- The first Android 9.0 Pie open beta of OxygenOS is available now for the OnePlus 6.
- The beta software has a few issues but will give you a taste of what Pie will look like for the OnePlus 6.
- Anyone can install the beta, but be warned: if you don’t like it, you’ll have to wipe everything to go back to Oreo.
If you own a OnePlus 6 you can test out the first Android 9.0 Pie version of OxygenOS starting today. Simply head here (or click the button at the bottom of this article) to read instructions and get links to the software download.
However, don’t rush off just yet, as there are two things you should know about this software (and OxygenOS open betas in general) before taking the plunge.
First off, even though Android 9.0 Pie has a stable release this open beta is skinned over with some of OnePlus’ OxygenOS features. Granted, OxygenOS is incredibly close to stock Android so you won’t find too many differences between the two, but since they are not the same thing this open beta software is definitely not stable.
For example, this open beta of Pie will have issues with certain applications; most notably, Google Pay will not work. Also, when you go to download apps from the Google Play Store you might see a warning that your device is not certified by Google, which could cause some problems.
The second thing to keep in mind is that if you decide after trying out this beta software that you don’t like the bugs and want to go back to the stable Oreo version of OxygenOS, you must do a fresh install. That means you have to wipe your OnePlus 6 and then reinstall Android, which will force you to reset all your apps and settings as if you just took the phone out of the box. For many, this is a hassle that just won’t be worth it.
That all being said, this open beta release is incredibly exciting because it means that a stable rollout of Android 9.0 Pie is coming soon for the OnePlus lineup, including the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and the OnePlus 3 and 3T. It also increases the likelihood that the OnePlus 6T will launch with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
Click the button below to give this open beta a try!