OnePlus releases OxygenOS Android Oreo Open Beta for OnePlus 3 & 3T

With OxygenOS Android Oreo Open Beta build, OnePlus 3 and 3T users might now get the new Android Oreo features with customisation options included in the OxygenOS

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Highlights

    • OnePlus releases OxygenOS Open Beta 25 for the OnePlus 3
    • OxygenOS Open Beta 16 for the OnePlus 3T
    • The update brings September security patch

OnePlus had faced criticism regarding software updates for their devices, however, the Chinese manufacturer in the last few months has been striving to provide ‘swift’ updates. While recently we have heard OnePlus to be testing Android 8.0 Oreo update in a closed beta program for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, the company has now made the latest OxygenOS Android Oreo open beta ROM available for these devices.

OnePlus has released OxygenOS Open Beta 25 for the OnePlus 3 and OxygenOS Open Beta 16 for the OnePlus 3T.

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,” the company wrote on its official forum.

With an Open Beta released for the community to test OxygenOS Android Oreo on their smartphones, OnePlus 3 and 3T users might now get the new Android Oreo features with customisation options included in the OxygenOS. The update also brings September’s security patch.

Here’s the detailed changelog provided by OnePlus on their forum-

System changes

  • Update to Android O (8.0)
  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • September security patch

Launcher changes

  • Added Notification dots in Launcher
  • Added OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers

Known issues:

  • Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to.
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Some stability issues with NFC and Bluetooth
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized

For those users whose devices are currently running on an Open Beta build they may have received an OTA update. OnePlus in its forum noted that the update is still in its beta stage which means users might face some bugs and issues. Early adopters who want to install the Open Beta build for OnePlus 3 or the 3T they need to flash it manually.

OnePlus has also mentioned a few instructions and info for users who want to revert back to the last Open Beta N build

Here are the Rollback instructions-
1.The build will wipe app and cache data, but Internal Storage will be saved (ie: pictures and files)
2.Users who revert their device back to the special build can still OTA update the device to Android O build at a later date.
3.Steps to revert:
Download special build
Copy to Internal storage
Reboot to recovery Mode to install
Choose “Install from Local”
Choose the downloaded build to install

OnePlus has added the sideload links for the latest Android N Open build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T devices in their forum. It has also cited that due to the nature of downgrading from a major version, this might cause users to lose partial data.

While the company has released Open Beta build for the previous models, its current flagship might have to wait longer as it is not put on the list of supported devices.