OnePlus is known for running its Open Beta programs well, and indeed a lot of users port their phones onto the Open Beta once it’s made available for their phone. For the time being, all OnePlus phones – from OnePlus 3 to the OnePlus 5T – have active Open Beta programs, and users of the latest OnePlus 6 have been waiting for this to be launched for the phone.
Now, according to information spotted in the XDA Developers Forum, the OnePlus 6 is finally starting its own Open Beta program, and that too running on the recently released Android 9 Pie. For now though, it’s only available in China on HydrogenOS, which is OnePlus’ special user interface designed for its devices in China. HydrogenOS is fairly similar to the company’s global OxygenOS software implementation, with the notable difference being the lack of Google services that aren’t used in China. Instead, HydrogenOS comes with China-specific services and apps.
The Open Beta (also known as the public beta) is less stable than a standard stable roll-out, and as such it isn’t recommended that users get on-board unless they are absolutely certain of how to handle the phone with the less-than-stable software. Furthermore, this being the first Open Beta version and that too with a step-up to Android 9 Pie, is best not attempted by novice users.
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Although it’s just in China for now, OnePlus is likely to bring the Open Beta program to OxygenOS for the OnePlus 6 as well in the coming weeks. Post the Open Beta program and any user feedback and usage statistics, OnePlus will also roll-out Android 9 Pie through a stable OTA, but this could take a few months to happen. Additionally, based on how it was done last year, the OnePlus 5 and 5T are likely to receive stable Android 9 Pie before the OnePlus 6.