OnePlus 5 and 5T might get Android 8.1 Oreo update soon

OnePlus launch Android 8.1 Beta version (Image Source PTIO

OnePlus launch Android 8.1 Beta version (Image Source PTIO

The Chinese smartphone giant has finally announced a new open beta program for the OnePlus 5 as well as OnePlus 5T. The update brings a lot of changes, including a bump of Android version to 8.1 Oreo.

You will receive the update over the air only if you have already flashed another OxygenOS beta build. According to what the changelog which has been mentioned by OnePlus, there is a slew of new features which have been added to the very new update.

OnePlus 5 users can jump in joy! Coolest one, the Phone app gets an update that includes a new auto pickup gesture, which can allow the user to pick up the incoming call by the raising phone (such type of gestures were introduced by Samsung, since Galaxy S5). The user needs to subscribe to its Open Beta program.

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Additionally, the company has also included few minor changes besides the major ones. When it comes to the gaming mode, OnePlus also added some changes here, with new optimizations in gaming mode, for a more immersive gaming experience. However, it is noteworthy that the update, now is available only for the OnePlus 5T beta users only. There's also a new "global roaming solution", however OnePlus has not detailed what this solution might be. It can be downloaded from the OnePlus website.

Interestingly, this update also includes the security patch for February 2018 from Google. OnePlus does also provide instructions on how to sideload it onto your smartphone. OnePlus hasn't said how many betas there will be before the stable version rolls out, but where this is the sixth beta, it should be rolling out pretty soon. However, there is no official announcement regarding the older phones' 3/3T 8.1 updates as they are on Android 8.0 already.

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