This new build, along with including the September 2017 security patch, is testing out Android Oreo on a much wider pool of devices prior to the official rollout later this year.
The build is not perfect, of course; a variety of bugs are present, such as issues with the speed of fingerprint scanning, the shortcut to the Google Photos app, inconsistent performance with regards to Bluetooth and NFC and imperfect performance on unoptimized third-part applications. However, this is definitely a solid first build which brings a much more stable experience than we'd expect from the first open beta build. All the great features of Android Oreo are present, such as picture-in-picture mode and color accented notificatiosn, as well s some changes that OnePlus have made themselves such as a new, revamped quick settings screen and a direct upload option for "Shot on OnePlus" photos.
If you want to get your hands on this update but you're not signed up for the OnePlus Open Beta programme yet, you can do so by reading the instructions here here.
Here's the full changelog:
- Update to Android O (8.0)
- Added Picture in Picture
- Added Auto-fill
- Added Smart text selection
- New Quick Settings design
- Updated security patch to September
- Added notification dots
- Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus
Known issues of the first Android Oreo Beta
- Fingerprint unlock may be a bit slow in some situations
- Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
- Stability of NFC and Bluetooth need to be improved
- Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will be optimized continuously
- Complete device tree will be released after a week
- The OnePlus Music app has been removed from this build. If you want to install it back, please download the APK file from here
What do you guys think? Will you download a beta build for your OnePlus 3 or 3T, or will you wait until OnePlus officially releases the update? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.
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