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OnePlus 6 updates: Android Pie public beta for HydrogenOS

OnePlus has proven to be fast and effective when it comes to device updates. It doesn't look like things will change with the latest arrival. The OnePlus 6 received two updates before shipments of the new device were even sent. The most recent update brings a taste of Android 9 Pie to the Chinese flagship killers equipped with HydrogenOS.

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A public beta for HydrogenOS: Android Pie is coming soon

The OnePlus 6 was one of a few select devices to receive Android P developer previews ahead of its official release, with users who had just purchased the phone being able to check out an OxygenOS beta build of Android Pie. Now, the first HydrogenOS Android Pie-based beta is available for the OnePlus 6 in China.

OnePlus continues to refine its final build for OxygenOS and the full release should be available very soon. If you would like to venture into installing this new beta, please refer to the instructions on the XDA Developers forum.

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OnePlus' near-stock interface helps you receive updates faster. / © XDA Developers

OxygenOS 5.1.8: improved network stability and call quality

OnePlus 6 is now the company's fastest selling smartphone, and the Chinese brand isn't dragging its feet when it comes to providing updates for its latest cash cow. OxygenOS 5.1.8 introduces general improvements to your smartphone as well as correcting some small bugs in the latest version of the software.

The most important change is definitely the arrival of a new bootloader to improve the security of the smartphone: the bootloader had already been distributed to some users with the release 5.1.7 but has now finally arrived on all devices. Some improvements have also been made to the stability of the mobile network and call quality has been optimised. The update has a weight of about 100MB and is available via OTA.

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The ugly display notch was soon able to be hidden thanks to a quick OS update. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Have you already received OnePlus' shiny new smartphone, or are you planning to purchase it in the future? What do you think about OnePlus' update policy?

Source: XDA Developers

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  • The entire issue I've had with the entire Oppo OnePlus company, comes from the standpoint of "out of the box" problems. I guess they figure you are getting higher end devices at a slightly reduced price, then you the consumer, will be out software testers. Report back to us and we'll fix it, otherwise it is what it is. Granted, they have improved the build quality of the devices, but, their (lack of) customer support AFTER the sale, still requiring YOU to pay to ship it back, and other issues they've had since mid 2014 when Oppo "created" OnePlus, are still reasons to avoid them, for me any way.
    If you know going in about the Oppo OnePlus "thing" and want to put up with buggy phones/software, features, in order to get a reduced price, then so be it. But, right or wrong, my job REQUIRES me to use the phone as basically a portable computer. I don't have time to reboot hanged software, buggy, corrupt this or that. So, I pay pretty much the same price for a good phone.


  • storm 3 months ago Link to comment

    The basic and obvious flaw in something as straight forward as the bootloader only shows OnePlus continuing approach to slapping parts together without understanding the interoperation. It should never have been released to the pulblic in that state.

    This is still a OnePlus failure no matter how you try to spin it for them. It's kind of strange how you never reported on the boot loader flaw until now.


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  • storm 3 months ago Link to comment

    Really? Good updates? Sounds more like the phone wasn't, and isn't feature complete at release. And still isn't.

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