In a recent statement posted on its community forum, OnePlus has cautioned users about the potential instability and the likelihood of encountering bugs in the Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 beta version. The company has gone so far as to explicitly state that users who choose to install this update must acknowledge and accept the inherent risks associated with it.
In a recent development, OnePlus has initiated the distribution of the Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 beta to OnePlus 11 users located in India. However, it is important to note that this release is currently only available in open beta form. This implies that interested users must proactively enroll to participate in testing the new Android version. OnePlus has indicated that the stable version is scheduled to be officially unveiled on September 25. In the coming days, open beta access is expected to extend to more OnePlus devices, including the OnePlus Nord 3, which had been made accessible to select users through the closed beta program.
It is important to highlight that OnePlus has issued a cautionary message on its community forum regarding the unstable nature of the Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 beta version. Users are explicitly warned about the likelihood of encountering bugs, with OnePlus emphasizing that, “by installing this update, you accept the potential risks.” It should also be noted that the current open beta update is now being rolled out to users in North America as well.
In a bid to streamline the beta testing process, OnePlus has adopted a new approach for onboarding beta testers. The company is extending access to the Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 to a limited group of 5000 users. To apply, users are required to follow these steps: Navigate to Settings > About device > Tap ‘Up to date’ > Tap the icon on the top right > Select ‘Beta program’ > Follow the application steps. It is imperative that OnePlus 11 devices are updated to the detectable version, specifically CPH2447_184.108.40.2060(EX01) and CPH2447_220.127.116.111(EX01). Subsequently, OnePlus will review the applications and distribute the download package accordingly. After three days, users can proceed to Settings > About device > ‘Download Now’ to acquire the Android 14 package.
OnePlus underscores the importance of backing up data prior to enrolling in the Android 14 open beta version. Some of the known issues associated with this beta release encompass black screen problems, unresponsive gestures, and flashlight malfunctions from the Control Centre.
For users dissatisfied with the Android 14 open beta version, there is an option to revert to the previous version. This process involves downloading the rollback package, which is available on the OnePlus Community forum. Subsequently, users are required to navigate to Settings > About device > ‘Version’ > Click ‘Build number’ seven times and input the password to access developer mode. Following this, users can return to Settings > About device > ‘Up to date’ > Click the top right button > Select ‘Local install’ > Choose the corresponding rollback package > Extract > Upgrade > Allow the system upgrade to reach completion at 100 percent.
It is essential to note that the rollback process will result in data loss.
Android 14-based OxygenOS 14 introduces several noteworthy features. OnePlus has highlighted enhancements in photo and video-related permission management to enhance app security. Users can also anticipate improvements in system stability, app launch speed, and overall animation fluidity. Furthermore, the new version introduces Aquamorphic Design, characterized by a natural, gentle, and clearer color style, promising a more comfortable color experience.
Notable adjustments have also been made to the always-on display (AOD) feature. Additional details regarding these updates are expected to be unveiled on September 25.