Android 8.1 Oreo For OnePlus 5/5T Now Available Via OxygenOS Open Beta 6

OnePlus has officially released OxygenOS Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The latest beta update is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which includes security patch, and brings with it a new auto pick up gesture in the OnePlus Phone app, and much more.

Following the OnePlus 5’s initial release with OxygenOS 4.5, which is Android 7.1 Nougat-based operating system – the first Open Beta build back in November. That was based on Android Oreo, with the final and official release appearing as part of OxygenOS 5.0 this past December.

Now, the next logical release is on its way with OxygenOS Open Beta 6 now available for the OnePlus 5/5T. Beta testers of the given phones can now get their hands on OxygenOS Open Betas, respectively. As well as a number of key tweaks and optimizations, both beta 4 and beta 6 build also upgrade the two devices to Android 8.1 Oreo.

With the beta now live, it seems a stable public rollout is just around the corner for OnePlus’ 2017 flagships. The most obvious change as part of this new beta release is the fact that it is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Regardless of what changes are baked into OxygenOS, the underlying Android 8.1 update brings with it a few surface level differences rather than any large under-the-hood improvements that will change the way we use the OnePlus 5.

To interrogate the situation, you’ll need to update your phone with Android Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta 6 over-the-air. It does, however, have improvements such as the addition of the Neural Networks API.

Included in this new Open Beta is a OnePlus specific feature that amounts to an auto-answer gesture in the Phone app so that you can now answer incoming calls by raising the phone. OnePlus device owners also find more clock styles for Ambient Display, and there’s a February Security Patch. Also, there are new optimizations in gaming mode, including power saving and pause adaptive brightness.

What we missed to speak about is about the OnePlus Switch, now updates with support to migrate application data, is very useful feature that will make it much easier to switch between devices. Finally, there are some usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

Here is the release Notes and full changelog details :

Users looking to install Android 8.1 Oreo update via this OxygenOS Open Beta 6 can do so by either updating OTA if they are already running the latest Open Beta or by flashing the full ROM afresh. Notably, OnePlus 5 users should know that once users migrate to the Beta path, they will continue to receive Open Beta OTA updates, meaning that they will no longer receive Official Stable OTA Updates.

Moving back to the Official OTA path from the Beta Path will require a full installation and a clean flash, which by means, users have to do full wipe of their data and cache.

For download links and installation instructions, head over to the OxygenOS website here to get started.

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