Monday, 24 September, 2018

OnePlus 5 and 5T Will be Getting Faster Android Updates As Well

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Cecil Davis | 07 July, 2018, 12:23

The latest Pixel models, including Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, already included the new development, but OnePlus phones (which also received Android Oreo updates) were now unavailable.

Last year OnePlus claimed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T wouldn't be supporting Project Treble, which would inevitably mean there was more work (and more time) needed to update the phones to the upcoming Android P. There's good news, though, because the company seems to have changed its mind.

In addition to bringing support for Project Treble, the latest OnePlus beta also includes a ton of new features. Besides bringing changes in user interface and adding new accent colors, support for Project Treble is the headlining feature of the new update. As part of the feedback, the company has fixed compatibility issues with most third-party camera-based apps in its OnePlus 5 and 5T. The feature is being tested in the latest open beta update and a stable version will arrive soon.

Treble, for those new to the project, essentially breaks Android further down into pieces that are updated independently. The big one is the support for Project Treble, which is really great news for users of the device. Well now, the company has released OxygenOS Open Beta 13 and 11 for OnePlus 5 and 5T respectively that brings in Project Treble support to both these smartphones.

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OnePlus has already confirmed two years of Android updates for its smartphones, which means OnePlus 5, 5T will get upgraded to Android P. There will be an additional year of Android security updates for the two phones as well, though this does not mean they will Android Q when that launches in 2019.

Project Treble is Google's effort at reducing the time it takes for OEMs to receive the new OS and optimise it for its devices and then push out the update.

For the new custom accent colour customisation, users on the new Open Beta can head over to Settings Display Customisation and choose the colour you like with the new colour wheel. OnePlus has also changed the logic for the contact page on the default OnePlus dialer app. The Hidden Drawer, which appears when you pull from the left of the launcher, also gets some improvements in terms of app listings. Otherwise users should clear all data and cache from recovery before flashing the latest build.