The first Open Beta build of the Android 9 Pie is now available for the OnePlus 6, offering owners of the smartphone a more stable preview of the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.
The installation of the Android 9 Pie Open Beta version, however, will not be as easy as triggering an over-the-air update.
What's In The Android 9 Pie For OnePlus 6 Update?
In the changelog for the open beta version, OnePlus noted that installing the update will introduce a new user interface, launch Android 9 Pie gesture navigation, and add other new features and system improvements.
The changelog also mentioned integrated OnePlus customization features, specifically accent color customization support, a new Do Not Disturb mode, and Gaming Mode 3.0, which adds notifications for text messages and third-party calls.
OnePlus, meanwhile, warned that installing the Android 9 Pie Open Beta may cause some applications to stop working properly. Google Pay Service will not function with the open beta build, and the Google Play Store may state the smartphone is not certified by Google.
How To Install The OnePlus 6 Android 9 Pie Update
The process for upgrading the OnePlus 6 to the Android 9 Pie Open Beta is not as simple as an over-the-air update, but it may still be considered easy to do if the instructions are followed properly.
The first thing that OnePlus 6 owners need to do is to download the update file, which should be placed in the smartphone's local storage. The file should then be moved to the OnePlus 6 root directory, which may be done through the OnePlus File Manager app.
The OnePlus 6 user will then have to initiate the local system update, through the System Updates section under Settings. Accessing the overflow menu in the top right corner will bring up a Local Upgrade option, which will then prompt users to select the Android 9 Pie Open Beta package to start the installation.
Once the update is completed, rebooting the OnePlus 6 will launch it directly into Android 9 Pie Open Beta, with the OxygenOS skin over it.
There is no information yet on when Android 9 Pie will be rolled out to the OnePlus 6 as a stable release. In the meantime, OnePlus 6 owners will be able to fiddle around with the new operating system through the Open Beta build.