The folks at XDA are always busy when it comes to modding Android and exploring the software inside countless smartphones. Today the developers managed to gets their hand’s dirt with a newly leaked beta of HydrogenOS for the OnePlus 5T. The build contains the most recent version of Android 9.0 Pie.
Worth noting that HydrogenOS is the main operating system of OnePlus devices that are sold in China. The Global variants are served with OxygenOS. However, while updates arrive first for the Chinese software, it often indicates that an updated version of OxygenOS is also being cooked. A few months ago, OnePlus promised that Android Pie would arrive for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. With the last month of 2018 nearing the shores, we are curious to see if the company will deliver Pie before the end of the year.
The new HydrogenOS is a good indicator that the company isn’t resting and should provide an updated version of Android for its 2017 flagships soon enough. Furthermore, the 2016’s handsets, OnePlus 3 and 3T are also in the list of OnePlus devices that are eligible for a Pie update, however, we doubt that the new Android flavor will arrive for these devices before the end of 2018. We would bet in sometime between January and March 2019.
The changelog for the OnePlus 5T HydrogenOS Pie include the following changes and additions:
- New OnePlus UI.
- New background controls for a smoother experience.
- Full-screen gesture controls for the OnePlus 5T.
- SMS verification code to open the display.
- The strange number identification function is optimized.
- Dual card mode is added to set the default card for a single contact or group.
- Weather apps and call UI are optimized.
We are curious to see when OnePlus will start the closed beta testing for the Global software of its smartphones. For now, owners of OnePlus 5T that are running OxygenOS should wait a little longer before seeing the changes of Android Pie coming to their smartphones.