OnePlus was once of the fastest smartphone brands rolling out Android updates. In fact, the OnePlus 6 and 6T smartphones were among those devices that experienced receiving newer Android updates almost a few days after Google rolllout for Pixel smartphones. As the years passed, the situation started to change. Last year, we had one of the most problematic years for OnePlus in terms of updates. The company now has a myriad of smartphones to support and, consequently, has became just another brand that takes months to release new Android versions. The update always comes first for the newer smartphones, and take several months to reach the older.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T smartphones are eligible for OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. Of course, that will be the last update that these devices get in an official way. Not long ago, OnePlus unveiled the very first beta o OxygenOS 11 for the duo of 2018 smartphones and today, it is rolling out the second open beta.
It’s sad to see that OnePlus 6 is still receive betas when we’re just one month away from knowing Android 12. At this rate, the device will receive a stable release after Android 12 rollout, and consequently, will already be outdated. Of course, Android 12 is something that the OnePlus 6 and 6T owners can’t even dream. The OnePlus 6, for example, reached the market with Android 8.1. It was updated to Android 9 Pie and Android 10. Based on this, they’re receiving Android 11 which comes as a third major Android upgrade. Three major updates is beyond what smartphone OEMs usually offer. Once they receive Android 11, that will be end of line. Of course, the custom ROM community will keep bringing new updates for the time being. OxygenOS 12 may not arrive for them, but Android 12 will eventually come through a custom ROM.
OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for OnePlus 6 / 6T brings bug fixes and system enhancements
Coming back to the point, the new OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update does not include new features. However, it concentrates on fixing problems that appeared in the first beta. It fixes the issue in which the system wasn’t able to save screenthots. Moreover, the company improves the overall system stability and optimizes overheating control management. The connectivity of 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks has also been improved with this new update.
The status of Open Beta means that anyone with the System Image is able to join the beta channel. Once you manually flash the beta build, you’ll be eligible for receiving future OxygenOS 11 beta updates. In the best scenario, the stable release will reach these devices by the end of the year. Take in mind that at this time, the beta updates aren’t meant for those who still have the device as a daily driver.