OnePlus finally brought Android 11 to the OnePlus 7T series earlier this week, and now, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are following suit, as the company has announced on its community forum. The update adds all the goodies you would expect from OxygenOS 11, excluding the same feature that hasn't made the cut on the OnePlus 7T series just yet — the always-on ambient display.
OnePlus waited until January to announce OxygenOS 11 would be coming to the 7 and 7T series, four full months after Android 11 went public. Following the usual round of beta testing, a stable build of OxygenOS 11 is now available for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, bringing several enhancements to the phones — along with some unexpected bugs and missing features. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro got a fourth open beta over the weekend, hinting that a final version should be on the way soon.
It's been a little less than two years since OnePlus introduced Fnatic Mode on the OP7, christening its high-performance gaming mode after the pro esports team of the same name. It later spread to other models older and newer with the same label. But apparently the licensing deal between OnePlus and Fnatic has ended, and the most recent software updates have changed the label.
For owners of OnePlus 7 and 7T series phones, the wait for the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update has been endless. Yesterday we got one step closer, though, as OnePlus released the third Open Beta for the upcoming software release, featuring a pair of identical changelogs loaded with bug-fixes and bringing us one step closer to a stable release.
After a bit of a hold-up, the OnePlus 7 and 7T series finally picked up their first OxygenOS 11 betas around mid-January. While the update included a host of nifty features, including the 8T’s spruced-up interface, one notable thing it left out was the always-on display function. Thankfully, the second beta adds that missing feature but with an unfortunate caveat — it's limited to the Pro models.
OnePlus is currently hard at work bringing Android 11 to the 7 and the 7T series, and that's where it'll focus its development efforts going forward. The company has announced that it's releasing one final OxygenOS 10 update before owners can expect the Android 11 firmware.
OnePlus hasn't been quite up to the mark with software updates, as its inability to push the Android 11 update to its 2019 flagships, among other instances, reflects. Last month the company announced it wouldn't be able to get that update out to the 7 and 7T because of an issue it encountered during software development. While stable Android 11 still isn't within sight, the company has just announced Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 7 and the 7T series.
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 Android 11 update for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series of phones will be delayed, according to an announcement made to the company's Chinese forum. This contradicts the earlier leaked schedule that indicated a December release date. Given we're halfway through December, that almost certainly means it won't land until next year.
The OnePlus 7T is now two generations out of date, thanks to OnePlus' bi-yearly phone release schedule, but it's still a capable flagship smartphone heading into 2021. Now the phone is receiving another round of security fixes, according to a new forum post by OnePlus.