This new beta update will let you taste a slice of Android P on OnePlus’s latest flagship
Earlier this month, Google launched the Android P beta which was not available for any OnePlus devices launched earlier. But now OnePlus has announced via OnePlus Forum that the upcoming Android version is available for its latest flagship, OnePlus 6 which was launched on May 16.
This is a beta version so users can expect bugs and small hiccups. The company warns users who have little or no experience in flashing custom ROMs to proceed at their own risk while installing it. It advises owners to make sure the battery is above 30 percent, and they have at least 3 GB of free space. Moreover, the company announced the device trees and kernel sources are available on OnePlus Github page.
The new Android P includes features like revamped navigation, additional gestures that turn the home button into a scrolling bar, adaptive battery and a DND (Do not disturb) feature. A new option on settings menu called “Swipe up the Home button” which removes the recent apps button on the right and replaces the home button with a horizontal scroll. A single swipe up switches between apps and a second swipe will display the previous apps. The recent apps menu also gets a face over which a horizontal scroll pops up in the home button’s place resulting in easy navigation because of the horizontal position rather than vertical.
There is also a new “Prevent ringing “feature which can be activated by pressing down together the volume up and the power button. The battery gets a new saving feature called “Adaptive battery” which will let you squeeze some more juice out of your battery by targeted distribution and limiting background running of unused apps.
OnePlus 6 was the first non-Google smartphone to come bundled with Android 8.1 Oreo update. So we can expect it will provide one of the first devices to get the final stable version of the Android P.