Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

OnePlus 5 and 5T Will be Getting Faster Android Updates As Well

OnePlus 5 and 5T Will be Getting Faster Android Updates As Well

If you are running a stable build and would like to try a beta, be sure to follow the instructions on the OnePlus download page carefully.

Project Treble is a Google initiative which allows developers to deploy new software updates more quickly to supported devices.

Last year OnePlus claimed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T wouldn't be supporting Project Treble, which would inevitably mean there was more work (and more time) needed to update the phones to the upcoming Android P. There's good news, though, because the company seems to have changed its mind. Both the features have been added by the company with the latest Open Beta update. In August a year ago, Google engineers on an Android Developers Backstage podcast episode confirmed that they are working with OEMs to bring Project Treble to a mass level. The user interface of OnePlus' take on Android gets a few extra improvements and tweaks too.

Project Treble is essentially created to allow OEMs to easily update their device firmwares to the latest Android version, without being required to implementing any major changes. Apart from the OnePlus 5 and 5T, around 20 other smartphones including the Huawei P10/P10 Plus and LG's V30 have made the jump.

-Silicon manufacturers pass the modified new release to device makers - the companies that design and manufacture Android devices. This makes it easier for OEMs to push Android updates shortly after Google releases new software versions from its end.

In simple words, Project Treble eliminates the second step above by modifying the how software is delivered.

The Oxygen OS Open Beta updates for both devices are rolling out to adopters and include Project Treble support, an overhauled interface, and an upgraded app drawer. The Launcher has been improved, with better search tags in the app drawer, a "new installs" category, and more. The hidden app list and toolbox has also been improved. Otherwise users should clear all data and cache from recovery before flashing the latest build. Of course, since this is beta software, there will be a fair share of bugs - thus, it is not recommended to run these versions on your daily driver smartphone.

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