The Nexus 5X was launched in 2015 with Android 6 Marshmallow. It got software updates through Android 7 Nougat and all the way to Android 8 Oreo. This pretty smartphone was made for Google by LG. Which is why it is so annoying that LG’s 2017 flagship, the G6, is still stuck on Android 7 Nougat.
LG is not the only culprit in delivering major software updates late to their flagships. From the Galaxy S8 to the flagships from ZTE, Lenovo and others, it is tales of slow-to-roll-out updates. Apart from Google, Nokia and BlackBerry, every other Android manufacturer is slow to release software updates to their devices. Even Android One devices tend to get software updates quite late.
And if those devices are not flagships, you might as well forget software updates.
Nokia is the only smartphone manufacturer offering guaranteed software updates to all its devices – from budget to flagship. Both Google and Nokia guarantee two years of major software updates for their smartphones. Using near stock versions of Android OS makes it easier, of course.
Of course, Apple’s existing iPhone line-up are all rocking the latest version of iOS.
The Nexus 5X From Marshmallow To Oreo
I played with a Nexus 5X this weekend and began to long even more for up-to-date software on my LG G6. While the 5X has stepped up through Android 7 Nougat to Android 8.1 Oreo, users of many other flagships have to wait. My G6 will have to wait till June 2018 to enjoy the benefits of Oreo, if information available is to be believed.
The Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch display, and 16GB internal storage. Its 2GB RAM and the 2500Ah battery are perhaps its biggest drawbacks, but the pure Android experience runs well with the RAM. The 2500mAh battery will barely get you through a day though.
Still, if you are after a bargain device that is well discounted in the market and that runs up-to-date software, have a look at the Nexus 5X. You will probably find it for between $150 and $200 – and a used device for less. It has run the course of its guaranteed software update period, but that does not necessarily mean it won’t get any more updates. There is just no guarantee that it will.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.