There are a lot of reasons to like OnePlus phones, but one aspect that’s remained since the beginning is the excellent software experience they offer. All OnePlus phones now run OxygenOS, and if you want to test out new software features before anyone else, you can sign up for the OxygenOS Open Beta.
OnePlus updates the Open Beta quite frequently, with each new version including bug fixes, security patches, and feature galore.
To make sure you never miss a beat, here’s everything new in the beta right now.
July 3, 2018 — Project Treble and a new UI come to the OnePlus 5 and 5T!
Open Beta 13 and 11 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T is rolling out to users now, and it certainly sounds like one of the most exciting upgrades we’ve seen in a while.
Right off the bat, this Open Beta brings Project Treble support to both phones. This is the new update system from Google that allows for much faster turnaound times with new software, so it’s great to see that it’s making an appearance with the 5 series.
Some other big highlights include “a brand new user interface” for the phones and “supported accent colors” (some users think this means support for custom colors, but we aren’t entirely sure quite yet).
Here are some of the other goodies you’ll find:
- Improved search tags in the app drawer.
- A “New installs” category tag in the app drawer.
- Improved app list for hidden space and toolbox.
- Optimized log for the contacts page (Phone app).
- Brand new design + improved user experience for the Weather app and all forecasts are now integrated under a single interface leading to a fully immersive experience.
As always, Open Beta 13 and 11 are rolling out to users incrementally right now and will expand to everyone enrolled in the beta over the next few days.
June 13, 2018 — OnePlus 5/5T and 3/3T get June 2018 Android security patch and camera enhancements
There’s a new Open Beta in town for the OnePlus 5, 5T, 3, and 3T! Here’s what you need to know!
For all four phones, you’ll get the June 2018 Android security patch and bug fixes for the OnePlus Switch app.
Specifically for the 5 and 5T, there’s “camera clarity improvement and optimizations to reduce ‘oil painting effect.'”
May 30, 2018 — OnePlus Switch and File Manager get updated for OnePlus 5/5T and 3/3T
The OnePlus 5/5T and 3/3T received updates through the Open Beta recently, offering similar improvements to the OnePlus Switch app and the built-in File Manager.
OnePlus Switch is getting UI improvements, better support for data migration from your apps, and general bug fixes/stability improvements. For the File Manager, you can now manage Parallel Apps files.
Looking specifically at the 5/5T, OnePlus added a heap of System updates, including:
- Added disable peek notifications option for Do Not Disturb
- Added disable peek notifications option in reading mode
- Optimized PIN code confirmation process
- Optimized sleep standby power consumption
As for the OnePlus 3/3T, there’s a new Camera UI that should bring it up to speed with more recent OnePlus phones.
May 15, 2018 — OnePlus 5 & 5T get group MMS, May security patch, and new launcher goodies
OxygenOS Open Beta 10 and 8 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, respectively, is here and comes with a fair amount to check out.
In regards to user-facing changes, the OnePlus Launcher now has a Toolbox Card in the Shelf, Hidden Space section in the app drawer, and dynamic app icons (such as the calendar, clock, and weather) can now be edited. The OnePlus Switch app has a tweaked UI for the Backup & Restore section, as well as a more accurate time remaining timer and other general bug fixes.
This Open Beta also fixes a bug that was preventing group MMS from working on the 5 and 5T, and last but not least, the May security patch is here in all of its glory.
April 25, 2018 — Double-tap for lock screen comes to OnePlus 5/5T
With Open Beta 9 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 7 for the 5T, OnePlus made very minor changes.
The most notable addition to this version is a new double-tap gesture that’ll turn on the lock screen when your display is off. This can be useful for quickly checking notifications if you don’t want to fully unlock your phone, so it’s nice to see something like this make an appearance.
Other than that, the only other items included is an improved search history when searching for apps in the app drawer and “optimized scanning logic for large files” with the File Manager.
April 9, 2018 — Earphone Mode is introduced and a new Shelf widget
Open Beta 8 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 6 for the 5T have arrived, and the biggest feature here is a new Earphone Mode. With Earphone Mode, any paused music will automatically play once your phone’s connected to a pair of headphones, you’ll find options for notification ringtones, and incoming calls will be announced through your earbuds/headphones, too.
OnePlus is also including a new Membership widget for the Shelf, minor UI updates for the OnePlus Clock, and the security patch has been upgraded to the April 2018 one.
How do you install the Open Beta?
If you’ve got a OnePlus phone, enrolling in the Open Beta is fairly simple.
You’ll need to manually download the latest available version for your device from OnePlus’s website and sideload it, but once you do this, any future versions will be sent to you as over-the-air updates.
Harish wrote up a step-by-step guide walking you through the whole process, and I highly recommend checking it out to ensure nothing goes haywire.
How to install the OxygenOS Open Beta on your OnePlus phone
What phones are supported?
Right now, the list of phones supported by the OxygenOS Open Beta include:
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 3T
- OnePlus 5
- OnePlus 5T
The Open Beta isn’t available for the OnePlus 6 quite yet, but that should be changing in the very near future.