OnePlus 6 gets Android 9 Pie open beta w/ Assistant shortcut




Android 9 Pie has been available in open beta for the OnePlus 6 for the past couple of weeks, but this weekend the third build of that open beta is arriving with some new goodies in tow…


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OnePlus has just started rolling out Open Beta 3 of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 6 which adds on top of Android 9 Pie. This latest build, of course, includes some fixes for Android 9 Pie as we approach a final, stable build. OnePlus specifically notes in its changelog that this update improves stability on the fingerprint and face unlock security options, as well as fixing some issues with the ambient display.

Interestingly, this update also adds a new feature to the OnePlus 6. Starting with this update, users will be able to press the power button for 0.5 seconds to launch Google Assistant (or other third-party assistants). We’ve not seen an implementation like this on other devices, so it should be interesting to check this one out. OnePlus also notes that it has improved its Parallel Apps feature with support for more apps including Telegram and Discord.

The full changelog for open beta 3 is below, and all OnePlus 6 owners should be able to download it. If you’re already on a previous open beta build, the update should arrive as an OTA. If you’re still on a stable build, you’ll need to sideload the update, and OnePlus has instructions available for that process.

OnePlus 6 Open Beta 3 Changelog

System

  • Fixed stability issues with ambient display
  • Improved stability for face unlock and fingerprint scanner
  • Added support to launch google assistant or other third party assistant app by holding power button for 0.5 seconds

Parallel Apps

  • Added support for more apps (Telegram ,Discord,IMO, Uber, OLA) in parallel APPS

OnePlus Switch v2.1.0

  • Added manual connection method if unable to connect switch with QR code on the old device
  • Supported backup and recovery for application data including home screen, lock screen and APP layout
  • Bug fixes and support for more Android models

Known Issues

  • Some applications may not function as expected when running on this beta version
  • Google Pay service is not working

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