OnePlus may soon begin rolling out the Android Pie update for its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. The company has recruited testers for the next HydrogenOS update, which is based on Android Pie.
The OxygenOS update based on Android Pie, on the other hand, has reportedly hit a roadblock with Google CTS. This means owners of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T in markets outside China will need to wait slightly longer. Since the HydrogenOS update does not have to pass the CTS, OnePlus expects to begin rolling out the Android Pie-based update in China in the coming week.
As for the global update, it may take a week or two for the software team at OnePlus to clear the roadblock with the CTS. Once that is done, we can expect the official Pie-based OxygenOS update to begin rolling out for the two smartphones. Even if it takes slightly longer for the update to pass the CTS, you can still expect it to begin rolling out before the end of April. It should be noted that both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are currently running on Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0.8.
The OnePlus 3 was released in June 2016 with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS 3 out of the box. OnePlus 3T also debuted with the same version of Android five months later. OnePlus decided to skip Android Nougat and upgraded the two smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5 in November 2017. Since then, however, the company has only been rolling out minor software updates for the two models. In July last year, OnePlus revealed that the duo will jump straight to Android 9.0 Pie.
It is highly commendable that OnePlus has been providing consistent software support to the OnePlus 3 and 3T for close to three years now. Most Android OEMs provide software updates for their flagship smartphones for up to two years. However, Android Pie will likely be the end of the road for both smartphones.