The newly launched OnePlus 6 which was unveiled few days ago is currently receiving its Android P beta update. Before the launch of oneplus 2018 flagship via Oneplus 6, google already listed it among the smartphone to receive the Android P beta version update at Google I/O 2018 event.
Android P which is Oreo successor was announced couple of months ago with the release of Developer Preview 1, and now, Android P Beta (aka Developer Preview 2), was launched at Google I/O 2018. OnePlus 6 will, however, not come preloaded with Android P Beta – instead, it will have Android Oreo pre-installed and users will have the option to flash the Android P Beta, considering it’s a developer preview that will likely have bugs.
Also, oneplus identify the new Android P to be best for developers by saying “Android P best suited for developers and early adopters.” In other to keep users on safer side, OnePlus posted a list of instructions for installing Android P Beta on the OnePlus 6 on its forum.
The new features in Android P include a notch and multi-camera support, improved notification panel, design changes, new security features, and more.
There are a few things that are not working also. As per OnePlus, the known issues include are – VoLTE doesn’t work, Bluetooth connectivity has ‘compatibility issues’, Wi-Fi SoftAP device manager isn’t functional, Slow Motion mode in the camera is unstable, Face Unlock isn’t working, and Widevine L1 is not operational.
As the Android P is still in an early stage of development, OnePlus says that it is not recommended to flash this ROM for users with little to no experience in software development or flashing custom ROMs. “Proceed at your own risk,” says OnePlus. It is also worth noting that you should backup your data before flashing and your PC must have ADB tools to go back to Android Oreo.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL
To get Android P Beta, you need to download the latest ROM upgrade package from the OnePlus site, and copy the ROM upgrade package to smartphone storage (inbuilt storage). Now, go to Settings > system updates. On the top right corner icon, tap on local upgrade and then on the installation package. Once there, tap on immediately upgrade.
Once the above steps are completed, you will have to go to Recovery mode in the OnePlus 6. First, press the power button and choose to shut down. Now, press the power button and volume down simultaneously to enter recovery mode. Further, select the Wipe data/ factory reset option and tap on yes to confirm your selection. Finally, select Reboot system. The OnePlus 6 will then download the Android P file.