OnePlus announced today that Oxygen OS Open Beta 1 is now available for the OnePlus 6, giving us our first chance to see Android 9 Pie on that device.
“We are very excited to announce that we are ready to roll out the first Open Beta build based on Android 9 Pie for the OnePlus 6,” a OnePlus employee identified as Manu J. writes in a new post to the company’s online forum.
New Android 9 Pie-based features in this release include a “brand new UI for Android P,” the new Android P gesture navigation system, and “other new features and system improvements.”
Oxygen OS Open Beta 1 also includes various OnePlus integration features, like new accent color customization, new Do Not Disturb functionality, and Game Mode 3.0, which adds notifications for texts and 3rd-party calls.
There are some good reasons to wait, however. OnePlus notes that some applications may not function as expected, Google Pay is broken, and the Google Play Store might show a “Device is not Certified by Google” error.
But if you’re still interested, the OnePlus forum post has the instructions. I did install the beta and will report back if anything interesting arises.