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After weeks of delay, OnePlus has finally announced the launch of the Android Pie OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T series.

It's more than a month since the OnePlus 6 series received new OxygenOS 9 series update and the OnePlus 5 and 5T series owners were getting tensed over the delay. But in November, the company allayed the fears by releasing China region-specific HydrogenOS and also confirmed that it would host the global OxygenOS beta testing programme for the former flagship phones before the end of November.

Though it failed to meet the deadline, it is finally live, bringing joy to OnePlus 5T, 5 series device users.

"We are very excited to announce that we are ready to roll out Open Beta builds based on Android 9.0 Pie for OnePlus 5 and 5T, thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the Pie," Manu J, Global Product Manager, OnePlus said in a statement.

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Besides the usual Android Pie features, OxygenOS 9 is said to bring personalised features including new navigation gestures, optimisation of apps for background process handling, extend Parallel app feature for Telegram and other prominent apps, improvements to Weather app and more.

Official Android Pie OxygenOS Changelog:

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Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9 open beta now available on OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5.OnePlus official forum (screen-grab)
  • System
    • Updated system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
    • Brand new UI for Android Pie
    • Brand new navigation gestures (this is only for 5T)
    • Updated Android security patch to 2018.11
    • Optimizations for background app process handling
  • Do Not Disturb mode
    • New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
  • Communication
    • UI Improvements for emergency rescue
    • Optimized UI for speed dial and calling interface
    • Now able to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM
  • Parallel Apps
    • Added support for more apps (Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, OLA) in parallel apps
  • Weather
    • Now able to switch dynamically to your current location
    • Display more suggestions when the search function is used
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the app from refreshing when the location is changed
    • Fixed an issue that resulted in some users being unable to find certain locations