Well, that didn't take long. Just two days after its third beta release, a stable version of OxygenOS 11 is ready for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. It's been a long road for both of these devices — Android 11 is nearly a year old — but if you've been holding your breath for an update, you can finally exhale.
You can't accuse OnePlus of not making up for lost time. While its 2018 flagships have been lingering on Android 10, the long-awaited OxygenOS 11 beta program seems to be progressing at a rapid pace. Less than two weeks after its second release, the OnePlus 6 and 6T are getting their third beta, complete with some critical bug fixes as a stable version comes closer to being finalized.
It seems like only yesterday that OnePlus's 2018 flagships got their very first OxygenOS 11 open betas, but it's actually been three whole weeks. If you've spent that time counting down the days waiting for a second beta, you're in luck. OnePlus has returned with an all-new revision to its software, alongside a couple of essential bug fixes for testers.
We're quickly approaching Android 12's official launch, but some phones are still in line for last year's software. OnePlus has focused on updating its more recent devices to Android 11, but it's finally turned its attention to its 2018 flagships. If you're tired of waiting for a stable update, the first OxygenOS 11 open beta is now available for the OnePlus 6 and 6T.
We've all had a phone reach a premature death, running out of software updates well before the device is actually too slow to be used. Thankfully, the custom ROM community helps keep your old gadgets alive, and there's no better ROM out right now than LineageOS. The open-source project brought Android 11 to nearly 60 phones earlier this month, and two more are about to be added to the list. The OnePlus 6 and 6T have picked up Android 11 courtesy of LineageOS, with nightly builds for both now available.
OnePlus isn't the nimble startup it used to be, and its update policy has taken a turn for the worse in the last couple of years, especially for phones that aren't the latest flagships anymore. After months of radio silence, the company has finally confirmed when Android 11 will hit the OnePlus 6 and the 6T — but it's further out than you'd hope.
OnePlus is rather slow when it comes to software updates as soon as one of its phones isn't the flagship anymore, and that shows when you look at the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The phones still haven't received Android 11 about half a year after Google first launched it. Sadly, that isn't changing with the latest software update, either. It comes in the form of OxygenOS 10.3.10 and doesn't bring a lot to the table.
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.