OnePlus added Project Treble and Idea VoLTE support to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T last month and from the look of things, it appears that a major stable update is on the way. Last year’s flagship killers from OnePlus are now getting a beta update to Google’s latest mobile OS – Android 9.0 Pie.
Several users of the OnePlus 5 and 5T have started testing Hydrogen OS 9.0 which is the Chinese variant of OnePlus’ Oxygen OS that is rolled out globally. The update weighs in at a little over 2GB and the changelog mentions that it features full-screen gestures, exclusively for the OnePlus 5T. The reason it’s not being ported for the OnePlus 5 is simply that the device still relies on physical capacitive keys for touch control.
Along with fullscreen gestures, the devices are expected to get a new memory management service which will handle background apps and services with an aim to offer a smooth user experience. The update will also improve the call interface, weather widget and caller ID inside the phone app. There’s a new way set a SIM as your default for dialling a specific contact or a group.
The update is currently only available in China but the beta version just gives us some hope that all global variants of the OnePlus 5 and 5T will be upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie in the near future. It remains to be seen when OnePlus will start beta testing the Oxygen OS toward an Android Pie beta.
Previously, the OnePlus 5 and 5T received an Open Beta update that added Selfie portrait and gaming mode 3.0. A year down the road, OnePlus has already launched its successor, the OnePlus 6T and the device is now available in a fancy new Thunder Purple variant.