About a week ago, OnePlus released the first OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 6. While the two Android P betas before were based on developer previews of Android P, OxygenOS Open Beta 1 was based on stable Android 9.0 Pie. Within the same week, only a couple of days ago, OnePlus rolled out the OxygenOS Open Beta 2 update as well. The company says this update brings performance optimizations and camera improvements among other things.
Other improvements include improvements in background power consumption which should result in a better battery life than the previous beta. Improvements have also been made to Wi-Fi stability, performance/scrolling improvements, etc. The image quality for the front-facing camera has also been improved. Just to be clear, not everyone had issues with WiFi stability, background power consumption, front camera, pocket mode, etc.
For some users who were facing scrolling/touch latency issues, those have also been fixed and the OS generally performs faster than the previous beta. Another change here is that the Volume dialogue now has a settings icon at the bottom that takes you directly to the Volume settings. This is how it works on the Google Pixel devices and now it works the same on OnePlus 6. It’s a minor change but it makes a world of difference when you do need it. Issues regarding Google Pay and device certification still persist after the Beta 2 update sadly.
This is because OnePlus hasn’t yet submitted the ROM’s build fingerprint to Google for certification. This means apps like Pokemon Go, Netflix, etc. will still not be working. It is likely that OnePlus will have this fixed by the next update but don’t hold your breath on it. Given the speed with which the company is pushing out updates, they might as well just wait for an official stable build before submitting a certification request to Google.
- Improved stability for Wi-Fi connection
- Optimized background power consumption control
- Optimization for the pocket mode to reduce accidental touches
- Optimized multi-tasking UI
- Optimized image quality for the front camera
- Improved UI for Verification Codes (for OTP), making it faster to find what you want
Download and install OxygenOS Open Beta 2
If you were already using the OxygenOS Open Beta 1, you should receive an OTA update notification on your phone. In the odd chance that you still haven’t received a notification, or are not using Open Beta 1, you can download the full ROM from the link below.
You can install the ROM using TWRP or using the local upgrade option in the system updater app if you’re using the stock OnePlus recovery. We’ve already gone into detail about how you can flash an Open Beta ROM on the OnePlus 6 using the local upgrade function. You can check it out from the link below. Keep in mind you need to flash the ROM file linked above and not the one in the link below.