It looks as though the rollout to Android Pie is going better than previous years, because there are actually companies rolling out updates to the latest software rather than ignoring it for months and simply adding it to new devices. The latest company to launch an update to Android 9 is OnePlus, which is letting members of the OnePlus 6 open beta upgrade their handset.
Naturally this is now a stable release, and opting to upgrade to Android Pie means taking in all the risks of installing beta software. To the point where you can't really return to the stable version of OxygenOS without wiping your phone and all your data. That said, this version is going to be a lot more stable and complete than the beta versions of Android Pie that OnePlus has released since Google I/O. So it's up to you, really.
OnePlus has all the information and instructions you need over on the announcement blog, including how to return to the stable build of Android Oreo should you not be satisfid with your Pie experience. Here's the changelog for your perusal, so you know what to expect:
- Update system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
- Brand new UI for Android P
- New Android P gesture navigation
- Other new features and system improvements
- Integrated OnePlus customization features
- Supported accent color customization
- New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
- New Gaming Mode 3.0
- Added text notification mode
- Added notification for 3rd party calls
- Some applications may not function as expected when running on this beta version
- Google Pay service is not working
- Google Play Store might show "Device is not Certified by Google"
That last one is going to be a bit of a bitch if it happens to you. Not being certified by Google means your devices will essentially be treated as though it's rooted, and won't have the security clearance to do some things. Google Pay, for example, will be off limits.
Hopefully this means the stable release isn't far off, but OnePlus hasn't given us a timeframe for when we can expect it to roll out. So most of you will have to be patient. If you're not, well, you know what to do. [OnePlus via Android Police]