We are nearing the end of the year, and the OnePlus 3 owners are still waiting for the official Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update. The good news is that the company has been working on this update and it just released the OxygenOS Open Beta 8 (Nougat), but Open Beta users will need to manually install it.
According to the changelog, OxygenOS Open Beta 8 (Nougat) brings a new Notifications design, a new Settings menu design, Multi-window view, notification direct reply, custom DPI support, status bar icon options, quick launch for third party applications and improved shelf customization.
The first beta of this update may be unstable and with bugs, so users will have to understand and try to be patience and tolerant with the performance problems until the arrival of the second beta.
“Please keep in mind that this is beta software. This build will not be as stable as our official OTA releases. Given that this is a shift to a brand new version of Android, there may be more bugs in this build than previous Open Beta builds. By installing this update, you accept the potential risks,” has warned OnePlus.
The problem is that once you install OxygenOS Open Beta 8 (Nougat), you won’t be able to simply downgrade back to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as you’ll need a special Open Beta build that you’ll get from OnePlus customer service. This build will format your device, so you will need to be very careful not to lose your data, which means that you will need to back it up.
However, OnePlus 3 owners who want to try out Nougat will need to head to the OnePlus forums and download the 1.3GB .zip file, then, in order to apply the new update, they will use the “adb sideload” command.
But, if you’re already on an Open Beta build, you will just copy the file to your phone and follow the instructions to manually install the update through the system settings.
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