As we tip over to December we're still waiting for an official OTA update to Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3, but the most anxious among us can now be the first to see what OnePlus has done with Nougat by installing the latest Open Beta 8 software. Because of the big jump this latest beta will not arrive over the air for current Open Beta users — you'll have to manually apply this update.

OnePlus 3 gets its first beta Android 7.0 Nougat build

The quick changelog from OnePlus:

  • Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat
  • New Notifications Design
  • New Settings Menu Design
  • Multi-Window View
  • Notification Direct Reply
  • Custom DPI Support
  • Added Status Bar Icon Options
  • Added Quick Launch For 3rd Party Applications
  • Improved Shelf Customization

As is always the case with beta software — particularly the first release of a new platform version — we want to give the proper amount of caution here to let you know this will be unstable and potentially have issues. OnePlus notes that right off the bat Android Pay may not work properly, and there are general stability and performance problems.

You get the latest software, but be ready for potential bugs.

More importantly for some, you won't be able to simply downgrade back to Android Marshmallow if you're unhappy with this beta Nougat experience. The only way to go back to Marshmallow requires a special Open Beta build (available from OnePlus customer service) that will format your device, so proceed with caution here as it's a one-way street unless you want to lose your data.

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For those who are aware of the risks and willing to give Nougat a try on their OnePlus 3, head to the OnePlus forums and grab a download of the 1.3GB .zip file containing the new update. Hook up to your computer and use the "adb sideload" command to apply the update as you would any other update, or if you are already on an Open Beta build you can simply put the file on your phone and manually update through the system settings.

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