I’ve owned the OnePlus 6 for about a week now, and while I want to do a full review after some more time with mid-range heartthrob, I will say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the transition from the Samsung Galaxy S7 thus far.
And with yesterday’s announcement of Android Pie’s (Android 9) official release for not only Google Pixel devices, but the Essential Phone as well, the rush of the honeymoon phase had a bit of fuel thrown into the fire.
This news, in conjunction with OnePlus’s prompt participation in the Android P beta, are signs that we could be seeing the official release of Android Pie for the OnePlus 6 sooner rather than later.
The transition from one major Android OS to another has been made much easier relatively recently with the introduction of Project Treble.
Through a separation of the Android OS and vendor code (Qualcomm, etc.), it has been made possible to update to a new release like Android Pie without having to rework large portions of existing code.
Components within the process of communication between hardware, all the way up to Android in its purest form, have been implemented differently in order to make this happen. Things like hardware abstraction layers (HAL), HAL interface definition language (HIDL), and the Linux kernel are all involved in this new partitioning process.
But the gist of it is that Project Treble makes it much less of a headache for manufacturers like OnePlus to release new major versions of Android. This, in turn, also makes pushing new major updates and security patches much less costly as well.
If this is the type of thing that interests you I would highly recommend heading over to the official Android developer documentation page as well as Android Authority’s explanation of Project Treble.
OnePlus 6 and Behind
The reason to get hyped as a OnePlus 6 owner is because they have been fast with Android P beta updates up until this point. Project Treble gave way to a new era where manufacturers dove into Developer Preview with little hesitation.
It’s also very promising that the Essential Phone received the official Android Pie release day and date with Google’s Pixel lineup. And this might be reading into things, but Marques Brownlee, famous tech YouTuber, recently tweeted the following:
Guys. It’s official. It’s called Pie. Android Pie.
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) August 6, 2018
It could very well be nothing, but considering he’s had the official Android Pie release a few days before the public, there’s a granule of hope that he’s hinting at an update just around the corner for OnePlus 6 owners.
As a whole, OnePlus has been making all of the right moves when it comes to device support, recently unveiling that even the OnePlus 3 and 3T are in the running to receive Android Pie.
I’m still tinkering with my OnePlus 6, and in an all around stupor of contentment with the device, but I’m just as eager as anyone else to see what Android Pie has to offer. OxygenOS, while technically not stock Android, is one of the most lightweight manufacturer skins around, and OnePlus’s extra features almost always have use.
There’s no denying that having a phone that receives a major Android revision promptly is exciting in and of itself considering the winding and unending road of time Samsung takes with even flagship Galaxy phones.
All around, this is a great time to own a OnePlus 3/3T, 5/5T, or 6.