The OnePlus 6 ran Android Oreo out the box when making its commercial debut in 2018
OnePlus was one of the fastest companies to roll out stable Android Pie goodies for its Oreo-running phones both in 2018 and earlier this year, and unsurprisingly, the OP7 and 7 Pro were among the world's first non-Pixel devices to receive official Android 10 updates last month.
After unveiling the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, which just so happen to run the newest OS version out the box, the up-and-coming OEM also reiterated its promise to bring Android 10 packages to the OnePlus 6 and 6T by the end of this month, with the even older OnePlus 5 and 5T scheduled to join the up-to-date software club sometime during next year's second quarter.
But after pausing the initial Android 10 rollout for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, the company needed a little while to fix all the bugs that caused the halt in the first place and restart the updates. If you perhaps feared that would interfere with the release schedule of the latest OS build for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, it doesn't look like you have anything to worry about... as long as you don't mind running beta software.
That's right, owners of the two popular 2018 OnePlus handsets can now get an early taste of all the Android 10-based OxygenOS goodness as part of an open beta program. The first beta release is naturally expected to include plenty of bugs and general system instability, but the real good news is the start of the program probably means an over-the-air update is mere weeks away.
So, yes, there is a chance the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T will miss the company's self-imposed October deadline as far as stable Android 10 updates are concerned, but most likely not by a lot. Besides, we're pretty sure you won't mind waiting a few extra days or even weeks if that means receiving a goodie pack capable of actually improving the user experience and performance of your devices rather than crippling or slowing down a lot of stuff.
Keep in mind that the Android 10 Open Beta 1 build is only available for unlocked, non-carrier variants of the OP6 and 6T, so if you're rocking a T-Mobile-specific OnePlus 6T, you'll have to wait a little more for the "Un-carrier" to perform its own tests after the OEM completes the initial stabilization process.