OnePlus CEO had earlier confirmed that the year old OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be upgraded to the latest software — Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of 2017. Living up to its promises, OnePlus has already started rolling out the Open Beta build based on Android 8.0 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices. Apart from some users reporting about getting the update, OnePlus also confirms the roll out via its blog post.
The company writes, “We are very excited to announce that we are ready to put out the first Open Beta build based on Android 8.0 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices.” Although the coming of Oreo is good news for the OnePlus 3 and 3T users, but the fact is this will the last major software update for the users of both the devices. What OnePlus has confirmed is that both the phones will continue to get bug fixes and improvements, but no software update and Oreo will be the last one.
OnePlus 3 is getting the update as part of Open beta 24, while the OnePlus 3T is receiving it via Open Beta 15. On upgrading to the Open Beta build-based on Android 8.0, the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T will get a range of features like – Picture-in-Picture (PiP), auto-fill, smart text selection, quick setting design and many more. Along with the update, the OnePlus 3 and 3T users will get the September security patch as well.
The new Android Oreo beta update also comes with Notification dots in Launcher. Both the OnePlus phone users with the new update will be able to add OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus, due to which the OnePlus 3, 3T users will be able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers.
In the blog post, OnePlus also mentions a few issues present in the build. It says that beta testers upgrading to the Open Beta build based on Android 8.0 may face lag in Fingerprint sensor. The sensor may be slower than before. The new build is not offering any shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable.
Users should also be able to face some stability issues with the NFC and Bluetooth. OnePlus further mentions, “Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized.”
The build will reportedly wipe app and cache data, but the internal storage will be saved. “Users who revert their device back to the special build can still OTA update the device to Android O build at a later date,” notes OnePlus. To revert, users need to download special build, copy to internal storage, reboot to recovery Mode to install, and then choose “Install from Local” option and download the build to install.
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