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10 Things to Know About the Nexus 5X Android O Update

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Nexus 5X Android O Features

Nexus 5X Android O Features

The public Nexus 5X Android O beta comes with some notable changes including redesigned quick settings (seen in the screenshot here), notification dots, and redesigned app shortcuts. 

When you pull down the quick settings from the top of your screen you'll immediately notice the date and settings shortcut icons are now situated below the last row of toggles. You'll also notice a lack of color. The toggles are now white with black text. 

Notification dots are new look notifications. You can get a feel for the change here in this demo from Google itself. 

The Android O beta also includes some leftovers from the first Developer Preview including Picture in Picture, adaptive icons, new emoji, wide-gamut color for apps, autofill, and improved keyboard navigation.

Google says Android O's aptX Bluetooth streaming feature won't be coming to the company's Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P.

If you're unfamiliar with Qualcomm's aptX, it provides lower latency than your typical Bluetooth audio streaming. 

It's unclear if Google will add support late (like it did when it brought Pixel finger print gestures to the device with Android 7.1.2) or if the device will miss out on the feature.

You can read all about the changes on Google's website and in our preview of the Android O update

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Evangelos

    05/18/2017 at 12:48 am

    Gmail never worked for my Nexus 5x, (open and crush) when android beta installed. After resetting the device, could not boot and was restarting continuously. Thank God is still under warranty and just dropped it off to the retailer.

  2. 5x user

    05/18/2017 at 11:59 am

    How much is the possibility to get Google assistant in the official release of Android o on nexus 5x?

  3. Brendan Baptiste

    05/18/2017 at 5:05 pm

    My device became so slow I had to downgrade out of it. Which wipes your phone by the way. It has some pretty cool features but my 5x was struggling. Web browsing was extremely slow. And cycling between open apps usually involved the wrong app opening. Many apps were sluggish as well. Don’t recommend using the beta.

  4. Ashok Singh

    05/18/2017 at 10:19 pm

    I understand from what I’ve read in XDA Developer forum that the objective was to quickly boot Android O (say 15 secs) and the change in the odex files takes place in the background gradually. Hence, when you install O it will be very slow and there will be problems with the smoothness while changing or starting apps. However, in one or two days it will stabilize. Hence, if you want to try O be prepared to hang around on it for at least 2 days before giving up. Try it on the weekend maybe. Battery life from most sources seems to give 2 hours screen on time (SOT).

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