OnePlus offers Closed Beta Android Pie program places to 3 and 3T users - for one day only
About 9 months ago, OnePlus announced a commitment to upgrade its 2016 flagships, the 3 and 3T, to Android Pie. However, people who still own and use these phones may have been slightly disappointed not to have received this upgrade yet. Furthermore, the OEM is now also behind on its promise to support this phone with bi-monthly security patches.
However, there is now more evidence that the company has indeed still been working on the major OS upgrade for these (nearly) 3-year-old phones. The company's Global Product Operations Manager has added a post to a relevant thread on the official OnePlus forums, inviting applications from 3/3T users to a closed beta program.
Acceptance to this program would enable these individuals to download a beta version of the Pie-based ROM (Oxygen OS 9) that the OEM is currently preparing for the phones in question. This may be exciting news for fans of the OnePlus 3 series who want a new official release for their devices. However, those considering applications should be aware that inclusion in this program may entail testing an OS that may be considerably less than stable, and require the download and installation of multiple closed-beta versions.
The Operations Manager has also warned that installing the closed beta may also require "a clean flash", meaning that all the user's data may need to be wiped from their device, which will behave like a completely new phone thereafter. Those who understand and can accept these risks need to move fast: they have until tomorrow (March 23, 2019) to apply for the new 3/3T Oxygen OS Closed Beta.