OnePlus 6 owners can now upgrade to Android 9 Pie following the arrival of the first open beta. The Oxygen OS Open Beta 1 brings the new Android Pie UI and gestures as well as some new OnePlus customisation features.
Anyone can install the beta on their OnePlus 6 smartphone, but it’s not as simple as downloading the update over the air. Users must download the ROM upgrade package, copy it to their phone’s storage and install the local upgrade.
The side-loading method isn’t preferred by all users, but it does give users access to an Android P update that might otherwise be a few months away from officially launching.
Here’s the changelog from OnePlus:
- Update system to Android 9.0 Pie
- Brand new UI for Android P
- New Android P gesture navigation
- Other new features and system improvements
Integrated OnePlus customisation features:
- Supported accent color customisation
- New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
- New Gaming Mode 3.0
- Added text notification mode
- Added notification for 3rd party calls
Of course, the OnePlus 6 was one of the third-party devices to support the Android P betas during the summer. Those who weren’t tempted to play with the incomplete version of the software can now get a more stable version of the build, albeit with a few kinks that still need ironing out.
OnePlus says device owners will experience some issues with the software that may still prove a turn off. For example, Google Pay isn’t working, the beta might mess up the Google Play Store certification, while there’s the usual message about some apps not performing as expected.
If you’re still on board, here’s the official installation instructions from OnePlus:
1. Download the ROM upgrade package from the specified server [HERE].
2. Copy ROM upgrade package to the mobile phone storage.
3. Settings -> system updates -> top right corner icon -> local upgrade -> click on the installation package -> immediately upgrade -> system upgrade to 100%.
4. Select Reboot system now.
5. Update successfully.
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