OnePlus 3 and 3T reportedly getting new HydrogenOS beta update based on Android 9 Pie
It is not often that we get to see older Android flagships getting the latest OS updates but OnePlus is among the few OEMs that have committed to a long-term Pixel-like support for their devices. As per OnePlus's new Software Maintenance Schedule announced last year, all devices will get two years of major software updates and three years of security patches. We've known for some time about the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T getting updated to Android 9 Pie, but it has always been the question of when will we actually get to see it. Now, we are seeing the first signs of OnePlus actually seeding the update to Chinese users albeit in beta.
Reports are emerging that Chinese variants of the OnePlus 3 and 3T have started receiving a new HydrogenOS beta update based on Android 9 Pie. HydrogenOS is the China-exclusive variant of OxygenOS that runs on top of stock Android. This is the first public beta being rolled out in China after months of internal testing indicating that the final version is not far off.
We are not sure when the update will roll out worldwide for users on OxygenOS. Recently, OnePlus announced a closed beta program for OxygenOS based on Android Pie so it shouldn't be too long before the beta rolls out to testers globally with the final bits following shortly after.
Although it has been quite some time that OnePlus announced its intentions to skip 8.1 Oreo for Pie for the 2016 flagship killers, we are finally glad to see some traction in this regard. This makes the OnePlus 3 and 3T the only non-Google devices to get three major OS updates since launch.