OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones now receive the OxygenOS Open Beta 5 based on Android 11. The smartphones launched in April 2020 now receive a new software package for the Open Beta program for OxygenOS, which is available as an OTA update (Over- the-Air) for users who are already on the open beta path. The new software package fixes known bugs and issues, as well as small improvements in functionality, including an update to the Android security patch.
The announcement of the new software package and updates was made by OnePlus in its official forum. For users who are already using the OxygenOS Open Beta program for OnePlus 8 (Review) and OnePlus 8 Pro (Review), Open Beta 5 will be delivered as an OTA update. However, users on the stable software path can choose to participate in the Open Beta program. Instructions and the downloadable software package are available on the OnePlus forum.
The new software package largely covers various fixes covering issues with messaging, volume control, speaker functionality, and bluetooth call connectivity. Also included are optimizations for the app’s launch speed, an update to the Android security patch from December 2020, new animation effects for the front camera and “rewind recording” to record the last 30 seconds of a game in the Game Space tool.
Of course, open beta software is less stable and more prone to bugs and problems than the regular software path and should only be used by advanced users who are willing and able to resolve problems that arise. However, the open beta software gives users access to experimental features prior to the broader rollout of the stable software, and often even early access to the new version of Android.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are running Android 11 on both the stable and open beta software path. The latest version for the stable path will be introduced in late November. The smartphones run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and are currently available in India for Rs. 39,999 and Rs. 54,999 respectively.
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