Google made the new Android Oreo OS official earlier this week and so far, those using the Nexus 6P are part of the early adopters of the Nougat successor.
Android Oreo is currently available for manual update as well as via the usual OTA channel. However, the latter case only applies to those Google Nexus 6P users that were part of the beta program. If you haven’t signed up for this program, you may be as good as waiting for the update that will cover the rest of the 6P devices as well as the likes of Google Nexus 5X, Pixel and Pixel XL phones.
One reason people love Google Nexus 6P and other Google phones is timely software updates. Only hours after announcing the OS, users of Google devices are already enjoying the update on their phones. While this early release might be awesome in that you get to be the first to experience the new features in the OS, it also comes with its negatives.
In this regard, we have a few reasons we think current users of the Google Nexus 6P should not update to the latest Android Oreo right away. Also, the article touches about some of the reasons you shouldn’t be too quick to get the Oreo update on your phone and instead wait for a few weeks.
One of the usual expectations of users from a new OS is improved performance. Well, the new Android Oreo doesn’t disappoint at all. Current Google Nexus 6P users who have already made the switch say the performance is super-fast, nothing like they’ve had before. There are no lags when opening apps like the camera app, for instance, something that should come as a relief for some 6P users who have been complaining that the phone has grown to become too slow in executing the simplest of tasks.
Improved battery life
A week before the release of Android Oreo, some users of Google Allo were complaining that the app was consuming too much battery power on DP4. However, it seems this has been solved with the latest stable version. Although some are still up in arms on the issue of Google Nexus 6P battery life when compared to Nougat, a majority of the people who have updated to Oreo are happy about the battery life improvements.
Improved boot time
Another major improvement that Google Nexus 6P users have noticed since upgrading to Android Oreo is the time it takes to boot the phone. Apparently, there’s a huge improvement when compared to Nougat, with users reporting that the Nexus 6P takes a fraction of the time it used to when booting on the previous OS.
Tons of new features
In addition to improved performance, the only other reason people update their phones to a new OS is to get new features. Android Oreo has a good number of them, be it picture in picture mode, notification channels, notification dots, autofill and many others. You’ll also be enjoying a whole new experience as well as some tweaks to the interface.
The OS is still buggy for some users
As you’d expect from any new software, Android Oreo is still buggy for some Google Nexus 6P users. There are reports that some features such as the Notification Dots are not fully functional despite being enabled. Nexus 6P users are also complaining about buggy Bluetooth streaming, multiple apps crashes and a buggy Settings app, among others.
If these small bugs are something you could live with, Android Oreo is ready for you to download and install on your Google Nexus 6P. It’s possible that Google will release an update to v8.0.1, which should take care of all these issues surrounding the early release.
There are talks that this same Android 8.0.1 Oreo will be the one to power the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL out of the box, something that won’t be strange at all. Last year, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X received an update to Android 7.0 Nougat while the Pixel and Pixel XL made their debut with Android 7.1 Nougat. The 2015 Nexuses later received this new version via an OTA update. The same happened back in 2015, where other devices got an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow but the 6P and 5X made their debut with v6.0.1, which is just an ironed out version of the original.
Have you updated your Google Nexus 6P – or any other Google phone – to the latest Android Oreo? What’s your experience? Let us know in your comments below.