Android 11 is finally here for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The company has announced the first OxygenOS 11 open beta for the 2018 flagship duo. The update is already available for download globally.
Since it’s a major update, there are plenty of changes and improvements in tow. You’ll see a refresh UI, multiple newer Android features, and tons of other add-ons from OnePlus. These include the Game Space feature that brings several gaming-oriented tools to make for an immersive gaming experience.
Dark Mode gets a toggle in the Quick Settings panel. It also now supports automation, so you could have it turned on/off at a preset time. Newer widgets, clock styles, and ambient display features are also part of this package. And while there’s no mention of it in the official changelog, a user suggests the OnePlus 6 and 6T are also getting Always-On Display (AOD) with the first OxygenOS 11 open beta.
Interestingly, Android 11 will be the third major Android OS update for the OnePlus 6 but only the second for the 6T. The former arrived in May 2018 with Android 8.1 Oreo while the latter came in October that year with Android 9 Pie out of the box. The two devices now have their software updates unified. This means this will likely be the last major Android OS update for both of them.
First OxygenOS 11 open beta now available for the OnePlus 6 and 6T
Though the OnePlus 6 and 6T have been kept waiting for months, the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 beta update arrives ahead of schedule. Back in March, the company had said that the 2018 flagship duo will get the first open beta at the end of August.
Anyways, if you’re using either of the OnePlus 6 or 6T and can’t wait to get the taste of Android 11, you can now download the beta software on your phone by clicking on the links below. We recommend you make a full backup of your data to avoid any unwanted data loss.
Be informed that beta software may be less stable and certain features may not work properly. Also, once you install the beta software, you will not receive the stable update over the air (OTA). You will have to manually download the package and install it on your phone. Meanwhile, subsequent open beta builds will be available as an OTA update for as long as you don’t switch to the stable build.
OnePlus also lets you roll back to the previous stable build (in this case, Android 10) should you decide open betas aren’t worth installing in your daily driver. The company has yet to provide links for Android 10 rollback packages for the OnePlus 6 and 6T as of this writing. But they should be available soon for both devices. You can check for the rollback packages as well as the instructions to install them here.