Reports have been trickling in for the last couple of hours that the stable Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6T has been rolling out — apparently without any fanfare or an associated announcement at the OnePlus forums, as is customary. In addition to bringing all the Android 10 features you can expect, the OxygenOS 10 update for the 6T also includes the company's Game Space feature and the "Contextual display" ambient display feature.

This timing corresponds to the best-case scenario for the company's initially projected roadmap, which claimed the OnePlus 6T and 6 would get Android 10 sometime in November. Today, being the first of the month, would be the earliest that could happen. It also follows the Open Beta release late last month.

The full changelog for this update (which mostly matches the previous Open Beta) is just below:

System

  • Upgraded to Android 10
  • Brand new UI design
  • Enhanced location permissions for privacy
  • New customization feature in Settings allowing you to choose icon shapes to be displayed in the Quick Settings
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Full Screen Gestures

  • Added inward swipes from the left or right edge of the screen to go back
  • Added a bottom navigation bar to allow switching left or right for recent apps

Game Space

  • New Game Space feature now joins all your favorite games in one place for easier access and better gaming experience

Contextual display

  • Intelligent info based on specific times, locations, and events for Ambient Display (Settings - Display - Ambient Display - Smart Display)

Message

  • Now possible to block spam by keywords for Message (Messages - Spam - Settings - Blocking settings)

About half of the log, by volume, corresponds to general Android 10-related changes like the new gesture navigation system, enhanced permissions model, and icon shape customization. A few of the features are OnePlus/OxygenOS-specific and new to the 6T, like the keyword blocking in the OnePlus Messages app and the contextual display feature (previously called smart display), which was one of my favorite features our recent OnePlus 7T review.

Update notification and changelog for the OxygenOS 10.0 update on the OnePlus 6T in Oxygen Updater. 

As usual, the update is rolling out in a limited fashion for the time being. None of my own devices see it on their own. Some have had luck pulling it down using a VPN to connect to one of OnePlus' test markets, like Germany. You can also grab the update for the 6T right now via the third-party Oxygen Updater app (also available on APK Mirror). Note that there are a few reports of image verification failing upon download, though I didn't have an issue, myself.

It's a pretty big update in size, too, clocking in at around 1.8GB for what we assume is the full image. You might want to get on Wi-Fi before you pull it down. As warned in the Oxygen Updater app, if you converted a T-Mobile branded 6T to the international model, you might want to hold off updating until others have verified if there are any issues, since the previous Open Beta had some serious problems for converted devices. (Update: Reports appear to indicate the converted T-Mobile units don't have a problem this time around, though YMMV.)

At the time of writing, the update doesn't appear to be rolling out for the older OnePlus 6 just yet, though historically updates come to the pair of phones at around the same time. More anecdotally, my OnePlus 6 doesn't see any available update in either settings or Oxygen Updater, and reports online appear to be limited to the 6T for the time being. Our friends at XDA claim the folks running the Oxygen Updater app have seen it start to roll out for the OnePlus 6. (Update: The Oxygen Updater developers have told us that XDA's coverage was in error.)

We'll be sure to let you know when the update is spotted in the wild on that device, or if an official announcement lands for the update.

Officially announced

The update has been officially announced on the OnePlus Forums. It's a staged rollout coming to a limited number of devices today, then ramping up to all users in a few days once OnePlus is sure there aren't any critical bugs.

Rollout for the OnePlus 6 may have hit a snag and could suffer a small delay, though.

Rolling out to OnePlus 6 following delay

The update is FINALLY rolling out for the OnePlus 6 as well. We can confirm that the download is now available in the Oxygen Updater app on our own devices, and it should be slowly rolling out via the traditional means as well.

Update may be paused pending a bug-fix build

The update may be paused pending a new build, based on some information provided over the last week on OnePlus' forums. The company is frustratingly non-explicit with the details, but a recent weekly update thread has revealed that the update still has yet to roll out globally. "The team is working on a new build with more issue fixing, and they'll release it once it's ready (from partially to globally). Your patience is much appreciated."

It isn't immediately clear if the rollout has actually been paused/pulled, or if the company is restricting it to certain markets until it can fix whatever issues are present. There have been reports of a wide variety of problems on the Android 10 update for the phones, including SafetyNet verification breaking, picture-in-picture breaking, third-party launchers crashing, and general stability problems, all among a much longer list.

We've reached out to OnePlus for more information, as well as explicit confirmation if the update has been pulled/paused, but we have yet to receive a response. If and when we get more information, we'll let you know.

New build expected as early as next week

In yesterday's "Weekly Update," a OnePlus staff member revealed that a fixed version of the OnePlus 6 and 6T's Android 10 Update may start rolling out as early as "next week" (probably meaning this upcoming calendar week, given the statement was made on a Saturday). This is all assuming that this new update passes CTS — in other words, if it doesn't have anything wrong with it.

This is getting to be quite a long, drawn-out story, but we'll let you know just as soon as we spot the update rolling out.

Oxygen OS 10.0.1 hotfix rolling out

Hopefully, we're drawing near the end of OnePlus's now multi-month OnePlus 6/6T Android 10 saga. A new hotfix update has been spotted rolling out in the form of Oxygen OS 10.0.1. Although the company hasn't updated its announcement post at the OnePlus forums yet for this new release, (Update: The official announcement has been made) it's available now via Oxygen Updater for both devices.

The update changelog for the 10.0.1 hotfix on the OnePlus 6T.

There were several reports of issues with the original Oxygen OS 10.0 update (mentioned above in previous updates), but presumably, this new version fixes at least some of them. According to the incremental update's changelog (above), fixes for the fingerprint sensor bug and connectivity issues are included, among several others. It's still just the October security patches, so OnePlus is two months behind as of this release, though it's better than being four months behind, as many owners were until now.

If you don't see the update on your own devices — likely, since it's in a slow rollout — you can pull it down early via Oxygen Updater. However, if you'd prefer to manually install it yourself, we've also got download links (again, courtesy of the folks at Oxygen Updater) to both the incremental update and the full update for those still on older versions:

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6T

Once downloaded, you can install these images via the manual installer in Settings -> System -> System updates -> the cog icon -> Local upgrade, just be sure to delete them later once they're installed. Alternatively, you can wait for it to land on your device naturally. That might be the wise choice, in case there are any new issues with this release like there were with the last one.

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