The July Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo update is here and Google’s new build brings a new batch of security enhancements.
Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo build is nowhere near as big as the first version of Android 8.1 Oreo, but it’s still an important release for Nexus 5x users.
The latest Android 8.1 build enhances your Nexus 5X’s security and it could improve your device’s overall performance. Of course, there’s also a chance July’s Android 8.1 build ruins your Nexus 5X’s performance.
In fact, 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 July Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update addresses these 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 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 release date.
Let’s start off with some initial impressions of the July Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update’s performance.
July Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions
Before we get into an early look at the July 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 July Android 8.1 Oreo build on the Nexus 5X for a very short time but as of right now, 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 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 build on board. It’s still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven’t experienced any lag or general sluggishness. It feels like the last build.
The July update is stable on our device. That said, if you’re feeling leery, you should think about waiting for long-term feedback emerges.
How to Prepare for the July Android 8.1 Update
If you do decide to install the July Android 8.1 Oreo update on your Nexus 5X make sure you do some prep work before you upgrade.
The latest Nexus 5X Android 8.1 build is a small security update, but even the smallest Android updates can cause problems.
We always recommend doing some prep work before installing new Android software and you’ll want to be careful with this Android 8.1 update.
We recently put together a guide that outlines the steps we typically take before we install an Android update on a device like the Nexus 5X.
Some of the steps in the walkthrough will only take you a few seconds to complete. Others, like clearing out some space for the update, might take you longer. At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your important files are backed up properly.
This might seem tedious, but you’ll want to take your time with the software, particularly if the Nexus 5X is your main device.
How to Install the July Android 8.1 Update Right Now
After you’ve prepared yourself and your Nexus 5X for this version of Android 8.1, it’s time to install the update on your phone.
The newest version of Android 8.1 Oreo is currently available to sideload on your Nexus 5X. Google’s posted the OTA files and those of you who know how to flash can simply grab those and make the transition to the new build today.
If you don’t know how to sideload or simply don’t want to, you’ll have to wait for the OTA to arrive for your device.
It typically takes a few days for Android software to reach every single Nexus 5X around the globe so you’ll need to be patient.
Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Problems & Fixes
The July Android 8.1 Oreo update is a small update, but it’s causing problems for some Nexus 5X users.
Nexus 5X users are complaining about installation issues, abnormal battery drain, problems connecting to Bluetooth devices, issues with various third-party apps and services including crashes, and lockups and freezes.
If you do run into problems with the Nexus 5X’s Android 8.1 update you can’t rely on Google to fix your problems.
We don’t know when it will release the next major Android Oreo update (note: there might not be one) and it could be weeks before we get a new set of official fixes.
There are a ton of resources out there but our list of fixes for the most common Nexus Android Oreo issues is a great place to start if you’re struggling on 8.1.
Our guide will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with Wi-Fi, problems with Bluetooth, random reboots, and a few other common problems.
If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, take a look at our list of resources for Android Oreo problems.
If you run into issues with your apps, Google recommends updating the apps on your Nexus 5X to the latest versions available from Play Store.
How to Downgrade
If you start seeing issues on the latest build, you aren’t stuck. You can downgrade to another version of Android if your Nexus 5X starts to struggle.
If you get tired of dealing with bugs you can get off the latest Nexus 5X’s Android 8.1 update whenever you want.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the Android downgrade process works, have a look at this guide from the folks over on the Nexus Help Forums.
This downgrade walkthrough will take you through the steps you need to take in order to move off your current version of Android.
There’s no guarantee downgrading to an earlier Android 8.1 build, Android 8.0 or Android Nougat will help fix your issues, but it’s worth a shot if the latest Android 8.1 update’s causing major issues on your device.
Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Update: What’s New
Google’s latest Android 8.1 build comes with a solid list of patches for security vulnerabilities.
If you’re interested in the specific patches, be sure to check out Google’s Android Security Bulletin located right here.
As for Android 8.1 itself, Google’s upgrade delivered a nice list of changes including tweaks to Autofill and Notifications.
Android 8.1 also delivers a colored nav bar in Settings that dims, a new power menu design, a new Oreo icon in System Notifications, and automatic dark and light themes. Some of these come from the Pixel 2’s software.
Google’s also fixed the hamburger emoji in Android 8.1. On Android 8.0, the cheese sits below the patty. On Android 8.1, the cheese is layered on top of the meat.
The Nexus 5X Will Stay on Android Oreo
The Nexus 5X Android 8.1 update will be one of if not the last major updates the device officially gets from Google, but that doesn’t mean support will end.
Google originally said it planned to stop security updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in September, 2018. The company changed those plans in 2017.
Google now says it plans to roll out security patches to the Nexus 5X through November 2018 giving you several more updates to look forward to. After that, support for the Nexus 5X will stop and you’ll be on your own.
Unfortunately, the Nexus 5X won’t get Android 9.0/Android P. Google says there are no guaranteed Android version updates for the Nexus 6P after September, 2017 and the company’s Android P beta confirms those plans.
The Android P Developer Preview is currently live for all Pixel models except for the Pixel C tablet.