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Android 8.0 Oreo Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



Android 8.0 Oreo problems continue to plague Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users as we push into the month of November.

The company’s new November Android 8.0 Oreo build comes with a nice set of bug fixes for Pixel users, but some problems have carried over into the new build. The November update 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, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 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 continued Android 8.0 Bluetooth issues, 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, camera problems, fingerprint issues, unlock problems, Enterprise problems, and various issues with apps.

Some of these issues have carried over from the previous version of Android 8.0 Oreo, some of these Nexus and Pixel problems are brand new.

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 from 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.

We’re also seeing useful feedback emerge on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsGoogle’s Nexus Help forums, XDA-Developers, YouTube, and Android-centric forums like Android Central Forums.

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 impressions of the November 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 Oreo issues. It goes over some common fixes for Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi issues, and battery drain.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, take a peek at Google’s official Nexus Help Forums or Google’s Pixel Help forums. You might also try XDA-Developers.

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 Oreo Update

Google’s confirmed an Android 8.1 update, dubbed MR1, and it should deliver a nice list of bug fixes for lingering Android Oreo problems. Problem is, we’re probably several weeks away from the Android 8.1 release date.

The company recently released its first Android 8.1 Developer Preview and it looks like the official version of Android 8.1 will arrive in December.

If you can’t stand your device’s performance on Android 8.0, think about giving the Android 8.1 Oreo beta a try. It’s available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Pixel C.

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.

7 Things to Know About the November Nexus 5X Android Oreo Update

November Nexus 5X Android Oreo Update Impressions

November Nexus 5X Android Oreo Update Impressions

If you're already on Android Oreo (and we assume most of you are) the download and installation should only take you a few minutes. 

The Nexus 5X's November patch is just a few MB and the installation took just a few minutes to complete. Overall, it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to get it on board your phone. 

We've been using the Nexus 5X's Android Oreo update for a few hours 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. 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 hours, 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 November 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 process.



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  6. Suraj Padmasali

    08/31/2017 at 2:00 am

    I faced battery drain issue after updating my smartphone to Oreo. But after least use of PiP mode on may help to fix battery draining issue on my smartphone.

  7. John Wenzel

    09/08/2017 at 8:29 am

    Massive Bluetooth problems with Oreo + Pixel XL, I feel I was let down by Android.

    Car Bluetooth: Mini Connect, almost non existent, every time I step into the car I have to reconfigure the settings to properly connect. Even when connected its spotty; lose connection, 75% of features do not work.

    UE Ultimate Ears speaker: always have to go into Bluetooth settings to reconnect, frustrating

    Other Problems;

    Using Fibe TV app, loses connection or heavy lag times which pixelates screen…never had this with Nougat.

    I don’t think I’m tech savvy to downgrade the phone myself so I just might get rid of it all together.

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  9. Lisa Peterson

    09/24/2017 at 7:32 am

    I have the pixel and am experiencing the issues listed. My phone calls are dropping. Sometimes I have an insanely long boot up. Yesterday my phone was stuck on the boot up G for for 20 min. Starting in safe mode has offered some relief but primarily my phone is acting up all the way. My Mic and internal speaker have stopped working as well as my headphone jack. But my external speaker works just fine. Google has said they will send me a new phone but I’m not sure that will fix the issue

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  11. Vineet

    10/13/2017 at 3:38 am

    Horrible experience with Oreo 8.0 update pushed by Google on my Nexus 5X handset. The handset OS went off, the phone was dead and adding insult to my injury, LG service centre charged Rs.10,400/- to reload OS, all my data was lost. They told me the reason could be bug with the Oreo update. Wonder how companies like Google can push such updates without first ensuring these are bug-free. I have lost total confidence in Google and its handsets which I have been using for last 5 years. There were many people I met at the service centre who complained of the same issue and some were wise enough to dump their Nexus 5X and pledged never to use Google devices. I took a chance of repair by paying Rs,10,400/- for no fault of mine. Horrendous experience, vow never to use Google device in future, their service is useless, no empathy. Totally shaken.

  12. Meowzer

    10/13/2017 at 9:36 am

    My camera on my 5X suddenly can’t focus, and the shutter makes a horrible clicking noise when it tries.

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  15. Keith Carnley

    11/08/2017 at 7:26 am

    My 6P just got Oreo last week and I’m noticing performance lag, wifi issues, and battery drain.

    The odd thing about my wifi problem is that it only occurs at work. The home wifi is fine. It takes hours, if at all, to finally connect, and when it does, the signal comes and goes; very unstable. I have a tablet on the work wifi that experiences no problems at all.

    The battery problem seems mostly related to the phone trying to get and stay on the wifi. When I turned off wifi battery usuage slows greatly. This morning it went from 100% to 94% in 15 minutes until I noticed and switch off wifi. Two hours later I am at 89% with no use and everything turned off in the background that can be practically turned off.

    Google has got to hurry and find a fix for this. Many areas of my building at work don’t get cellular signals so I am very dependent on wifi to communicate with my offsite coworkers.

  16. Marty

    11/10/2017 at 5:49 pm

    Ring doorbell will no longer notify on either of my Pixel phones after 8.0 update… just a ding… not the ring doorbell sound. Ring blames carrier or phone. So far no resolution.

  17. Alan Hayward

    12/20/2017 at 8:02 am

    Hey Google, I’ve fixed Oreo, I bought an iPhone. Now get your sh*t together…!

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