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OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5 Open Beta Updates Bring Improvements for Photo Editor, Weather App, More

OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are receiving Open Beta 15 and 7 respectively

Highlights
  • OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T all run Android 9 Pie
  • The Open Beta programme introduces features and updates early
  • The updates bring improvements for photo editing, weather, and more

OnePlus is known for its approach to software support for its smartphones, with even its older devices getting regular software updates and new features for a few years after launch. The latest software updates from OnePlus come as part of the Open Beta programme for the OnePlus 5 (Open Beta 29), OnePlus 5T (Open Beta 27), OnePlus 6 (Open Beta 15), and OnePlus 6T (Open Beta 7), bringing various improvements, including tweaks for the photo editor tool in the gallery app, the weather app, and more.

The latest Open Beta updates for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T bring new features, including optimisations for screenshots and the phone app, improved colour adaptation for cards in the shelf, support for permission migration for the OnePlus Switch tool, and improvements for the weather app.

The updates for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T bring the same features, along with additional improvements for the photo editor tool in the gallery app.

The updates are rolling rolling out over-the-air for users already on the Open Beta programme for these smartphones. In order to join the Open Beta programme, users have to side-load the software package onto their compatible devices and run the installation process. While Open Beta software is fairly close to the regular stable builds, things can still go wrong and these builds aren't entirely stable, and should only be used by experienced users on smartphones that are not their daily drivers.

While the OnePlus smartphones from 2017 and 2018 are already running Android 9 Pie, the company is now also close to bringing the latest version of Android to its 2016 smartphones, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. A beta update running Android 9 Pie is rolling out in China for the 2016 phones, suggesting that the update is close for global versions of the devices as well.

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3300mAh
OS Android 7.1.1
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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3300mAh
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3700mAh
OS Android 9.0
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
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Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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