Even though the OnePlus 7T series was updated to stable Android 11 back in March, the phones have continued to receive beta builds to test new features. But all that comes to an end this week, as OnePlus releases the final Open Beta for the 7T and 7T Pro.
All four of the phones in the OnePlus 7 series are getting updated this weekend, patching the build of OxygenOS to 220.127.116.11. While this is mainly a series of bug fixes, the biggest change is upgrading the Android security patch to May 2021. The update is rolling out to the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro now.
OxygenOS received quite the visual overhaul last year with version 11, borrowing some design elements from One UI to improve one-handed use. The OnePlus 7 series was late to the Android 11 party, only getting the update in March — six months after Google released it for Pixel devices. Despite the wait, there are plenty of new features and improvements in OxygenOS 11, and now the T-Mobile version of the 7 Pro and 7T are getting a piece of the action.
OnePlus software tends to be among the best for Android devices. Its update process ... not so much, at least as of late. The OnePlus 7T, for example, had to wait half a year to get its Android 11 update, and some carrier variants took even longer. If you want to try out a new flavor of Android on your OnePlus 7T, now you can: there's an official build of the LineageOS custom ROM available for it.
Late last month OnePlus updated its most recent phones to OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11. As is common with major updates, a few bugs were found. According to its active user forum, OnePlus is now rolling out the 18.104.22.168 hotfix for the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro, along with a security update.
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.
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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.