OnePlus has finally released the Android Pie based OxygenOS Beta update to its last year flagship devices, the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The company has today released two beta updates – OxygenOS Beta 20 and OxygenOS Beta 22, with the OnePlus 5T getting Beta 20 and OnePlus 5 getting Beta 22. Users who are already on a beta version should get an OTA update very soon, while the non-Beta users can update to the Beta manually and get their hands on the new Android Pie features early.
In terms of system-based updates, Android 9 beta brings a complete overhaul to the UI on both the devices, similar to the one on OnePlus 6. The update brings OnePlus 6 like gestures for navigation, but just for the OnePlus 5T which comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio display. In addition to that, the update includes November security patch along with some optimizations for background app process handling.
The new Beta comes with the Do Not Disturb mode and includes adjustable settings to customize according to users requirements. The calling interface and speed dial UI on these devices are optimized too and now provide the ability to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM.
In addition to that, the new update provides support for more apps when creating Parallel accounts, which would allow users to create two instances of an app on the same device.
The weather app also gets a few updates that allow it to switch locations dynamically and display more suggestions in the search function. Additionally, the previous bugs and issues have also been addressed with the new Beta update.
OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T Android Pie Update: How to install?
For users who have already updated to the Beta program and have their devices running on a Beta version, the OTA update should soon hit your device. Following which, you can update to the newest Android Pie based Beta without any hassle.
However, for those running on a non-Beta version of the operating system, OnePlus allows new users to sign up for its Beta program and install the ROM manually. For which, you need to –
- First, create a backup your device, in case something goes wrong.
- Next, download the software build for your specific device from the OnePlus’ website, here.
- After that, move the downloaded .zip file to your device’s internal storage.
- Next, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘System Update’. Click settings icon on the top-right corner, choose ‘Local Upgrade’, navigate to the file on the local storage and click ‘Install’.
If the process completes successfully, you would end up with the new Android Pie Beta version on your smartphone. However, a word of caution before you perform the process – since the update is in Beta, it is highly expected to have a lot of bugs, which could cause it to be unstable and unusable at some instances. So, be wary of the issues that can come across before you proceed. In case you wish to be supportive and help the company in fixing bugs, you can submit a bug report using the feedback option on the OnePlus Community app.