Both the OnePlus 3 and 3T are expected to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update by the end of the year and the Chinese manufacturer is currently running a beta program only for the owners of the first flagship. This second community build comes two weeks after the first build and it rolls out as OxygenOS Open Beta 9.
The new Nougat-based firmware provides some improvements to the stability and battery performance, as well as support for expanded screenshots, and optimizations to the UI and DPI settings. OnePlus has also fixed bugs that made their way to the first beta build, but other bugs may be found in this second beta build as well.
As for the first beta build of Android 7.0 Nougat, it included a new notifications and Settings menu design, built-in support custom DPIs, direct replies from notifications, multi-window view and OnePlus’ own features, such as quick launch for third party apps, status bar icon options and improved Shelf customization.
If you’ve already flashed the first Open Beta build, you will receive the second one as an over-the-air update. If you haven’t taken the first step already, you will need to flash the previous Open Beta build by using the ADB sideload. After doing this, you will get new beta builds over-the-air whenever OnePlus releases them.
However, when the final, stable OxygenOS will come out, you will need to manually clean flash your device to an official build, and then you will start receiving OTA updates. Don’t forget to back up your data because it will be wiped when rolling back to official OxygenOS builds.
The OnePlus 3 was launched in June with Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) out of the box. The flagship sports a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED Full HD screen, it’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) processor that supports up to 6GB of RAM and has a fixed internal memory of 64GB. On its back is placed a 16MP camera with phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash, while the front camera supports 8MP. As for the battery, it’s non-removable and has a capacity of 3000mAh.
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