While OnePlus 6T is receiving rave reviews and clocking sales all over, its predecessors, the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5 got their operating systems lifted to the Android Pie, version 9.0. This is inline with the commitment given by OnePlus at the time of their release that the OS will be upgraded.
Bringing in A Host of Changes to the Phones’ Features
The major highlight of this upgrade is that while the OnePlus 5T gets the gesture navigation with the buttons no longer available, both the variants receive the Gaming Mode 3.0 as well as a text notification feature. The navigation through gesture, however, won’t be added to the OnePlus 5 since its screen does not have the required aspect ratio of 18:9. If you are not familiar with what gesture navigation means, you have no on-screen navigation buttons. Instead, there will be a single button which you can move up to the center by the wave of your finger to see the recently closed apps and move the button till the top to get the full app drawer. This is unique to the Android ecosystem and must find favor with the users as it is made available in most of the large full-screen display phones. The general software and security updates accompanying the OTA update version is made available to both the variants.
Interestingly, OnePlus had made an announcement that its OnePlus 3 and 3T will also be included in the list of devices for an upgrade to the Android Pie OS. If that too comes through, it could surprise many since these phones were released more than 2 years back, in 2016.
Oxygen UI Too Gets the Upgrade
As you would have expected, OnePlus has pushed the Oxygen OS 9.0.0 to match with the latest stock Android OS and the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T phones get the update to this as well. This firmware is a huge file for download, as big as 1.7 GB. Obviously, you must follow the common advice that you should download these files only when your device is connected to Wi-Fi. Else, you may end up losing precious data.
Significantly, there will be the Google Lens integration with the cameras in the two OnePlus 5 variants. In addition, the phones will have the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature. This helps the user choose which among the apps he uses may be allowed to send notifications muting the other till the user manually brings it up.