OnePlus 5/5T to get Android 8.1 update soon

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After rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for its OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T smartphones earlier this year, OnePlus has now started rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo beta update for both the phones. This open beta brings the company's latest devices up to date with Android 8.1.

The Android 8.1 open beta for OnePlus 5 and 5T is available for free from the OnePlus website.

Alongside the Android 8.1 Oreo update, the update comes with February security patch as well, which brings a range of new features to the OnePlus 5T.

The latest OxygenOS beta released for OnePlus 5T contains the overlay image attached above which shows that the display will have a cutout so as to optimize the apps for this cutout.

With the update in its fourth beta, we can expect the stable version to be out soon.

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The public update will be pushed via OTA and you will have to charge the handsets up to 100% to avoid interruption. It also comes with general bug fixes and improvements along with more clock styles for the ambient display. (It's out for the older OnePlus 5 too.) And since I've signed up for the open beta program previously, I received this update over-the-air just like any other Android update.

Gaming mode. Added new optimizations in gaming mode for a more immersive gaming experience including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness.

In addition, the software update brings along another feature called the OnePlus Switch to the OnePlus 5T.

For the OnePlus Switch, the company has also added support to migrate application data, allowing users to switch between devices seamlessly. In case you are not an Open Beta user, but interested to get the update on your OnePlus 5T, you need to head to this link: http://downloads.oneplus.net/ to download it. However, advanced users can get a taste of upcoming features and software through the open beta program, before these features are thoroughly tested and rolled out as stable OTAs.

Do note that since these are beta builds, you may face some issues with stability.

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