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

The Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo update is finally here and it will probably be one of the last major updates for the former flagship device.

Android 8.1 Oreo isn’t as big as Google’s first Android 8.0 Oreo update, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Android 8.1, also known as MR1, brings some nice tweaks to Nexus and Pixel devices and there’s a chance it’ll greatly improve your Nexus 5X’s overall performance.

There’s also a chance that Android 8.1 will absolutely ruin your Nexus 5X’s performance. We’re already hearing about early Android 8.1 problems and they include complaints about the installation process, busted Bluetooth, battery drain, and other common issues.

Our guide to the Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update addresses these early 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 early performance, the Android Oreo downgrade, and some other key things current and prospective users need to know about the Nexus 5X’s version of Android 8.1.

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 Android 8.1 release date.

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

Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions

Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions

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

If you're currently running the Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 and you want to get the update on board your device right now, you need to unenroll from the beta program and sideload it. We don't recommend this process because it can be extremely time consuming.

Most of you should wait for the OTA to arrive later this month. 

If you do decide to download Android 8.1 today, we recommend putting aside an hour of quiet time to monitor the download and the installation for problems. 

We've been using Android 8.1 Oreo on the Nexus 5X since the release of the first beta. We've been using the official version of the update for a few hours now and the update is performing well in key areas like battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

Battery drain is a common issue, but we haven't noticed anything on our Nexus 5X. Battery life is about the same as it was on Android 8.0 Oreo. If you do start to encounter battery life issues, take a look at our guide to fixing bad battery life.

We've been able to connect the Nexus 5X to multiple routers including eero. Speeds are fast and reliable. We've also successfully connected the Nexus 5X to several Bluetooth devices including headphones and speakers. 

The Nexus 5X feels snappy with Android 8.1 on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

We haven't encountered any horrendous issues, but we've only used the official version of Android 8.1 for a few hours. 

If you're feeling leery, you probably should wait for the OTA or, if you're feeling especially nervous, for long-term feedback to arrive.


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