OnePlus 5 and 5T are inching closer to their official Android Pie updates
While we continue to wait for a release timeline, the first signs of the update’s smooth and relatively quick development as far as last year’s 5 and 5T handsets are concerned have just surfaced online.
We’re talking a public beta program seemingly kicked off in China, as proven by screenshots shared on the company’s forums, first reported by PiunikaWeb. We haven’t found evidence of similar beta tests taking place anywhere else around the world, but if history is any indication, a global spread will soon follow.
Technically, the OnePlus 5 and 5T sold in China don’t even include the same Android skin as their international counterparts, running HydrogenOS instead of OxygenOS. But to put things in context, the first Pie-based OxygenOS open beta build for the OnePlus 6 came just a couple of weeks after the same program started in the world’s largest smartphone market for the HydrogenOS-running device.
Bottom line, we have every reason to expect worldwide OnePlus 5 and 5T Pie betas by the end of the month, hopefully followed by a stable rollout in time for Christmas.
If you’re curious, the translated changelog of the massive 2GB or so Chinese beta update lists neat stuff like “new background control solution for a lighter and smoother experience”, full-screen gestures (only for the 5T), a revised user interface, and optimized call interface, with all these features and many more expected to make their way to the OxygenOS promotion as well.