The long wait for cookies is finally over. At least for owners of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. While the latest OnePlus 5 and 5T have yet to even see the shadow of a beta, the OEM has finally got the ball rolling on bringing the Android Oreo OTA to last year’s flagships. This ends a long string of OxygenOS betas and opens up time and resources to bring the same beta to the OnePlus 5 pair before the year ends.
The changelog for the OxygenOS 5.0 OTA is deceptively simple. Of course, that’s because the “Update to Android O (8.0)” already encompasses hundreds of changes, most of them under the hood. And many of them already “pre-announced” in the previous Open Betas. OnePlus did decide to spell out some of them, like Picture in Picture, Auto-fill, and Smart Selection to name a few. Unfortunately, it seems that only the September security patches have been applied, despite the last beta including October’s set.
Since the OTA is for both an Android update as well as an OxygenOS update, there are some new OnePlus-exclusive changes as well. That includes some customizations to the App Launcher, like notification dots (from Oreo) and a new design. There’s also the addition of Parallel Apps, which lets users run two instances of a single app at the same time.
The OTA will probably be a bittersweet moment for OnePlus 3 and 3T owners. The manufacturer has promised only two Android version updates, not two years’ worth of updates. As this is the second time the smartphones have received such an update, it is practically the end of the line for the.