OnePlus's flagships from 2018 — the 6 and the 6T — are receiving an OxygenOS update, but it's not the one you were probably hoping for. It doesn't bring Android 11 to the phones, which shouldn't be very surprising since the 7 and the 7T series are yet to get that update, too.
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The OnePlus 6 and 6T just picked up a new update. No, they aren't getting Android 11 today, but the latest OxygenOS v10.3.8 does deliver January 2021 security patches plus an updated GMS package. Folks in India also get the newish OnePlus Store app and an update to the Red Cable Club "MemberShip" app.
OnePlus used to be known for speedy Android updates, but those days have long since passed. While Samsung has already started updating mostofitsrecentflagships to Android 11, the same update has only arrived on two OnePlus phones (the 8 and 8T). OnePlus has now shared a status report on the OxygenOS 11 rollout, providing a rough timeline for the months ahead.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T are two of the company’s oldest phones still receiving regular updates, bringing newer security fixes and optimizations. With their latest OxygenOS 10.3.7 stable builds, both 2018 flagships are being bumped to the current security level, as well as getting a bunch of gaming features and system-level general fixes.
OnePlus is currently rolling out its first update to the OnePlus 6 and 6T since July, and users are rightly a little annoyed that it's taken so long. That means three months without the latest security patches, and if you're expecting a sizeable update with exciting new features, sadly this isn't it.
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OnePlus has lately stepped up its software-update game following a brief setback late last year. The company’s been taking a proactive approach to release timely major — as well as incremental — updates even to some of its oldest phones, and the newer 7 and 7T lineup have also been consistently receiving their fair share of attention in the form of performance improvements and general optimizations. Keeping up with that spirit, over the past couple of days OnePlus has pushed a buttload of feature and security updates across its range going back to 2018 — including the 6/6T, along with the 7 and 7T series.
OnePlus just announced the end of the OxygenOS Open Beta program for the 6 and 6T, but the company promised that regular stable updates would continue. Sure enough, both phones are now receiving a new system update, containing a handful of bug fixes and security patches.