New reports suggest promised Pie-based upgrade coming to OnePlus 5 and 5T soon
OnePlus gained itself some brownie points for fans who still owned devices from its 2016 and 2017 lines by stating that both of them would receive an official upgrade to Android Pie (9.0) at some point. On the other hand, the company's CEO, Pete Lau, stated in a subsequent interview that this process would be delayed, but did not give any other specific timeframe-related details.
However, it now appears that Pie for the 5 and 5T, at least, is in the works. Reports are emanating from the Chinese OnePlus user community about a closed beta for a version of Hydrogen OS (H2OS) based on Android 9 for both of these phones. H2OS is often a fore-runner of the more international Oxygen OS (OOS), and both are OnePlus custom skins for Android. Therefore, a closed beta implies a very preliminary version of new features and ROM updates for the devices in question.
The reports of Pie-based H2OS betas have also been corroborated with convincing screenshots. This suggests that those who own the OnePlus 5 and 5T may indeed be due a major software upgrade in the near future. Such news may also make those with the 3 and 3T happy, as they are next in line for official stock Android 9.