With Google’s Android Pie update readily available for select devices including OnePlus phones, we want to provide owners a look at what to expect. Following the first OnePlus 6 Android Pie update in September we now have a better idea of what device will get it next. This is everything you need to know about current and upcoming OnePlus Android Pie updates.
Earlier this year 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 is one of the first to release Android Pie to users, starting with the new Oxygen OS 9.0 release. 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
- Expect older devices to join the beta program in the near future
- The company recently confirmed older devices could see a small delay in getting Pie
OnePlus Android 9.0 Pie 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 and Oreo updates arrived very quick. In fact, they’re now one of the best when it comes to software updates.
Between that move, the beta and Project Treble, OnePlus is already delivering the first Android Pie update just one month after Google’s release. That’s the fastest the company has ever released new software.
We could see another Android Pie beta within the next month or so, but we can’t say for sure. We expected the older OnePlus 5, 5T and even the 3T to join the beta, but that hasn’t happened yet and it’s almost November. 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 OnePlus 6, then we’ll see the OnePlus 6T launch with Pie on October 30th. Then, look out for Android Pie updates for the 5 and 5T, followed by the older OnePlus 3 and 3T later this year. 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.
OnePlus Android P Beta
Now that the OnPlus 6 left the beta program and is getting the official update to Android 9 Pie, we’re not sure what will happen next. Most likely, other older devices will join the beta program and start testing Android Pie.
Look out for an official OnePlus 5 Android Pie beta within the next few weeks, or in early November. We’ll update 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 patch to 2018.9
- 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.
However, we are hearing the new OnePlus 6T will have some software changes and enhancements, suggesting the stock Android look and feel could start to fade in the near future.
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 just got it, and the 6T which will get released already on 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 Google just released Android 9 in August, we still have a while to wait before every phone has it. Hopefully, though, the wait won’t be too long. Honestly, I think almost every capable OnePlus phone will have Pie before the end of November or early December.
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