OnePlus 5T Finally Gets HydrogenOS Closed Beta of Android 9.0 Pie

Daphne Planca
1:58 PM

Chinese-based tech company OnePlus has been reported less than 2 weeks ago that they are testing their Android Pie update on the current OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The beta testing was only done in China, so it’s only available for Chinese users.

According to XDA Developers, a recent report about the HydrogenOS closed beta firmware based on Android Pie just got surfaced online for the highly anticipated OnePlus 5T. The company only ships this operating system to its customers in the Chinese market. This operating system is totally different from the variant OxygenOS that the company ships to the international market.

Even if these operating systems share the same code base, there are two key aspects including the upper layer or the user interface and the absence of Google services in HydrogenOS. For those who are not aware, the company cannot ship HydrogenOS in China because Google services are blocked in the whole country. The update brings the new OnePlus UI to the device. There will be a new background control solution and the new full-screen gestures that are exclusive only for OnePlus 5T.

Other changes include Android P shutdown interface, new calling UI, optimized Weather app, optimizations to number identifications, and ability to assign a SIM to individual contacts or contact groups. The users of the device can easily check the SMS verification code because its feature opens on the display.

The company will also ship three different versions of any major update. First, the company will only invite a selected number of users to test the new update and report bugs on the closed beta test. Next, the Open Beta build will be launched and available for installation for all the users in the market. Lastly, the stable build will roll out to all the devices when all the bugs are fixed in the software.

So, what are your thoughts about the latest Android 9 Pie-based closed beta of HydrogenOS for OnePlus 5T? Let us know by writing in the comment section below.

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