OnePlus rolled out Android 7.1.1 OxygenOS Open Beta update Wednesday, after several users on the company's forum poll said they preferred OxygenOS ROM to HydrogenOS ROM. The update comes shortly after the Chinese smartphone maker released the Android 7.1.1 Nougat HydrogenOS update Monday.
“By sending in your feedback, bug reports, and general thoughts, you've made OxygenOS even better, and we're making improvements faster than ever before. Today, we have a particularly exciting announcement: Open Beta 3– built on Android Nougat 7.1.1 - is available now for the OnePlus 3T,” OxygenOS staff member Tony L. posted on the OnePlus forum Wednesday.
In OnePlus’ poll on its forum, 70 percent of users cited a preference for OxygenOS over HydrogenOS.
The OxygenOS Open Beta 3 update brings some new features:
1. First and foremost, it will upgrade your phone to Android 7.1.1.
2. Gallery Improvements such as:
- Photo straightening and watermark options in the new photo editor.
- Highlighting newly added media.
- Grid view for image location
- Media sorting by month and date.
- Hiding individual media and folders.
3. General bug fixes such as compatibility issues with third-party apps.
Global customers who have previously flashed an Open Beta build are likely to receive the update over the air. In case you aren’t one of them, the alterative would be flashing the device and loading the update.
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We strongly suggest that you back up your device before you attempt to do so. You will need to flash the build using ADB sideload. Although OnePlus says that your data may be transferred, there is always a possibility of losing data while flashing your device.
Once you flash the OxygenOS Beta 3 update, you will start getting future Open Beta updates over the air.
One more thing that you need to keep in mind is that Open Beta updates might provide you the Android update beforehand, but when an official update is out for your device, you will need to manually flash back the official updates.
Basically, the Beta updates are only there for people who can’t wait to get a taste of Android 7.1.1, otherwise you can simply wait for the official update to come to your device. But, your OnePlus smartphone will be a part of either the official update cycle or Beta updates, and not both at the same time.