Wednesday, January 17, 2018

OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details

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The OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally here for most users, including for the OnePlus 5. Google released Oreo way back in August, and then Android 8.1 in December, and OnePlus owners are slowly getting it. Here’s everything we know so far and what to expect from the OnePlus Android 8.0 update. Including future updates beyond Android O.

Google’s Android 8.0 release is loaded with new features, revamped notifications, better battery management, and even picture-in-picture support. This is all available to most OnePlus phones right now. Additionally, an update to 8.1 Oreo will likely arrive here in early 2018 along with more surprise new features like Face Unlock for older phones.

The company was quick with updates to Android 8.0 Oreo. Delivering the new software to the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and now running another beta for the OnePlus 5T. With that said, here is everything you need to know, including how to get face unlock now with the latest beta release.

Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will get a free update to Android 8.0 O in the coming months. First, Google delivered it to Nexus and Pixel devices back in August, and other manufacturers are slowly sending it to its devices. This new software is under heavy testing from most companies and coming to your phone soon. That said, Android 8.1 Oreo was recently released by Google too, so two updates are in the works.

OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Updates

In early 2017 OnePlus blend the two teams working on Android updates for China and the rest of the world into one group. An effort to bring the latest software and features to all devices at a faster pace. It worked too because the Android 7.0 Nougat update arrived very quick. The company already finished the OP3 and 5 Oreo beta, and now they’re busy working on the new 5T.

The first official update to Android 8.0 Oreo for the OnePlus 5 is available right now. Delivering a slew of new features, camera improvements, enhancements, and everything else Google added to Oreo. We saw a slight delay a few weeks ago, but it started again on January 10th. Manually download it right here, if you need to. Additionally, the company confirmed the impressive Face Unlock feature from the new 5T is coming to the OP5. Expect that sometime in the next few months. In fact, Face Unlock is already in the 3 and 3T beta. Click here for more details.

Sadly though, the company also confirmed the update to Android 8.0 Oreo is the last update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T after releasing it back in November. Those phones will still get maintenance and security updates, but nothing further than Android O. A similar situation to the OnePlus 2 Nougat update, which has users frustrated.

This means a device less than one-year-old, like the OnePlus 3T, will only get support for about a year. Many expected the OP3 and 3T to get Android P in 2018, but that won’t happen. Hopefully, OnePlus will change this policy in the near future. As a silver lining, the latest beta added the companies new Switch app for easy switching between phones.

Then, the new OnePlus 5T Android 8.0 Oreo beta started on December 29th. The company promised it before the end of the year and somewhat delivered. And well, because within 24 hours of releasing the 5T Oreo beta, the download file was quickly removed. We’re hearing OnePlus will address a few small bugs, then re-release the beta for all users. At this point expect the 5T beta soon, with an official release around the end of the month or early February.

OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Beta

If you’re interested in trying Android 8.0 ahead of everyone else click here to join the open beta. If you aren’t enrolled already, sign up and wait for the OTA update to arrive. This is only available for the 5T right now, as the beta testing period is over for all other phones. The 3, 3T and OP5 all recently received the official update. On January 15th the company released the OP5T beta 2 with even more changes.

For now, enjoy the latest Android 8.0 Oreo on your phone, and OP5T owners, remain patient. The beta has a few bugs but the second version is now available as we await the stable release.

Android 8.0 Release Timeframe

Continuing on our points above, the OnePlus 3 and 3T already received Oreo, and the OnePlus 5 did as December came to a close. The software is rolling out in stages. Meaning if you didn’t get it this weekend, it should hit your device within the next few days. Some updates take upwards of two weeks to hit all devices. Just be patient, and it’ll arrive soon enough.

Last year the timeframe for Nougat fell short, with the update getting delayed until January. It arrived with a few bugs, and a second update was quickly sent out. So while we’re expecting the 5T update next, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t arrive until the end of January or early February. Especially considering the beta just started but was quickly delayed.

OP5T Android 8.0 Beta Started December 29th but unstable

Still, that is faster than bigger names like Samsung in terms of software updates, so keep that in mind as you wait for more details.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Users will enjoy bundled notifications that are easier to manage or the new picture-in-picture mode for video. Essentially allowing you to watch a video (or video chat) while doing other things on the phone at the same time. There are changes to the icons, an easy text selection tool, and auto-fill in apps like Google Chrome. Not to mention faster performance and big changes to make your battery last longer.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. Basically, expect a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications and all kinds of small tweaks. One potential bonus is the fact that OnePlus uses a pretty stock Android experience. It isn’t covered with a skin like Samsung or LG, so it should arrive quickly and run smooth.

Expect the Oxygen OS update to have a few improvements, bug fixes, and new features specific to OnePlus devices on top of everything else in our link above. Some of those include notification dots in the launcher, a new quick settings menu, and direct access to the “shot on OnePlus” photo program, to name a few. We like that the new Face Unlock feature is coming to the original OP5.

Then, look out for another update to Android 8.1 Oreo sometime here in the first few months of the year. Again, older devices will get it first, then the latest phones will receive updates. We don’t expect 8.1 updates until all devices receive the first build of Oreo. However, recent beta releases are showing new features earlier than expected.

Final Thoughts

Right now, almost every OnePlus phone from the last two years is running the new Android 8.0 Oreo update. Then, expect another software upgrade to 8.1 Oreo within the next few months. This company was one of the fastest to Google’s new software, even if Oreo is the last update for the OP3.

That said, updates are a complete mystery for almost every other smartphone manufacturer. We’ve heard from Motorola, HTC, Sony, and Samsung, along with a few others. A few even sent updates or started betas, but that’s about it so far. In the coming weeks look out for more information from all major Android manufacturers. Now that 2018 is here, we’re expecting a lot of announcements and updates to kick off. As they do, we’ll update with the latest information.

In the meantime, if you’re experiencing problems with the OP on Nougat or Oreo, here’s a roundup of some potential solutions. That should help with any problems that arise. We’ll update as soon as we know more or more updates begin.

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