As your phone ages, the rate at which new features arrive tends to seriously slow down — and the gap between getting new ones increases, too. This couldn't be more true for the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro: A new update introduces a bunch of features that the OnePlus 9 series already managed to pick up a few weeks ago.
If you've been binging your favorite Netflix show on a recent phone from OnePlus or Oppo, you might have been missing a lot. The Android app has to certify that the devices it's running on (and the software they're using) are of sufficient quality to enable HD playback. That probably has more to do with anti-piracy measures than performance, but that doesn't matter a whole lot to customers who are stuck with lower-quality video.
Owners of OnePlus 8 phones, I hope you've been enjoying the beta versions of software updates that have been posted for the last few months. Because after today, you don't get any more. OnePlus has announced that its software updates for the 8 series have gotten to an acceptably stable state, so the newest beta will be the last one. From now on the software will be sent out in the standard OTA only.
The OnePlus 8 might be a year old, but it's still receiving new OxygenOS beta builds with regular frequency. Last month's update added the ability to screenshot the Always On Display, and now the July update's doing a little more than just fixing bugs.
If you're rocking a OnePlus flagship from 2020 and have been bold enough to be a part of the Open Beta program, there's news for you. OnePlus is rolling out the Open Beta 11 and the Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 8 series and the OnePlus 8T, respectively.
If you've got a OnePlus flagship from 2020, prepare to download a new software update. The OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T are receiving new builds which introduce the June security patch — considerably quick given how late the May security patch was delivered to these devices.
If you were on the fence about buying one of the new OnePlus 9 smartphones, OnePlus hopes it can entice you with its latest promo. The company, in partnership with Google, is offering Stadia Premiere Edition bundles to customers placing orders on its online store in a few countries.
We've been combing through the finer details of the first Android 12 beta this week, but it's not the only operating system you can test out right now. If you're using a OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, or 8T, the OxygenOS 11 open beta program helps keep your phone feeling fresh between stable software releases. New software is now available for all three phones, complete with plenty of bug fixes and an unexpected change to the always-on display.
OnePlus prides itself on being a company that strives for community feedback to better its phones. It even introduced a campaign last year to get suggestions on which features they should adopt on OxygenOS. It definitely took some time, but one of these suggestions, an FPS game counter, has finally made it to the OnePlus 8 series with OxygenOS Open Beta 9.