OnePlus has announced on its forum that the Community Build of the Android 9 Pie OS is now available for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T globally. In simpler terms, all users of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T can now try out the beta build of the Android 9 Pie operating system. If you want to try the beta build, you’ll have to download the firmware from OnePlus’ website and install it manually; the update will not be available via OTA. OnePlus has posted a step by step procedure explaining how to install the update manually. OnePlus has also mentioned on the forum that the users installing the Community Build will get an OTA update of the stable build when it is released.
What Does the Update Bring?
According to the changelog posted on the forum, the beta build brings with it Android 9 Pie operating system, an all-new UI design, Android Security Patch for April 2019, Do Not Disturb mode, Gaming mode 3.0, Deep integration of Google Duo, and integrated Google Lens in the camera application. Here is a screenshot of the changelog posted on the forum.
Stable Firmware Rollout Is Imminent
To recall, back in July, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will receive the Android 9 Pie operating system. And in March this year, the brand started the closed beta testing of the Android 9 Pie for both of those devices. Earlier this month, OnePlus opened the beta testing to all the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T users in China. And today finally, the beta testing is open for all the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T users around the globe. Now that the brand has opened beta testing for all, it suggests that the rollout of the final stable firmware is close.
Don’t Install the Firmware on Your Daily Driver Smartphone
As this is a beta build, it might have bugs that could hinder normal functionality. So, don’t install this firmware if you use your OnePlus 3 or the OnePlus 3T as a daily driver.