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OnePlus 5 and 5T get official Android Pie-based beta

OnePlus 5 and 5T owners can now get their hands on official stock Pie. (Source: OnePlus)
OnePlus 5 and 5T owners can now get their hands on official stock Pie. (Source: OnePlus)
Prior to the release of its 2018 flagship, OnePlus had publicly committed to bringing Pie to its 2016 and 2017 phones. This week, the company partially delivered on this promise, releasing a new beta of its OyxgenOS software based on the newest version of Android for the 5 and 5T. The beta also includes the new OnePlus UI for Pie.

The release of the 6T McLaren Edition is not the only big news for OnePlus fans this week. Those who still use the 5 and 5T (the company's 2017 flagships) may be pleased to know that their devices are on the brink of a full system update to Oxygen OS (OOS) based on Android Pie. In fact, it is already available via OnePlus'  Open Beta (OB) program. This enables users to try out new software versions with upcoming features, albeit with the risk of some bugs and stability issues.

The latest OB for the Oneplus 5 and 5T (OBs 22 and 20, respectively) update the phones to Pie, and also installs the revamped UI for the latest version of Android. This includes the OnePlus take on navigation gestures, although these apply to the OnePlus 5T only. The company claims that the new beta also improves on the speed dial function and the phone app's interface. It also adds Parallel App support for support for Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber and OLA.

OB 22/20 also brings the new Recents management functionality and brightness control algorithms associated with Android Pie. 5 and 5T users interested in testing it must download the full OB ROM file and install it via recovery. As always, those who use Android betas should be prepared for more unexpected bugs and other abnormal phone behavior than normal.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-12-13 (Update: 2018-12-13)