OnePlus has finally announced the Android 9.0 Pie based OxygenOS Open Beta update 22 and update 20 for its OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones respectively. The update was long due and has arrived after quite some delay, but at least it’s finally here. The smartphone manufacturer’s Global Product Operations Manager, Manu J, announced the new update on the OnePlus Forums. It brings all the new Android Pie exclusive features to the two handsets, which include a new UI, new navigation gestures and more. On a System level, there are the aforementioned additions and the Android Security patch on the phones has been updated to November 2018. Optimisations have been made for better background app process handling as well.
The two phones receive the new Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings and new app support comes for parallel apps, which includes Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, and OLA. The Weather app has been updated to dynamically switch to the user’s current location and will display more suggestions while using the search feature. Two issues with the app that prevented the app from refreshing when the location is changed and didn’t let some users find certain locations have also been fixed. UI has been tweaked for the emergency rescue feature in communications, along with an optimised UI for speed dial and calling interface. One will now also be able to set a particular SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIMs.
OnePlus notes that since the Android Pie update for the OnePlus 5/5T is in Open Beta, one might encounter some bugs and issues. If users find any bugs, they can report it using the company’s bug report forums. OnePlus 5/5T users who are already on Open Beta should soon receive the update or they can navigate to the System Updates section in their device’s settings to manually check for it. Those users who are on the stable release path but want to switch to Open Beta can do so by downloading the ROM and following the instructions here. However, exercise caution since flashing can cause data loss on your phone or even brick it.