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

A new February Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo update is here and the new build delivers a batch of security enhancements.

Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo build isn’t as big as Google’s initial Android 8.1 Oreo update, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

The new build enhances your Nexus 5X’s security and there’s a chance it’ll fix bugs and/or improve your Nexus 5X’s overall performance. There’s also a chance the February Android 8.1 build will ruin your Nexus 5X’s performance.

We’re already hearing about some early problems with the software and they include issues with the installation process, busted Bluetooth, battery drain, and other common Android issues.

Our guide to the February 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 performance, the Android Oreo downgrade, and some other key things current and prospective users need to know about the Nexus 5X’s new 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 update’s release.

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

February Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions

February 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, and we assume most of you are, it shouldn't take you too long to transition from the January Android 8.1 build to this one. 

It took us just a few minutes to download and sideload the software onto our Nexus 5X. 

We've been using the February Android 8.1 Oreo on the Nexus 5X for a few hours now and 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 anything on our Nexus 5X. Battery life is about the same as it was on the last build. 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 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 feels snappy with the February Android 8.1 build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

So far so good. That said, 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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  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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