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The OnePlus 3 is now receiving Android Nougat based OxygenOS beta update OnePlus

OnePlus has finally started rolling out an OxygenOS update that has Nougat features. The latest update is called Open Beta 8 and is the first Nougat based update to hit any OnePlus device.

The Beta program was started by OnePlus a couple of months ago to encourage users to try out test builds and give feedback on bugs, lags and performance issues before the company rolls out an over-the-air (OTA) version. Although there have been a lot of OxygenOS beta updates in the past few weeks, this is the most significant due to Android Nougat features.

The company details the beta build changes:

  • Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat
  • New notifications design
  • New Settings menu design
  • Multi-window view
  • Notification direct reply
  • Custom DPI support
  • Added Status bar icon options
  • Added quick launch for third-party applications
  • Improved shelf customisation

As one can see, most of these changes are Nougat based which OnePlus users have been waiting for a while to try out. The company, however, notes that some features are still not working and some may be under development:

  • Android Pay not working properly
  • Some stability/performance issues
  • Incompatibility with TWRP
  • One cannot downgrade to Marshmallow builds after installing this update. If anyone still wishes to, the OnePlus team has a special build of Android M that will allow you to downgrade but the process will format the device

Surprisingly, even though the OnePlus 3T was released weeks ago, it has not been chosen as the first model to seed the Android Nougat based OxygenOS update. The company has said both models are expected to get the update by the end of the year.