[Update: Hands-on] OnePlus 6 gets OxygenOS Open Beta 1 based on Android Pie

By | 3rd September 2018

Update 9/5/18: TK Bay on our YouTube channel did a hands-on video of the Android Pie beta. You can check out the video at the bottom of this article to see what the beta is like before deciding whether you should update.

Android Pie has been here a while now, and while some device makers got an update out the door straight away, others have taken their time to roll out the update, even if they were a part of Google’s beta program. One company to take their time is OnePlus, though now we’re finally getting the first release of the OnePlus 6‘s Open Beta program based on Android 9. Android 9 Pie is here, and you can download and flash it on your OnePlus 6 right now.

OxygenOS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6 released

OnePlus has been working on incorporating all of OxygenOS’s features into Android Pie’s Developer Previews to varying degrees of success. It really did work quite well all things considered, so we can only expect even better things from the first Open Beta for the OnePlus 6. You can check out the whole changelog below.

  • Update system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
    • Brand new UI for Android P
    • New Android P gesture navigation
    • Other new features and system improvements
  • Integrated OnePlus customization features
    • Supported accent color customization
    • New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
    • New Gaming Mode 3.0
      • Added text notification mode
      • Added notification for 3rd party calls

As you can see, it’s a pretty large update. On top of all of that, obviously, you get all of Android Pie’s newest features as well. That includes the new recent app switcher, new Material Design interface, Adaptive Battery, and more! You can choose between OnePlus’ gestures, Android Pie’s gestures, or the stock three-button navigation buttons. The accent color customization came in an earlier Android P beta, and the Gaming Mode 3.0 just arrived on the latest beta for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6 is not without its issues though, as there are a couple of known problems with it so far.

  • Some applications may not function as expected when running on this beta version
  • Google Pay service is not working
  • Google Play Store might show “Device is not Certified by Google”

Other than that, if you’re interested you can flash it on your device and give it a go! On previous OnePlus devices, the company got out a new Open Beta release about once or twice a month. Check out the flashing instructions below.

Flashing instructions for Android Pie on the OnePlus 6

Instructions for upgrading from Stable official version to Android P Beta version

1. Download the ROM upgrade package from the specified server [HERE].
2. Copy ROM upgrade package to the mobile phone storage.
3. Settings -> system updates -> top right corner icon -> local upgrade -> click on the installation package -> immediately upgrade -> system upgrade to 100%.
4. Select Reboot system now.
5. Update successfully.

■ Instructions for upgrading from Developer Preview version to Android P Beta version

Upgrading process:
1. Download the latest ROM upgrade package from the specified server [HERE].
2. Copy ROM upgrade package to the mobile phone storage.
3. Settings -> system updates -> top right corner icon -> local upgrade -> click on the installation package -> immediately upgrade -> system upgrade to 100%.
4. Press the power button and choose to shut down.
5. Select Reboot system now.
6. Press the power button + volume down to enter recovery mode.
7. Select Wipe data/factory reset, click power, select yes, confirm.
8. Select Reboot system now.
9. Update successfully.
Please note: This upgrade will clear all contents of the phone, please make sure to back up.

Update: Hands-on

Here’s a video from our YouTube channel showing off what OxygenOS Open Beta 1 based on Android Pie is like on the OnePlus 6.


Source: OnePlus Forums