OnePlus 2’s Marshmallow beta now open to all

OnePlus 2 gets Marshmallow. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

OnePlus 2 gets Marshmallow. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The OnePlus 2’s OxygenOS 3.0 beta, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, is now open to all following a limited soak test that kicked off two weeks ago.

Users can download the ROM now for manual flashing —¬†and it’s already being described as “daily-driver-material” by OnePlus.

OxygenOS 3.0 is the first Marshmallow-based update for the OnePlus 2, so it’s a big one. Not only does it pack all the things you would expect from Marshmallow — like Doze and Google Now on Tap — but there are lots of other improvements and changes, too.

Those include:

  • New OnePlus Camera UI
    • UI has been cleaned up: swiping up/down now switches between photo/video, whereas HD/HDR and flash settings live in the top right corner
    • You can now change the aspect ratio and toggle grid view without going all the way to the settings
  • New wallpaper picker
    • Easily preview and set both home screen and lock screen wallpaper in one place.
  • Shelf UX has been improved
    • No more edit mode, long press boards to rearrange or remove
  • General system performance improvements
    • Benchmarked 47% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on key test scenarios
  • Fingerprint performance improvement
    • Tested 45% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on average
  • Settings changes
    • Old app permissions are gone, say hi to new (native Android) app permissions.
    • Alert Slider has its own entry point with more customization options
    • Improved settings menu readability by changing the order a bit
  • March security patches

Pretty exciting, right? But before you rush off to flash it, remember this is still a beta. Although OnePlus describes it as “daily-driver-material,” it still contains bugs. Some testers have reported Wi-Fi speed issues, and there will be plenty of other glitches, too.

You should also know that fingerprints won’t transfer to OxygenOS 3.0 when you upgrade so you’ll have to set them up again, and Maxxaudio presets will be removed. You won’t be able to roll back to previous OxygenOS release without wiping your data, either.

The good news is, if none of that bothers you, you can “dirty flash” OxygenOS 3.0 and upgrade from OxygenOS 2.2.0 or higher without wiping any of your data and starting from scratch — assuming you’re not using a third-party recovery.

To download the ROM and for more information, follow the source link below.