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