OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 get Android 8.1 beta updates

By | 12th March 2018
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OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 owners can now get Android 8.1 on their phones, so long as they're willing to live with beta software.

OnePlus has released beta updates for both the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 that include Android 8.1. The OP5T has received Open Beta 4, while the OP5 is on Open Beta 6.

In addition to the bump to Android 8.1, both phones are getting features like a new gesture that'll let you answer incoming phone calls by raising your phone, more clock styles for the ambient display, and the February 2018 Android security patches.

Here's the changelog for the OnePlus 5T's Open Beta 4 update:

Updated system to Android™ 8.1 Oreo™
Phone

  • New auto pick up gesture: Answer an incoming call by raising the phone

System

  • General bug fixes and improvements
  • Added more clock styles for ambient display
  • Optimized full-screen gesture support
  • Updated Android security patch to 2018-02

Gaming mode

  • Added new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experience including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness

OnePlus Switch

  • Added support to migrate application data, allowing you to switch between devices seamlessly

And the changelog for the OnePlus 5's Open Beta 6 update:

Updated system to Android™ 8.1 Oreo™
Phone

  • New auto pick up gesture: Answer an incoming call by raising the phone

System

  • General bug fixes and improvements
  • Added more clock styles for ambient display
  • Updated Android security patch to 2018-02

Gaming mode

  • Added new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experience including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness

OnePlus Switch

  • Added support to migrate application data, allowing you to switch between devices seamlessly

If you want to give OnePlus's Android 8.1 beta a try, you can install your phone's beta update right now. Just keep in mind that the software may be a bit buggy.

OnePlus hasn't said when its full Android 8.1 updates for the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 will happen.