OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are getting their first taste of Android 9 Pie. The Chinese smartphone maker has released the newest version of Android to these devices via Open Beta builds. The OnePlus 5 is now getting OxygenOS Open Beta 22 while OnePlus 5T is getting Open Beta build number 20.
The Open Beta 22 for OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 20 for OnePlus 5T updates the system to Android 9 Pie. This means owners of these two devices will be treated to a brand new UI but the new gesture-based navigation interface will only be available on the OnePlus 5T. The update also levels up the security patch to November while there are new optimizations for background app process handling.
The open beta build for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T also brings a new Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings. There are also UI improvements for emergency rescue and optimized UI for speed dial and calling interface. Other changes include the ability to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM function.
The Open Beta 22 for OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 20 for OnePlus 5T also adds support for more apps on parallel apps including Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber and OLA. Those downloading this update will now be able to switch dynamically to their current location and get more suggestions when the search function is used.
The company has also fixed an issue that prevented the app from refreshing when the location is changed. There are also fixes that resulted in some users being unable to find certain locations, the company notes in a changelog.
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OnePlus says this is still a beta software and may not be as stable as the official OTA update. Those downloading the open beta should accept the potential risks and can submit bug reports based on their experience.