The OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally here for most users, and that includes the new OnePlus 5T. Google released Oreo way back in August, and then Android 8.1 in December of 2017, and all phone owners are slowly getting it. Here’s everything we know so far and what to expect from the OnePlus Android 8.0 update. Including the Android 8.1 beta and details on Android P.
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. OnePlus is testing Android 8.1 Oreo as we speak.
The company was quick with updates to Android 8.0 Oreo. Delivering the new software to the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and as January came to a close, the OnePlus 5T. Here in March, we’re seeing new stability updates and preparations for Android 8.1 Oreo next. 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 or 8.1 Oreo 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. OnePlus is basically done with the 8.0 update, and can now move ahead with 8.1 as well.
OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Updates (and 8.1)
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 and Oreo updates arrived very quick.
The first official update to Android 8.0 Oreo for the OnePlus 5 arrived in December. 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 around 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. They might not even see 8.1 either. 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, after a short and effective beta test of Android 8.0 for the new OnePlus 5T, the company started sending the official update out on January 31st. Here’s more information and a small changelog.
Before the end of January, the company managed to update every one of its phones from the last few years to Oreo. Beating almost every other manufacturer to updates. It’s certainly a good sign for the future, and something owners can appreciate.
You should already have the latest software. If not, head to settings > about phone > check for updates and get it now. At this point, you should be prepared for the next beta.
OnePlus Android 8.1 Oreo Beta
If you’re interested in trying Android 8.1 or new features 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. The Oreo beta for most phones jumped to Android 8.1 and is already on the 4th stable release. Keep in mind that this is beta software, so some things might not work 100%.
Android 8.1 Release Timeframe
Continuing on our points above, the OnePlus 3 and 3T already received Oreo, as did the OnePlus 5 and 5T in December and January.
Now, owners can start trying other beta software updates or get ready for the release of Android 8.1 Oreo next. And while it’s just a small update, it is worth waiting for. That’s because 8.1 has a lot of bug fixes and small improvements throughout.
So what’s next? Well, beta software updates with new features like Face Unlock or gesture controls, auto gestures, or the beta for Android 8.1 Oreo. We’ll have to wait and see what the company has cooking next. Once we know more we’ll share all the details right here. Otherwise, try it by joining today.
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.
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.
Right now, almost every OnePlus phone from the last two years is running the new Android 8.0 Oreo update. Now we can wait for Android 8.1 or start prepping for Android P.
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 a few months deep, 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.