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OnePlus 3 gets new Android Nougat beta build – here’s how to get it

OnePlus has released a second Android Nougat beta build for the OnePlus 3, introducing a number of new improvements along the way.

The OxygenOS Open Beta 8 is now available to download from the OnePlus website. If you’re already using an Open Beta build, you won’t need to do anything; the update will simply arrive OTA (over-the-air). It’s worth backing up your data before accepting the update however, as there’s a chance you could lose files if the update doesn’t go as planned.

If you haven’t got an Open Beta build already, you’ll need to flash the latest build, which you can download here. Bear in mind that flashing can result in data loss, and can even damage your hardware if you do it incorrectly. It’s generally advised to only use beta builds on spare handsets, so exercise caution.

Here’s a quick guide on how flash:

  • 1. Download the software update to your computer
  • 2. Reboot your phone into recovery mode (shut it off, then turn it on while holding down the power and volume down buttons)
  • 3. Choose ‘Install from USB’, then tap OK to confirm. You’ll see a ‘You are in sidled mode’
  • 4. Connect your phone to your computer, then run the following command in your command prompt/terminal:
  • For Windows: “abd sideload
  • For Mac/Linux: “./abd sideload
  • 5. Wait while the update is installed – your phone should automatically reboot afterwards

So what’s new? Well, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Added expanded screenshots
  • Shelf design optimisations
  • General UI optimisations
  • DPI optimisations
  • Battery performance optimisations
  • Stability and performance optimisations
  • General bug fixes

“We appreciate everyone’s feedback from the Oxynos OS Open Beta 8,” writes Tony L, a Project Manager on the OxygenOS team. “With your help, we have optimised and improved several key areas.”

If you use the new software, you can submit feedback in the bug reporting forum here.

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