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OnePlus 6 OxygenOS Closed Beta Program now open to software developersIBTimes India/Sami Khan

Popular smartphone-maker OnePlus has just opened the 'Closed Beta Program' inviting fans and professional software developers to be part of the elite OxygenOS testing team.

"Closed Beta program is an opportunity for us to listen to your feedback and refine or revise our product strategy based on that. It also helps us to find major bugs at an early stage and release more stable Open Beta and MP (official) builds," the OnePlus community admin said on the official blog.

OnePlus is handling the beta programme through three individual streams of builds that run concurrently -- Closed Beta, Open Beta, and the MP (official) build.

For those unaware, the Closed Beta Group will have the privilege of having a direct communication line with the OnePlus staff. This group consists of an elite crew of OnePlus community members and needs absolute secrecy, as testers will often get builds and features weeks or even months before they are released to the public.

Considering the fact the testers gain access to the company's unreleased proprietary software and tools, tests are required to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with OnePlus. This time OnePlus is picking 100 software testers for the Closed Beta Group.

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The Closed Beta Group will have the privilege of having a direct communication line with the OnePlus staffOnePlus Forum (screen-grab)

Prerequisites to become eligible for OnePlus Closed Beta Programme:

  • Use a OnePlus 6.
  • Be an active member of the OnePlus Community.
  • Be willing to constantly communicate and provide feedback to the OnePlus team on Slack.

If you meet all the requirements, you can go ahead apply for the OnePlus Closed Beta Program (here).

Once the person meets the aforementioned criteria, the company will screen him or her for their proficiency in software skills and only then they will be selected. They should also aware that the programme will require flashing builds very often and sometimes a clean flash is needed, which will cause data loss.

This also means OnePlus Closed Beta Group members will get the first experience of Android Pie on their OnePlus 6. They will be required to share their feedback and weed out any bugs in the new OxygenOS (most probably v6.0).

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