The OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo update is coming sooner than you probably think. On August 21st Google officially released its next big software update. And while it hit Pixel devices first, others like OnePlus aren’t far behind and betas have already started. Here’s everything we know so far and what to expect from the OnePlus Android 8.0 update. Including future updates beyond Android O.
Earlier this summer members of the OnePlus developer team did an AMA on Reddit, which is an “ask-me-anything” interview. Most of this interview talked about its new OnePlus 5, but key Android O update information surfaced. Since then, more details have arrived for owners.
Google’s new Android 8.0 release is loaded with new features, revamped notifications, better battery management, and even picture-in-picture support. All of which is coming to a OnePlus phone soon.
During the announcement, Google confirmed multiple key smartphone manufacturers were working on updates. And while OnePlus wasn’t on the list, they are busy on updates. In fact, the first OnePlus Android 8.0 beta is already available. With that said, here are the upgrade plans for the OnePlus 3, 3T and the new OnePlus 5.
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, and next up is everyone else. Now that Android 8.0 is officially available manufacturers can start testing and prepping its devices for the new software.
OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Updates
Earlier this year 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. Additionally, they’re already testing Android 8.0 on the OnePlus 3, with the 3T and 5 betas coming next. These are closed betas, but the company hopes to make it public before the end of September.
We’re expecting the same fast release of Android 8.0 for its phones released in 2016 and beyond. However, Android O might be the last update for multiple devices.
During the Reddit AMA mentioned above, the company confirmed good news for its customers. When asked about upcoming software updates OnePlus said the “3/3T will get the Android 8.0 “O” update within this year”. The same goes for the OnePlus 5. That’s pretty vague, so here’s what we think.
This statement confirms both older devices, and the new OP 5, will get the highly anticipated update sooner than expected. It’s worth noting that the company said the same thing about Nougat, and it arrived on December 31st at the last-minute to fulfill that promise. That said, things are going much faster this year and they could deliver Oreo before anyone else in 2017.
Sadly though, the company confirmed the update to Android 8.0 Oreo is the last update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. 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. Still, those phones will receive Oreo, we just don’t know when.
The first device to see an official update will likely be the newest OnePlus 5, although the first beta test is on the OP3.
Android 8.0 Release Timeframe
Continuing on our points above, the OnePlus 3, 3T and 5 will receive Android 8.0 before the end of 2017. That said, the same promise last year barely happened. The update had bugs and problems and was re-released on January 9th, with another “stable” release finally coming on January 18th.
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. And, if the beta is already underway, we could actually see official updates in November.
If past releases are any indication, updates to Android 8.0 should arrive in late November or early December.
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.
Right now, Android 8.0 Oreo updates for most devices are a complete mystery. Google is still rolling it out to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel devices. That’s it so far. In the coming weeks look out for more information from all major Android manufacturers.
In the meantime, if you’re experiencing problems with the OP on Nougat, here’s a roundup of some potential solutions. That should help with OnePlus 3, 3T, or 5 issues for now. If not, the Android 8.0 Oreo update should deliver lots of fixes and improvements. We’ll update with more information the moment it’s available.