OnePlus has made a name for itself for its steadfast mission to deliver flagship smartphones to customers with value pricing. The most recent example of this is the OnePlus 7 Pro, which offers Snapdragon 855 muscle and a notch-less display for hundreds less than the competition from Apple and Samsung.
One other “plus” of going with OnePlus has been the company's close relationship with Google in getting users quick access to Android updates -- that even extends to beta versions of Android Q (now officially called Android 10). OnePlus just announced today that its OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro smartphones are getting the Android 10 Developer Preview 5, which was released a few weeks ago as Android Q Beta 6.
You should be forewarned that this is still beta software, and OnePlus cautions that it is in "an early state of development". If you have no clue as to what you're doing when performing manual firmware updates, there's a good chance that you could end up bricking your device, so you've proceed at your own peril.
While Android 10 includes a new gesture system, OnePlus has included its own custom gesture with Android 10 Developer Preview 5. In addition to the full-screen gestures, OnePlus makes note of the following changes with this latest release:
- System functions improvement
- System stability improvement
- Based on Google Android 10 Beta6
- For DP4 users, you can upgrade via online OTA
- From DP5, you can upgrade system via OTA to Open Beta
If you are currently on the developer preview track, you can simply perform an over-the-air update to get to the latest update. If you are instead on the official "stable" track, you can perform the following steps to get on the developer preview track:
- Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package from the specified server. [OnePlus 7] [OnePlus 7 Pro]
- Copy the Rollback package to the phone storage.
- Go to Settings -> System -> System Updates -> Click top right icon -> Local upgrade -> Click on the corresponding installation package -> upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%.
- After the upgrade is complete, click Restart.
- The phone will boot into recovery mode to format user data, it will reboot again after formatting.
- Update successful.
Although the OnePlus 7 was not officially released in the United States, the OnePlus 7 Pro was, and we thought very highly of it in our hands-on review. However, we should note that OnePlus already has a OnePlus 7T Pro that is likely to launch before the close of 2019.