The OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo update is almost here. On August 21st Google officially released its next big software update. Nexus and Pixel users received it months ago, but almost everyone else is still waiting. That said, OnePlus owners might be next. 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 new Android 8.0 release is loaded with new features, revamped notifications, better battery management, and even picture-in-picture support. This is all coming to OnePlus phones soon like the new OnePlus 5T.
During the Oreo announcement, Google confirmed multiple key smartphone manufacturers were working on updates. And while OnePlus wasn’t on the list, they are busy working on it. 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
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. Additionally, they’re already testing Android 8.0 on the OnePlus 3 and 3T. We’re hearing a OP5 beta will begin before the end of November.
From everything we’ve heard so far, the OP 5 and 5T will get the official update to Oreo in January-Feb of 2018.
During a recent interview, 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 sooner than later.
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.
It looks like the first device that will get Oreo is the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Then the new 5 and 5T.
OnePlus Android 8.0 Oreo Beta
As we said above, OnePlus is working extremely fast on beta software. As of October, the OnePlus 3 and 3T Android 8.0 Oreo update beta is open to everyone. Previously, this was only available to private beta test groups. Now though, anyone who wants to can try it right now.
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 3 and 3T. However, we’re hearing the OnePlus 5 beta will kick off within the next two weeks.
The beta has a few bugs but works fairly great so far. Click the link above to learn more and see what’s new.
Android 8.0 Release Timeframe
Continuing on our points above, the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T will receive Android 8.0 soon, likely sometime in Q1 of 2018 in the United States. 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 December for select regions.
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.
Right now, Android 8.0 Oreo updates for most devices are a complete mystery. We’ve heard from Motorola, HTC, Sony and Samsung, along with a few others. That’s it so far. In the coming weeks look out for more information from all major Android manufacturers. As the year winds down expect bigger announcements with more information.
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. Including the latest November or December security patches. We’ll update as soon as we know more.