Google’s Android Oreo update went through an extensive beta process, but issues slipped into the final version of the operating system.
The company’s new October Android 8.0 Oreo build fixes reboot issues affecting Pixel users, but it doesn’t fix everything. It also brings some problems of its own.
Many of these Pixel and Nexus Android Oreo problems are isolated to a few users, but there are a few widespread Oreo problems you should know about as we push away from the release.
With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the Android Oreo problems impacting the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, and others.
Our walkthrough takes you through the current state of Android Oreo problems, some resources that might come in handy, and a quick look at what’s next from Google in terms of fixes.
Prepare for Android Oreo Updates
You might be tempted to manually install an Android Oreo update right now or when the prompt appears for your Nexus or Pixel device. Power users should be fine but many of you will benefit from a little prep work.
It’s difficult to predict how a new Android Oreo build will impact your device. Some of you might see improved performance, others will run into frustrating problems. This is why you should prepare.
We’ve put together a walkthrough that will take you through the pre-installation process we typically use before installing new Android updates.
At the very least, you’ll want to ensure all of your important files are backed up. You’d be surprised how many horror stories we hear, and see, every time Google releases a new piece of software. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Pixel & Nexus Android Oreo Problems
The latest Android Oreo update can be manually installed and some users are running into trouble trying to sideload the software on a Nexus or Pixel.
If you’re running into trouble manually installing the Android Oreo update on your phone or tablet, take a look at our guide. It’ll take you step-by-step through the process.
Installation issues are just the tip of the iceberg. We’re also hearing about widespread Android 8.0 Bluetooth issues. Google is aware of these problems and it’s asking Pixel and Nexus users to provide feedback. The company is looking for the following information for Oreo users:
- Year/make/model of your car
- Brand of headphones
- Speaker brand
We’re also hearing about weird battery drain, UI lag, freezes, various issues with sound, issues with calls, random reboots, issues with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, device recognition problems, SMS issues, camera problems, fingerprint issues, unlock problems, Enterprise problems, and various issues with apps.
Android 8.0 Oreo appears to have broken Exchange sync with Gmail for many users. When users open the app, it appears to be syncing, but new mail doesn’t load properly.
Google is also investigating an issue where devices are sucking up mobile data when Wi-Fi is turned on. The company is working on a permanent fix, but it’s unclear when it’ll arrive.
— Thomas Hanko (@hanko_marketing) September 14, 2017
@googlenexus nexus 5X got stable OREO 3 weeks before ,after update the phone is very slow & having high battery drain when compared to 7.1.2
— Chris Elanko (@chriselanko) September 17, 2017
Since I updated to Oreo battery is holding longer in my Nexus 5X. #Android
— Akilan (@akilan27) September 18, 2017
Out of curiosity.. my Nexus 5x after Oreo update is a mess. Battery life halved and constantly running out of memory. What's your experience
— Artur (@arturszalak) October 5, 2017
— Rory (@Tu5k4rr) October 3, 2017
This is only the beginning. Look for this list to grow dramatically as more Pixel and Nexus users download and install the latest version of Oreo.
Where to Find Android Oreo Feedback
As we push away the release date, you’ll want to monitor feedback from Android Oreo users. This feedback will alert you to potential benefits and problems.
We’re seeing feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. We should also see impressions start to emerge on YouTube.
Short-term feedback can be extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android Oreo users, especially if you’re using an older device like the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.
We’ve put together our own impressions of the October Nexus 5X Android Oreo update and they’re worth a look if you’re feeling especially leery.
How to Fix Nexus Android Oreo Problems
If you’re running into issues with Android Oreo there’s no need to panic. We expect Google to fix those installation problems in the near future and you should be able to fix most Oreo issues from the comfort of your house or office.
To help get you started we’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common Nexus Android issues. It goes over some common fixes for Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi issues, and battery drain.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get familiar with the downgrade process. Downgrading back to an older version of Android could help improve your device’s performance.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process for Nexus/Pixel devices, take a look at this guide courtesy of the Nexus Help Forums.
Android 8.1 Confirmed
You can’t rely on Google to fix your Android Oreo problems.
Google’s confirmed an Android 8.1 update, dubbed MR1, that will almost certainly come with a nice list of bug fixes for lingering Android Oreo problems. Thing is, we’re probably several weeks away from the Android 8.1 release date.
The company says that it plans to deliver an Android 8.1 Developer Preview in the “coming weeks”. It failed to attach a specific release date to the beta or the final release.
For now, you’ll want to dig for a manual fix for your problems. Help from Google will come, but you’ll probably be on your own for a few more weeks at least.
Nexus 5X Android 8.0 Oreo Impressions (October)
If you're already on Android Oreo (and we assume most of you are) the October Android 8.0 download and installation should only take you a few minutes.
The download is just a few MB and the installation took a few minutes to complete. Overall, it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to get it on board your phone. (Note: The OTA arrived on another Nexus 5X in our possession on October 13th. It's a 41MB file.)
We've been using the Nexus 5X's Android Oreo update for a few days now and we've been keeping an eye on key areas like battery life and connectivity.
So far, battery life is holding up. We haven't noticed any abnormal drain when using the phone and when it's in standby. It's keeping a solid charge.
We've tested the Nexus 5X and Oreo with several Bluetooth devices and we haven't experienced any drops or oddities. Wi-Fi, including eero mesh Wi-Fi, is holding steady as well.
App performance sometimes takes a hit after a new update is released, but we haven't noticed any issues with our core applications which include a mixture of first and third party apps. Chrome is fast and reliable. Same goes for YouTube, Gmail, Spotify, Twitter, Asana, and Slack.
Our Nexus 5X is fast. We haven't experienced any lag or lockups during our short time with the new Oreo build.
It's only been a few days, but we're pretty impressed with the software's performance on our device. Of course, performance could take a turn in the days ahead so we'll keep our eyes out for bugs and widespread problems.
If you're unable to pull the October Nexus 5X update right now, you can manually install the software onto your device.
If you're curious about the process, take a look at our walkthrough. It'll take you through step-by-step through manual installation.