Google started rolling out the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat to its compatible devices early this month, but not all who are using the likes of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, as well as Pixel C are happy with this update.
There is no doubt that Android 7.1.1 Nougat has some of the best features you can get on a mobile operating system, especially when compared to the 2015 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, just like the latter OS was during its initial days, the newest version of Android Nougat isn’t in the best of conditions as at the time of this writing.
Apparently, a huge number of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6 users are not the happiest bunch of people. This is as a result of the issues associated with updating their devices to the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Given that the OS is still new, it has been noted that excessive battery drains are affecting most of the devices that have been updated to this OS.
Disgruntled Google Nexus 6P and 5X users have taken to Google forums to air their frustrations with the update and apparently, this is not all. Some are complaining that their phones start overheating when charging. While this might be normal in certain cases, but it seems the extent to which this is happening is definitely as a result of Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.
Google is expected to keep coming in with minor software updates that will take care of these issues, but as for now, the company has not mentioned any specific date as to when this update will be coming out. It is likely that the update will be included in the upcoming monthly security update, but there is still no guarantee.
If you are experiencing excessive battery drains and overheating issues when charging your Google Nexus 6P or 5X after updating to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, you can try rebooting your phone in order to give it a fresh start. Another option is to try forcing apps that may be draining your battery from the background to stop running. Third-party apps could also be the cause of this, so make sure you try rebooting your phone in safe mode and test whether any of the installed apps are the reason behind these battery drains. Compare the battery usage when in safe mode and when using your Google Nexus 6P normally in order to find out if third-party apps are the cause.
Google also recommends turning on battery optimizations for all installed apps as well as disabling Wi-Fi during sleep via Advanced Wi-Fi Settings. If none of these work, try resetting the phone to factory settings, but again, why should you update to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat when all you get are battery drain issues? Well, the best option here is to keep off the update until Google fixes all issues related to the OS, something that could take weeks or even months. In short, you can keep using your Google Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X with Android Marshmallow until early next year – a time when Google will for sure have taken care of all these issues.
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