OnePlus, the Chinese tech firm responsible for the new OnePlus 5T smartphone is leaving no stones unturned in bringing the newest operating system to its users. The company almost a week ago started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0 ROM to its last year’s models, OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T.
Fast forward a week and you have OnePlus sending out Android 8.0 Oreo to its OnePlus 5 smartphone, which is confirmed to go out of stock eventually. The smartphone came out in June this year running Android 7.1.1 Nougat and was promised to get Android O.
The smartphone is now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo but the update is not for all. The OS update is being sent out only to beta testers. Yes, the new operating system comes as a part of OxygenOS Open Beta 1 for the device.
There’s nothing different in the Beta version of Android Oreo-based OxygenOS for OnePlus 5 as it comes with all the same native features like it did on the OnePlus 3 and the 3T.
OnePlus 5 Android Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta 1 features
Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta 1 comes with all the signature features such as Picture-in-Picture wherein you can video chat or watch a video in a smaller floating window and meanwhile work in a different app in the background. It also comes with Chrome Autofill passwords feature, which is pretty much self-explanatory and would help for easy login.
Another feature that will be arriving is Notification Dots that is an easy way to check if you have received any notifications or not. Lastly, Smart Text Selection is a major feature that will be coming to OnePlus 5. This feature simply converts texts in emails or messages that for instance, have an address or phone numbers, into clickable links. Tapping on the text with address will directly open the location in Maps app or the phone number will open in the handsets dialler.
As a part of the Open Beta 1, OnePlus 5 users also get a new Quick Settings design along with parallel apps and an update security patch to October. On the home screen, besides the notification dots feature there is also a new folder design. In addition to this users can now directly upload the clicked images to the ‘Shot on OnePlus’ section.
Expect a few bugs
Now, like OnePlus says to all its Open Beta testers, this is not a stable version so expect a few bugs and errors. If you are one of those who likes to flash the beta version, the company has given instruction for that too. Once opted, you’ll be receiving all the beta updates over-the-air. However, if you want to come back to the stable version, you would have to wipe clean the device and delete all the data in the device.
A week ago OnePlus announced both OnePlus 5 and the 5T will get Android Oreo in open beta soon. Now that one of them has received it, the open beta for the other one may not be far. It is likely that the final version of the version will be arriving by next month.
OnePlus has been one of the first OEMs in the industry to deploy Android 8.0 Oreo widely starting with OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. HMD Global too has recently started seeding the new OS version to its Nokia 8 and now Sony has reportedly started rolling out the update to a couple of its Xperia handsets.