[Update: H2OS Open Beta 1 released] OnePlus opens Open Beta channel for OnePlus 8T, OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 released

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on March 12, 2021) follows:

OnePlus has had a pretty rough couple of months, to say the least. Since the rollout of Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 to its OnePlus 8 series of devices, the company has been embroiled in an endless cycle of bug-fixing.

This has led the delay of the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update to the company’s other eligible devices such as the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus Nord devices with both devices (1,2) seeing the recent updates pulled due to…you guessed it…more bugs.

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To the company’s credit though, affected users have been getting bug-fix updates, a very OnePlus move and we can only hope to see more of these moving forward.

The OnePlus 8T was unveiled back in 2020 and this was the first device from OnePlus to come with the company’s Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 out of the box.

The device hasn’t been without its fair share of issues, issues that have been constantly fixed by the company with update after update. We’ve been keeping an eye on these updates and you can check out our tracker here.

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OnePlus 8T

The last of these bug-fix updates came back in February when the device was updated to the January 2021 Android security patch.

Today, users of the OnePlus 8T are getting another update, this time bringing the February patch along with a few more bug-fixes and optimizations. Below is the update’s changelog.

System
-Optimized the UI display of the status bar
-Optimized the stability of the frame rate and improve its experience while playing games
-Optimized the Community homepage with more noticeable notification
-Updated Android security patch to 2021.02
Weather
-Optimized the animations of sunny and cloudy days for a clearer dynamic display
Gallery
-Optimized the layout of the cloud service in the Gallery for a better operation experience

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Along with this update, OnePlus is officially opening the Open Beta channel for this OnePlus 8T. For the uninitiated, the Open beta channel is meant for users who want to test out new features before the official update rolls out.

Basically, this is the bleeding edge of updates from OnePlus to the OnePlus 8T devices. Worth noting, however, is that this is beta software and, as such, maybe less stable than stable releases.

To enroll, follow the following steps:

Note: This upgrade method will not erase data but please be sure to backup first.
1. Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package from the specified server.
2. Copy the ROM upgrade package to the phone storage.
3. Go to Settings -> System -> System Updates -> Click top right icon -> Local upgrade -> Click on the corresponding installation package -> upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%.
4. After the upgrade is complete, click Restart.
5. Update successful.

To go back to the stable release channel from the Open beta program on your OnePlus 8T, follow the following steps.

Note: This upgrade method will erase all the contents of the phone, please be sure to backup first.
1. Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package from the specified server.
2. Copy the Rollback package to the phone storage.
3. Go to Settings -> System -> System Updates -> Click top right icon -> Local upgrade -> Click on the corresponding installation package -> upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%.
4. After the upgrade is complete, click Restart.
5. Update successful.

Now to the fun part, if you want to install this build on your device, here are the download links to both the Open Beta build and the rollback files.

  • Device: OnePlus 8T
  • Channel: Open Beta 1
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download India: Link
      • Download Global: Link
  • Device: OnePlus 8T
  • Channel: Stable Rollback package
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download India: Link
      • Download Global: Link

We shall continue to keep an eye on this and other OnePlus developments so you might want to stay tuned to our dedicated OnePlus section for more.

Update 1 (March 21)

06:52 am (IST): OnePlus is rolling out the second Open Beta build for the OnePlus 8T and this update comes with a load of bug-fixes. Here’s the changelog.

System
-OnePlus account now can be registered with the phone number in more countries or regions
– Optimized the startup speed of some apps to improve the user experience
– Fixed the noise issue of 5G calls
– Fixed the issue that the fingerprint pattern is not displayed on the screen (OP8 series only)
– Fixed the issue that WhatsApp cannot receive messages when it is in the background for a long time
– Fixed the issue in which the “Turn on automatically” in Dark Mode is disabled after the system update
– Fixed the disappearing issue with the animation of the voice assistant wake-up gesture
– Fixed the issue that no caller ID is displayed from the favorite contacts in Do Not Disturb mode
– Fixed the issue that the Setting interface displays abnormally under the split screen of call forwarding
– Fixed the flash issue with the Quick Reply in Landscape
– Fixed the issue that the status bar is displayed abnormally when using split-screen with the Chrome
– Fixed the small probability issue that the expanded screenshot may stop working
– Updated Android security patch to 2021.03

Camera
– Newly added time watermark (Go to: Camera – Settings – Shot on OnePlus watermark – Time)
Gallery
– Fixed the issue in which pictures are not displayed in the Gallery after they are copied to the DCIM category
– Fixed the issue that the Nearby Share button may disappear when using Google Photos
Bluetooth
– Fixed the issue that the SCENARIO-BASED ENHANCEMENT switch is not displayed in the settings when OnePlus

Buds is connected to the phone
– Fixed the issue that the device cannot be searched by other Bluetooth devices
Message
– Fixed the issue of the incomplete dialog box displayed in landscape mode
– Fixed known issues with the SMS to improve functional stability (OP8 series only)
Clock
– Improved the touch range of stopwatch buttons and improved the user experience
Ambient Display
– Fixed the issue in which the AOD displays the wrong time sequence after setting up some languages as system languages
– Fixed the issue with AOD that the screen may flash when unlocking with fingerprint
– Fixed the issue with AOD that the screen may display red in some scenes
– Fixed the issue of blurred lines in AOD

Network
– Fixed the failure issue with Wi-Fi
Zen Mode
– Newly added the Tide Voice Medal (Complete 3 Zen Mode challenges with white noise to win this medal)

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Update 2 (March 23)

IST 14:52 pm: Users of the OnePlus 8T on the Open beta channel in China are getting the HydrogenOS 11 Open Beta 1 build on their devices. Below is the changelog.

【Update log】
system
• Optimize the startup speed of some applications to improve user experience
• Fix the problem of 5G call noise
• Fix the problem that pictures sent from WeChat small window are stuck
• Fixed an issue where clicking on the WeChat floating window in game mode could not jump to WeChat
• Fix the problem that the dark mode auto-open function is automatically turned off
• Fix the problem of incomplete display of icons in the status bar of the Cyberpunk customized model
• Fix the problem of white bars at the bottom of the keyboard in some scenes
• Fix the problem that there is no incoming call interface for favorite contacts in Do Not Disturb mode
• Fix the problem that the setting interface is displayed abnormally when entering call forwarding under split screen
• Fix the problem of flickering windows in the horizontal screen quick reply window
• Fix the problem that long screenshots stop running
• Update Android security patch to 2021.03

camera
• Added time watermark function (path: camera settings-Shot on OnePlus watermark-time)

Photo album
• Fix the problem that pictures are not displayed in the gallery after being copied to the DCIM directory

Bluetooth
• Fixed an issue where the sound enhancement switch was not displayed in the settings when OnePlus Buds was connected to a mobile phone
• Fix the problem that cannot be searched by other Bluetooth devices

SMS
• Added the function of hiding SMS verification code, which can be used for privacy processing of the verification code when the screen is locked, so as to better protect your information security (setting path: SMS-Settings-Hide the verification code, you can turn it on)
• Fix the problem of incomplete dialog box display in landscape mode

clock
• Improve the touch range of the stopwatch button and enhance the user experience

Information screen display
• Fix the issue of AOD fingerprint unlocking splash screen
• Fix the problem of AOD red screen in some scenarios
• Fix the problem of blurring of AOD drawing shadow lines

The internet
• Fix the problem that there is a small probability that the wireless Internet cannot be accessed, and improve the stability of the network connection

Meditation mode
• Added “Sound of Tides” medal (acquisition rules: use the white noise function and complete 3 meditation challenges)
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