Has anyone else had random shut downs?
Got mine about 24 hours ago and have been using it heavily and no random reboot/shutdowns here.
Got a refurbished Nexus5x after my original one bootlooped, on this the bootloader can't even be unlocked... yay!
Really? When I google "Nexus 5x unlock bootloader" I get all kinds of results.... Did something change since those guides were made?
By the way, using another launcher most likely disables the Google Now pane (or how it is called by now...) as far as I know.
With Nova launcher, you can keep the swipe to the left foot Google now and hide the persistent search bar.
Action Launcher also has these capabilities... and the dev is crazy fast at implementing Pixel launcher features... for the search bar on the bottom, he released an update for this option on October 9th.