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OnePlus announces an Open Beta Android update program for the 8T

The 8T has its first Open Beta. (Source: OnePlus)
The 8T has its first Open Beta. (Source: OnePlus)
OnePlus will replace the 8T as its newest flagship soon. However, the OEM has news for those who would prefer to stick with the phone: it is now part of the Open Beta project at the company. This channel of new Android updates might unlock access to new features before they hit the "normal" stable versions.

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In 8 days from now (March 15, 2021), the 8T will no longer be OnePlus' latest premium smartphone. However, the OEM has given its owners a new reason to stick with it should they want or need to. The first Open Beta for the device has been released.

These betas (or OBs) are a different "track" of updates to OxygenOS, OnePlus' well-regarded version of Android. Therefore, the 8T's inaugural OB is still based on the latest version of the software. However, it also has newer or more experimental features compared to the "regular" (or stable) update.

For example, the OEM claims that gaming performance on OxygenOS 11 OB1 for the 8T might be superior to the last version, as the frame rate is more stable. The update also contains additional optimizations, including one for "the layout of the cloud service in the Gallery". On the other hand, the security patch in this update is for February 2021, despite the fact a March upgrade also exists.

More information on OxygenOS 11 Open Beta for the OnePlus 8T, as well as how to switch to it (OBT) from the stable track (MP) can be found on the OEM's community website.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-15 (Update: 2021-03-15)