OnePlus has officially started the Open Beta Program for the OnePlus 5’s Oreo upgrade, putting the first build up for downloads. The OnePlus 5T wasn’t mentioned in the forum post, but it’ll probably get the update sooner rather than later.
The complete changelog for the Android 8.0 beta isn’t that different from the official upgrade released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. There’s the big switch to Oreo, the addition of picture-in-picture to watch videos while browsing other apps, auto-fill login details, smart text selection, and a brand new Quick Settings design.
OnePlus has further introduced Parallel Apps to the mix, allowing OnePlus 5 owners to run 2 copies of the same app simultaneously. It’s also added notification dots, a fresh app folder design, and the ability to upload images directly to Shot on OnePlus. On the security front, it’s promoted the Android security patch to October.
It should be noted that as beta software, the Oreo build won’t be as stable as the official one and could lead to data loss. Once a person switches to the Open Beta Program, they will only receive Open Beta OTAs and have to kiss stable OTAs goodbye.
If someone does want to go back to getting official updates, they’ll have to go through a full install and clean flash, fully wiping away all their data and cache. The full Android 8.0 Oreo ROM is live here and steps to flash it here.
OnePlus had previously stated that it would roll out the official Oreo upgrade for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T by early 2018. It’s on track to do that right now if things proceed smoothly.