Update #2 (1/3/17 @ 11:56): OnePlus has added a note to its forum stating that it found an issue in the beta build, and that the company will update the download link later today. We’ll let you know once a new download link is available.
Update #1 (1/2/17 @ 11:34): Last week we brought you the news that OnePlus was opening up an OxygenOS Oreo Open Beta program for the OnePlus 5T. Now, it looks like the company has pulled it only a few short days after it was released. Users complained about multiple and consistent app crashes after installing the beta. Even though OnePlus warns users that beta its software is not stable as an official OTA, it apparently found the problems wide-spread enough to remove download links for it. Going directly to the download page returns a “403 Forbidden” error.
We have reached out to OnePlus for comment on this matter. We will update this post when they respond.
Original post (12/31/17): After promising that the first OxygenOS Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T would be released before the end of the year, OnePlus managed to keep its promise. The first Open Beta build for the smartphone is now available to download from the company’s website.
With this OxygenOS beta, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, the OnePlus 5T gains lots of new features and improvements. The changelog says this beta adds Oreo features like picture-in-picture mode, improved auto-fill, smart text selection, and a new Quick Settings design. It also includes the latest December 2017 Android security patches.
The phone’s launcher has also been updated with this beta release, by optimizing the app shortcut style, along with combining icon options with app shortcuts. OnePlus 5T owners can now upload photos to Shot on OnePlus with this new release, as well.
You can find out how to install the first Open Beta build on OnePlus’ forums right here. If you do end up installing it, OnePlus would like you to fill out a UI/UX survey and report any bugs you experience. Keep in mind that if you do decide to download and install this beta build, you could experience some bugs and performance issues.
The OnePlus 5T joins the the older OnePlus 5 in getting Oreo public beta builds. Both phones are expected to get final stable Oreo releases sometime in early 2018. It has already rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo officially to the OnePlus 3 and 3T,