Google released Android 11 Beta 2 earlier this month, leaving only one more beta to go before a stable release on September 8th. Beta 2 is considered the “Platform Stability” release, meaning the Android 11 SDK, NDK APIs, app-facing surfaces, platform behaviors, as well as restrictions on non-SDK interfaces have been finalized. While you could always try out Android 11 GSIs on other non-Pixel devices, OEMs themselves have been supplying official Android 11 builds starting from Beta 1. After Android 11 Beta 1, OnePlus has now released Android 11 Beta 2 builds for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
Like the previous release, this Android 11 Beta 2 build comes with OxygenOS on top. While you do get the familiar interface on your phone, note that not all OxygenOS may have been migrated over perfectly, or at all, just yet. These builds are intended for developers and advanced users only, so do not expect everything to work flawlessly on this release. If you use the OnePlus 8 series phone as your daily driver, we advise sticking to the stable release channel and not flashing these builds. Further, note that these builds are not compatible with Verizon and T-Mobile variants. And as a standard disclaimer, backup everything before you proceed as the update and downgrade processes will wipe everything on your device.
These Android 11 Beta 2 builds come with the following known issues:
- All data will be cleared while flashing the build
- Certain UI screens look less than desirable
- Some camera functions are not available
- Some apps may not function as expected
- System stability issues
OnePlus is referring to these builds as “Developer Preview 2” builds to avoid confusion with the nomenclature used in its internal testing channels, but these builds are indeed based on Android 11 “Beta 2” as released by Google, and not Android 11 “Developer Preview 2” as released by Google.
Download Links: Android 11 Beta 2 for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
You can download Android 11 Beta 2 for the devices from the links below:
To install, simply download the relevant package for your phone from the link above to your phone. Go to Settings > System > System Updates, and then click on the top-right icon and select Local Upgrade option. From there, select the update package that you have downloaded and proceed. The update should successfully flash on your device.
To downgrade back to the Android 10 stable release channel, download the relevant downgrade package for your phone and follow the same set of instructions as mentioned above, but with the downgrade package.
Downgrade package download links: