OnePlus revises OxygenOS Open Beta schedule to one update per month
OnePlus has maintained its OxygenOS Open Beta Program for several years now as a way for power users to try out bleeding-edge features ahead of a bi-monthly stable release. The company recently ended Open Betas for the OnePlus 6 and 6T and currently maintains the beta program for the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro, with support likely to extend to this year’s OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. According to OnePlus, the Closed Beta program is available only to a handful of private testers and rolls out once a week while the Open Beta program is available for anyone and rolls out twice a month. Today, OnePlus announced a revision to the frequency of OxygenOS Open Beta update rollouts.
OnePlus is reducing the frequency of Open Beta updates to 1 update per month instead of 2 updates per month. This means that Open Beta releases will align more closely with the stable releases that are pushed out every 1-2 months. OnePlus says the reason for this schedule adjustment is so they can improve the stability of Open Beta releases—with fewer updates to take care of, updates won’t be as rushed. (Notably, OnePlus has also adjusted the Closed Beta release schedule from 4 updates per month to 2 updates per month.)
A lot of people use beta releases even though OnePlus has warned that users may face some stability issues, so going forward, users can hopefully enjoy the latest OxygenOS features in Open Beta releases without dealing with major bugs. We’ve seen OnePlus roll out, halt, and then re-roll out updates multiple times in the past, so this move may cut down on how many times they have to do that.
We should see how this decision actually affects the stability of Open Beta updates in a few months’ time, as OnePlus is undoubtedly preparing for the release of Android 11 later this year.