In this guide we go over everything you need to know for the OnePlus Android Pie update. From which updates are available, betas, and what to expect. Following the first OnePlus 6 Android Pie update in September and the OnePlus 5 release in December, we know what device is next.
In early 2018 Google pushed out the Android Pie Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along several other smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus and Sony. The OnePlus 6 was one of the first phones to try the Android P beta.
As a result, OnePlus was also one of the first to release Android Pie to actual users, starting with its new Oxygen OS 9.0 software. Google’s Android 9 update is loaded with new features, smart controls, and more. Features you’ll want on your phone as soon as possible.
- The first official OnePlus Android Pie update arrived on September 21st
- OnePlus released Android Pie for the OnePlus 5 and 5T on December 25th
- The company recently confirmed older devices could see a small delay in getting Pie
OnePlus Android 9.0 Pie Updates
OnePlus is one of the best when it comes to releasing software updates. Ever since they combined the entire developer team in 2017, they’ve beat bigger manufacturers like LG, Samsung and Motorola to updates. We saw a quick delivery of Android 7.0 Nougat, Android 8.0 Oreo, and now Android 9 Pie.
Between that change, the beta and Project Treble, OnePlus delivered the first Android Pie update to the OnePlus 6 in September. Just a month after Google released it themselves. That’s the fastest the company has ever released new software.
We could see another Android Pie beta within the next few weeks for the older OnePlus 3T, and surprisingly, the company delivered Pie to the 5/5T before the end of the year too. The OnePlus 5 and 5T Pie beta arrived in early December, but now the official update is available around the globe.
Yes, the OnePlus 5 Android 9 Pie and OnePlus 5T Android Pie updates are officially available. Then, we know the older OnePlus 3 will still get Android Pie, which is a good sign, we just don’t know when.
Will My OnePlus Get Android 9?
What OnePlus devices will get Android 9 P? Well, more than we expected and here’s an official statement from the company themselves.
“Over the past few months, we have been working closely with Google on the Android P Beta program. Thanks to everyone’s participation and continued feedback, the progress we have made together has been greatly accelerated. The Android P update will be available on the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5/T and OnePlus 3/3T, in this order. We will keep you all updated in the coming months.”
There you have it. First, the Android Pie update is available now for the OP 6, the 6T came out with Pie pre-installed, then the 5/5T in December. Look out for Android Pie updates for the 5 and 5T, followed by the older OnePlus 3 and 3T in 2019. Our only concern is that the company CEO is hinting at a possible delay for older devices.
Confirmation that the older 3 and 3T will get Android 9 is really important, and something all owners can appreciate. We’ll keep an eye out for any potential release dates or rumors. For now, get the beta for the 5 or 5T, and eventually the actual update.
OnePlus Android P Beta
Now that the OnePlus 6 and 5 series left the beta program we all know what is coming next. That, of course, is an Android 9 Pie beta for the 3 and 3T. We’re expecting that to begin sometime in January, and we’ll confirm the details once we know more.
What’s New in Android 9 Pie
There are lots of new Android 9 features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications, auto-fill improvements, and tons of “smart” features throughout. Not to mention new gesture navigation controls, digital wellbeing options, adaptive battery saver, Google Assistant improvements, themes, and support for the notch. That’s on top of the usual performance and battery life changes.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of everything that’s new. Then, we’ve also compared it to Android 8 Oreo for those interested. Otherwise, take a peek at the first official OnePlus Android Pie changelog below.
- Updated system to Android 9.0 Pie (Oxygen OS 9.0)
- Brand new UI for Android Pie
- New adaptive battery support
- New Android Pie gesture navigation
- Updated Android security patches
- Other new features and system improvements
- OxygenOS version number will correspond with the Android number
- Do Not Disturb mode
- New Do Not Disturb (DND) mode with adjustable settings
- New Gaming mode 3.0
- Added text notification mode
- Added notification for 3rd party calls
- Accent color
- Supported accent color customization
One potential bonus is the fact that they use 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.
We’re expecting almost everything from the 6 and 6T to come to older devices like the OnePlus 5. As long as the hardware permits, of course.
Right now, almost every OP phone from the last two years is running Android 8.1 Oreo and waiting for Pie. Aside from the 6 that recently got it, and the 6T which arrived running Pie. Within the next 1-3 months, most of them will be on Android 9 Pie. Something we won’t be able to say about Samsung, LG, or other big manufacturers.
That said, what to expect and when they’ll arrive is still mostly a mystery. Considering we’re almost to the end of 2018, expect OnePlus to start making big moves and working hard to deliver it before the end of December. Honestly, I think almost every capable OnePlus phone will have Pie before the end of January.
In the meantime, if you’re experiencing issues on Oreo, here’s a roundup of some potential fixes. That should help with any major problems that arise. Or, just wait for the OnePlus 7 in 2019. Otherwise, we’ll update this post as soon as we know more.
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