OnePlus did promise that the update is coming, and this Open Beta build confirms it. OnePlus always releases Open Beta builds first to test out the upcoming stable update. Chances are we'll see several of these builds before stable Android 10 arrives to the two phones.
This Open Beta update brings Android 10 to the OnePlus 5 & 5T
So, if you'd like to get the very first taste of Android 10 on either the OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can install this beta update. Do note that you may face some bugs, though, as this is a beta update after all.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T were released in 2017, so the users that still have them can't really complain about the speed of the arriving update. OnePlus did release Android 10 a while back for all of its devices since 2018.
This update brings everything you'd expect out of Android 10, well, most features you'd expect. OnePlus still has some things to tweak and release in future builds, but you'll get the Android 10 experience here.
You'll get the revamped UI design, along with some privacy improvements, and various Android 10 features. The company is also adding new full screen gestures that OnePlus users are familiar with at this point.
Do note that these full screen gestures will be available on the OnePlus 5T only. The OnePlus 5 does include a front-facing fingerprint scanner, and OnePlus doesn't consider it a full screen smartphone.
Installing it is not a problem at all
If you'd like to switch to this beta build, you'll need to download the appropriate update package for your phone. You can find them for both devices by clicking here. At that point, you'll need to open the file manager, and move the download package to the root directory.
Once you do that, you can open the 'Settings' apps, navigate to 'System', and then go to 'System Updates'. Press the cogwheel which is located in the top-right corner, and choose the 'Local upgrade' option. At that point, you need to select the download package you moved (.zip).
Do note that your data will not be wiped, but it will be once you move back to the stable build. So if you're not ready for that, do not move to the beta channel.
We're not sure when will the very first stable Android 10 update land, but we're hoping it will happen soon. If we had to guess, we'd say a month or two, as OnePlus still needs to release several more Open Beta builds to isolate and fix all the bugs.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T are still quite compelling smartphones, and work really well. Android 10 will bring new life to the two smartphones, though.