OnePlus 6 and 6T pick up Android 10 update
The OnePlus 6 and 6T still await Oxygen OS, the company's in-house version of Android 10. OnePlus initially pushed out the OS upgrade in early November, before pulling it because of several bugs. Fans have been voicing their dissatisfaction since, with the ensuing thread on the OnePlus forums currently standing at over 825 pages. The company has been keeping owners updated but is yet to give a new date when it will restart the global rollout.
However, OnePlus has now started issuing Android 10 to the two devices in China. Chinese OnePlus handsets run HydrogenOS rather than OxygenOS, but the two have been based on the same platform for over three years. The main difference between the two is Google Play Services, which HydrogenOS lacks. These can be sideloaded onto Hydrogen OS, though.
So, OnePlus 6 and 6T owners now have another way of trying Android 10 builds on their devices without resorting to flashing custom ROMs. OnePlus will likely issue Oxygen OS 10 to the OnePlus 6 and 6T before the end of the month, so take that into consideration before switching to HydrogenOS. Reverting to OxygenOS is simple enough if you are interested in trying Android 10 early. You can download HydrogenOS 10 from here. The method for installing Hydrogen OS or reverting to OxygenOS is as follows:
- Please back up your data before flashing your device.
- Plug your phone into your computer and copy the downloaded .zip to your phone's storage. If you're using a Mac, you can install Android File Transfer Android File Transfer for this operation.
- After the .zip file is copied to your phone, go to 'Settings' - 'system update', click the 'settings' icon on the top right corner, choose 'Local upgrade', find the .zip file and click on 'Install' to confirm.