The latest Open Beta version of Android Oreo was recently released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, which mainly addressed some performance issues and battery-related bugs. OnePlus is now releasing the OxygenOS 5.0 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T by way of a staged rollout.
This stable build may still include a few bugs that slipped past the Open Betas, but this is a much quicker release than the OxygenOS 4.0 from last year. OnePlus isn't exactly the gold standard for update speeds when it comes to stable builds, however, the company has been swift with the upgrades to Nougat and now Oreo. The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T should see Oreo in early 2018, while the Open Beta series are set to start this month.
Android Oreo will likely mark the end of life for major upgrades on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, since two incremental Android version upgrades were announced and eventually released. It's unknown whether OnePlus will upgrade each smartphone to Oreo 8.1, but if the Open Betas are any indication, Project Treble support will be absent. Meaning the future of the devices in terms of support and upgrades will be shifted into the developer community's hands.
The changelog for the OxygenOS 5.0 include:
- Update to Android O (8.0)
- Added Parallel Apps
- Added Picture in Picture
- Added Auto-fill
- Added Smart text selection
- New Quick Settings design
- Updated security patch to September
- Added notification dots
- New app folder design
- Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus
The majority of the items above are part of the "Update to Android O" change, but what stands out the most about the changelog is the security patch is for September. Considering that we are in the month of November, it's anyone's guess as to why this decision was made.
The OTA has already begun rolling out with OnePlus 3T users in Canada reporting they have received it. Captured OTA links should begin appearing soon, so be on the lookout.
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