OnePlus has surprised users with an announcement. The company has released an Open Beta for Android 10 for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.
To recall the OnePlus 5 was launched with Android 7 Nougat in June 2017, updated to Android 8 Oreo, then to Android 9 Pie and now is on its 4th major operating system version, Android 10. In comparison, the OnePlus 5T was launched with Android 7.1 Nougat in November 2017, but Android 8 Oreo had been announced at that time.
Here’s how you can get it.
Any user can install the Open Beta for Android 10 for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. All you have to do is download the package from the official website, move it to the root folder on your phone and navigate to Settings > System > System Updates > gear icon > Local Upgrade to select the file.
What’s new in Open Beta for Android 10 for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.
The devices have been updated to Android 10, along with a new UI design in OxygenOS that offers a light and fluid experience. A hidden bar is available that can be used to switch to recent apps. Full Screen Gesture is exclusive for the OnePlus 5T, it’s not clear why this isn’t available for the regular OnePlus 5.
Even more surprisingly, OnePlus says that users who install the Open Beta for Android 10 for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will receive OTA updates for the stable build.
Users on the OBT builds for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T cannot install the Android 10 Beta directly. You’ll have to take a complete backup and save it to prevent loss of data. Then you need to download the package and update it from the recovery. This will erase the data on the phone.
Many users on the OnePlus community forums have installed the update, so be sure to check user reviews before trying it on your phone.
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