The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T were the company’s 2017 smartphones, and set the benchmark high for devices last year. And although the company now has the latest OnePlus 6 on sale, the two phones from last year are still receiving software support, notably frequently through the OxygenOS Open Beta program. The two phones are now receiving the latest version of OxygenOS Open Beta, version 17 for the OnePlus 5, and version 15 for the OnePlus 5T.
The software update will roll out as an OTA update if you’re already on the Open Beta software path with your device. If not, you can sideload the Open Beta software package, but this will take you off the stable software path. Do note that even though the Open Beta tends to function almost as well as stable software, it isn’t recommended for novice users because of the possibility of things going wrong; try this only if you know what you’re doing.
The latest Open Beta versions bring significant changes, most notably the addition of portrait mode for the front camera on both phones, as well as the Android security patch being updated to August 2018. Apart from this, there are optimizations for background power consumption control, a fix for a call recording issue in India, big changes to the weather app, and more. Additionally, improvements have been made to the Gaming Mode, and the new OxygenOS UI is also being tested.
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Interestingly, the Open Beta program gives users access to features and changes even before the latest device – in this case, the OnePlus 6 – gets it. OnePlus 5 and 5T users therefore get to try out new features that the software team is working on, and if these features pass testing, they eventually make it to the stable version. The OnePlus 6 still does not have an Open Beta program active for OxygenOS, so much of this testing continues to take place with the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.