Nexus Android 8.0 Oreo Release Delay Continues
The Nexus Android 8.0 Oreo release delay continues as the release takes a strange turn for Pixel owners.
Google’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Android Oreo updates are currently available to beta testers. They’re also available to those that wish to manually install ahead of the Over-the-Air release.
The Nexus 6P Android 8.0 Oreo update that was supposedly going to start pushing Over-the-Air (OTA) yesterday appears to have been delayed.
We haven’t seen any users report a widespread Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X Android Oreo push so we suspect Google’s pushed the roll out back to an unknown date.
The release has also taken a strange turn.
Some Pixel users on Android 8.0 Oreo are seeing a new Android 7.1.2 Nougat OTA release. This would be a downgrade to Android Nougat and doesn’t make much sense now that Google’s shifted to a new operating system.
The prevailing theory is that Google’s simply mislabeled these OTAs and that they’re actually based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Upon rebooting, Pixel users say their device shows Android 8.0 with Google’s new September patch.
Speaking of the September patch, it looks like it’s starting to roll out to some Nexus 5X users. Some Nexus 5X users are indeed getting a separate patch that brings the latest patches to the aging former flagship. We haven’t received the September patch on our Nexus 5X running Android 8.0. Our device currently lists the August 5th security patch level.
While we’re still lingering on the old security update we can only assume September security patches for all Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL users will start pushing soon.
The situation is obviously a mess and won’t help to soothe the minds of Nexus users waiting for an Android 8.0 release from Google and their carrier.
At this point only a few carriers have confirmed plans to release Android 8.0 updates for Nexus devices. Rogers initially confirmed an Android 8.0 Oreo release for September 11th but the day came and went without a peep. Australian carrier Optus has also confirmed a Nexus 6P Android 8.0 release but it hasn’t revealed a specific roll out date.
Other carriers remain silent about their plans and that will likely continue as we push through the month of September.
The start of the OTA might be around the corner but that doesn’t mean every single Nexus user will get Android 8.0 when the roll begins.
Google’s OTA updates can take a few weeks to finish up so we could see some updates roll out long after the initial push.
If you decide you can’t wait for Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo OTA to arrive on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, take a look at our guide to sideloading the update right now.
Google’s Nexus Android 8.0 Oreo updates are loaded up with new features including new emojis characters, redesigned emojis, improvements to notifications, security enhancements, Picture-in-Picture mode, and other performance improvements. Nexus users should enjoy the fruits of Google’s labor because this could be the last major update for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Google says it can’t guarantee Android version updates for the two devices after September 2017 which means an official move to the company’s rumored Android P update is unlikely.
That said, Google says plans to push security patches to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X through September 2018 which means they will likely get a full year of new Android 8.0 Oreo builds.
Quick Nexus 5X Android Oreo Review
In August we installed the Android 8.0 update on our Nexus 5X. Previously, we had been running the Android O Developer Preview 4.
If you're coming to Android 8.0 Oreo from Google's Android O beta your download will be in and around 987MB.
The download took a couple of minutes to complete over a high-speed Wi-Fi connection and the installation finished up rather quickly. All in all, it look us around 10 minutes to move from Nougat to Oreo.
We've been using the Nexus 5X's Android Oreo update for a few weeks now and we've been keeping an eye on key areas like battery life and connectivity.
So far, battery life is holding. 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 our connection to eero, is holding steady as well.
App performance sometimes takes a hit after a major upgrade 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.
The device's UI is fast with Android Oreo on board. We haven't experienced any lag or lockups during our short time with Oreo.
It's only been a few days but we're pretty impressed with the software's performance on our device. Most people will probably want to move from Nougat to Oreo.
If you need additional feedback, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the Nexus 5X Android Oreo update right away.