OnePlus is a manufacturer that always keeps its promises! A few weeks ago, the company promised that OnePlus 3 users will receive the first beta build of Android 7.0 Nougat by the end of November and, yesterday, the build already started rolling out, respecting the self-imposed timeline.
Of course, we all know that the OnePlus 3 will receive the update in the form of OxygenOS Open Beta 8, which can already be downloaded by those willing to experience all the new features. Also, it’s worth mentioning that you won’t get the over-the-air update if you have been using the previous beta build for the handset, so the only way of installing it is manually.
Moving on to what’s new, besides all the new stuff that Android 7.0 Nougat brings, like the new design for the notifications or Settings menu, alongside multi-window view, direct replies from notifications and built-in support for custom DPIs, the Chinese manufacturer also added its own features. We’re talking about new status bar icons options, quick launch for third party apps and improved Shelf customization options.
On the other side, let’s not forget that this is a beta build, so you will, most likely, deal with bugs. To be more specific, Android Pay may not work correctly, while stability and performance issues can occur as well.
OnePlus warns that after installing it, you won’t be able to go back to Marshmallow without a phone reset. Also, if you want to do it, you need to contact their support team, in order to receive a special Android 6.0 build, which isn’t available for downloading otherwise.
Keeping it short, this is good and bad news. If you want to experience the new update on your OnePlus 3 and understand the risks, you might as well give it a try. Otherwise, you can wait until the end of December, when the stable build should start rolling out.