OnePlus 6 Gets Android P Beta Ahead of Phone's Release

Elias Hubbard
May 9, 2018

Yes, the OnePlus 6 that launches next week on May 16 (and on May 17 in India) is eligible for the Android P Beta Program. In fact, this is the most anticipated smartphone of the year. Well known for rolling out the latest software updates, OnePlus has revealed that it is one of the first group of smartphone manufacturers working closely with Google to roll out the latest software update to its devices. Developers will be able to use the OnePlus 6 for testing and adapting their apps for the new display notch cutout - a feature that Android P will support natively, which will eventually be adopted by the market as a standard feature. Though the announcement focuses on OnePlus 6, the company hinted that OnePlus 5 and 5T users will also get their hands on Android P goodness "later this year".

In addition to OnePlus 6, Google has announced that the Android P beta will be made available on other phones. Unlike other Android updates, the giant has chose to make the Android P's Beta update to available for non-Google devices as well. It has also said that it is now focussing on rolling out the latest security patch and updates to the OnePlus 6 within two months of its release. There are plenty of Android based smartphones available in all ranges and for that reason, the company will make the Android P Beta available for most of the Android devices.

Google on its Android Developer Platform published a timeline showcasing the release track of updates for Android P. It said that the Android P Developer Preview will run until the final Android P public release to AOSP and OEMs is released, which is planned for Q3 2018. The same will be made available at the earliest as early as day one on the upcoming Android P smartphone.

Talking about the new features that Android P is set to bring on board, it comes with the notch and multi-camera support, improved notification panel, design changes, security features and more.

"By empowering and trusting in our community we learned users want a fast, smooth, and clean user experience - something we call "burden-less", said Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus. Also, interested users can try the latest Android update on the soon to be launched smartphone by visiting the dedicated webpage on the company's official site. "The creation of Team FSE (fast, smooth, efficient) helps create a recurring theme across all user reviews of OnePlus phone experiences as fast and smooth".

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