OnePlus has announced that a new beta update is on its way to both the OnePlus 6 and 6T. In OnePlus 6’s case, we’re looking at the OxygenOS Beta 12, while the OnePlus 6T is receiving this update under the Open Beta 4 build, though changelogs are almost identical for both devices.
There is one difference between the update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, as the OnePlus 6 will get “OnePlus Laboratory” with test features along with this update, which is a feature / menu option that has been available for OnePlus 6T for a while now. Other than that detail, the update is identical for both phones.
OnePlus has opted to further optimize the screenshot function on both devices, in order to offer an even better experience than before. We’re not entirely sure what the changes are, but we presume these are only some additional optimizations, nothing groundbreaking, as the feature works really well as it is. Once you take the screenshot either using gestures or buttons, you can simply wait and let it be saved, or edit that screenshot by doodling, cropping, taking a longer screenshot, and so on.
This update will also enable quick reply in landscape mode, which will essentially make it possible for you to reply messages while you’re watching videos, or even gaming, as long as your gaming settings are not preventing messages to be shown, which will probably be the case, as most people don’t want to get interrupted while they’re playing a game. In any case, you have the option now, which is always good.
Speaking of gaming, this Open Beta update is also bringing some gaming mode enhancements, but considering OnePlus did not mention the specifics, we’ll assume that new features will not be added, and that these are just some optimizations. On top of everything that is mentioned, both phones are also getting support for world clock with weather info with this update, which is a feature that those of you who travel a lot will probably appreciate. That is basically it as far as changes are concerned.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T are running somewhat similar specifications, including the same processor, so it’s not exactly surprising that they’re getting similar updates as well. Releasing such updates for both devices released within one year is the common practice for the company, OnePlus has been doing the same for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, same goes for the OnePlus 5 and 5T.
Now, those of you who are already running OxygenOS Open Beta on your device know exactly what you’re getting into, and will get this update the usual way, over-the-air (OTA). If you’re running a stable build of OxygenOS and would like to switch to Open Beta, you can find more info on how to do that by clicking here, you will essentially need to flash the beta software, which is not something that is recommended to do if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, not to mention you’ll lose all your data in the process. Same goes for returning back to the stable channel, actually.