The Android 8.0 Oreo update is one that many Android users have been looking forward to, and is one of the main reasons of owning a Nexus or Pixel device in which users can ensure timely release of the updates for their phones. Unfortunately it seems that the update has been causing a bit of problems for its users.
According to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii, it seems that following the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, his Pixel XL has been randomly rebooting on him with alarming frequency. Android Police then conducted a quick poll on Twitter and discovered that there were quite a few users who were experiencing similar problems. The issue was then reported to the Google IssueTracker but for some reason, Google has since marked it as “Won’t Fix (Not Reproducible)”.
It is unclear as to what the problem might be, but some have found success after rolling back their phones to Nougat, indicating that this seems to be a problem with Oreo and not their phones. It is also unclear as to whether or not it could be device specific since the poll found that the majority of users affected owned Pixel XL handsets, but like we said it could simply be an Oreo software problem.
According to Google, “We believe the issue was due to a known issue related to a file descriptor leak but it is hard to confirm without further context. We are working on improving error reporting around these cases to try to ensure they are easier to root cause in the future.” Either way if you own the Pixel XL, then perhaps this is a problem you might want to keep an eye out for.