The April Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo update is here and Google’s new build delivers a batch of security enhancements.
Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo build isn’t as big as the first version of Android 8.1 Oreo, but it’s still an important release for Nexus 5x users.
The new Android 8.1 build enhances your Nexus 5X’s security and it’ll fix bugs and/or improve your device’s overall performance. There’s also a chance the April Android 8.1 build will ruin your Nexus 5X’s performance.
We’re already hearing about some early problems with the latest Oreo software and they include issues with the installation process, busted Bluetooth, battery drain, and other common Android issues.
Our guide to the April 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 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 update’s release.
Let’s start off with some initial impressions of the April Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update’s performance.
April 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 an older 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 April Android 8.1 Oreo on the Nexus 5X for a short time and the update seems to be 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 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 fast with the new 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. If you're feeling especially nervous, wait for long-term feedback about the new build to arrive.