pixel July patch for July 5th and Google’s delivered on schedule. The company’s latest security patch is here and it’s rolling out to Nexus and Pixel-branded devices which includes the company’s Nexus 5X.
While Google’s intentions might be good, there’s a chance the July update negatively impacts your Nexus 5X’s overall performance.
Google’s security patches are small but even the smallest updates can cause problems. Google’s last security update, the June build, caused problems for many Nexus 5X users.
It’s difficult to predict what you might encounter once you decide to install the July Nexus 5X build so you’ll want to be extremely careful.
To help, we want to take a close look at the most important things to know about the July Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. Our guide includes our impressions, some of the update’s early problems, fixes for those problems, and a look at what’s next from Google.
July Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 Nougat Impressions
We've been using the Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 update for a few days now and so far, it feels pretty stable.
The device's battery life is holding up at the one week mark. We haven't experienced any strange drain but that could obviously change in the days ahead.
Security updates shouldn't have a negative effect on your battery life so if you do run into trouble, it's probably not Android 7.1.2 causing it.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth appear to be functioning normally. We connected to several different routers, eeros, and Bluetooth speakers and headsets without experiencing any trouble.
We haven't stumbled upon any lag, freezes or random reboots. The update feels smooth which is on par with the last Android 7.1.2 build.
Our core applications which include Asana, Slack, Twitter, Spotify, and Soundcloud are all working normally with this update on board.
Its only been a week but we haven't noticed any problems with the device's fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensor issues were a huge issue on previous Android 7.1.2 builds but we haven't seen anything out of the ordinary. Yet.
Thus far, the update is treating our device well. And given what's on board (security patches), you'll definitely want to consider it.
If you're having a great experience on whatever version of Android you're on, you might wait a few more days for long-term feedback to emerge.
We've also put together a list of reasons to, and not to, install Android 7.1.2. It could help you to one side of the fence or the other.