OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta released

The OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta has been released. The update introduces a new feature, called the auto pick up gesture.

 

This feature allows you to answer an incoming call, by simply raising the phone. The new firmware includes the February Android Security Patch. The update adds a few new clock styles for ambient display, and optimizations for full-screen gesture support. The gaming mode has new optimizations which includes power saving, and pausing the adaptive brightness. OnePlus Switch now supports migration of app data, so you can switch from devices more easily.

The Settings app still resembles that of Nougat, and so do the icons on the status bar, at least for the network icons.

According to some user reports on the OnePlus forums, the update adds a notch optimized settings for the notification panel. This does seem to take a lot of space. And considering the fact that the OnePlus 5T does not have a notch, the addition of the new settings makes no sense. This could be a hint that future devices such as the OnePlus 6 may have a notch in the display.

OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta

Here are some screenshots of the new clock styles (courtesy OnePlus forums) from the OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta.

OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta

The OnePlus 5T Android 8.1 Oreo Open Beta is about 1.7GB to download, and is available from the official OnePlus website. This open beta update is also available for the OnePlus 5.

Ashwin Karthik