OnePlus has announced that the Android 9.0 Pie OxygenOS Open Beta update for the OnePlus 5 (Review) and the OnePlus 5T (Review) is almost out. These OnePlus devices were supposed to get the Android Pie Open Beta update well before this latest announcement but it was delayed. In its announcement on the OnePlus forum, the company has urged that the users of these smartphones to have a little more patience. The development comes a week after the company released the HydrogenOS Open Beta based on Android 9.0 Pie for the OnePlus 5 and 5T in China.
On OnePlus official forum, a company representative wrote, “Some of you may have noticed that it has been 3 weeks since the last Open Beta build for OnePlus 5/5T. We’d like to shed some light that Pie for 5/5T is almost out for Open Beta.” The Open Beta programme provides users with up to two beta updates in a month but OnePlus hasn’t released a single update in November yet and is expected to roll out the update next week. Further, a stable Android Pie update is expected to arrive in December or early January. It is expected to bring the latest security patch and UI changes to both the devices.
The news comes two days after OnePlus announced that it has started to roll out a new OxygenOS update (build number 9.0.6) for its flagship OnePlus 6T bringing a bunch of system-oriented improvements, improved camera functionality and an optimised Screen Unlock feature. The Over-the-air (OTA) update is being rolled out in a phased manner. The changelog of the update, however, doesn’t detail exactly what kind of improvement will the update bring to the screen unlock feature but it is speculated that the change could be in the time taken to unlock the screen using the in-display fingerprint scanner.
The update also optimizes the image processing capabilities of the OnePlus 6T. This is the second update being issued for the OnePlus 6T. The previous OxygenOS 9.0.4 update for the phone brought improvements to the Nightscape mode (in-depth feature) in the camera and also updated the phone’s Android security patch to November. You can read our review of the OnePlus 6T here.
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