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Another update for the OnePlus 3 Android 7.0 Nougat is now live with the Open Beta 9 firmware. This build brings some critical bug fixes and performance enhancements, thus making the firmware more stable. The Open Beta 9 also incorporates the latest December 1, 2016, security patches. Some of the most sought after updates were the UI & DPI optimization and also Battery performance. The Beta 9 is still based on the Android v7.0 and not the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat that Samsung has already been working on.

The Open Beta 8 brought Oxygen OS 4.0 and was much appreciated by most of the OnePlus 3 users or its stability even though it was a Beta version. Strangely, the Beta 9 removed the Oxygen OS 4.0 brand that existed in the version 8.

Moreover, the Nougat OB 9 for the device isn’t compatible with the official TWRP recovery. Hence, you will need the stock OnePlus recovery for the upgrade to work. The official TWRP will throw an update failed error or recovery bootloop. However, there is a workaround to install/dirty flash the open Beta 9 over the Open Beta 8 via TWRP recovery.

If you are looking for a stable OS for OnePlus 3 then Oxygen OS 3.2.8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the best option for you. You may also like to see OnePlus 3T Oxygen OS 3.5.3 update.

OnePlus 3 Open Beta 9 Android 7.0 Nougat features

Highlights:

  • Added Expanded Screenshots
  • Shelf Design Optimizations
  • General UI Optimizations
  • DPI Optimizations
  • Battery Performance Optimizations
  • Stability and Performance Optimizations
  • General bug fixes

Report issues using the built in User Feedback app or by filling this form.

Download Open Beta 9 for OnePlus 3 – Nougat OTA and Full ROM

Here you will find the full ROM or simply the OTA update for the OnePlus 3’s next Open Beta version 9 still based on Android 7.0 Nougat. You may also like the official CyanogenMod 14.1 for OP 3 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Open Beta 9 Signed Full Firmware File (Full ROM zip file)

  • Open Beta 9 Full Firmware file→ Direct Download [Mirror] | File: OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_017_all_1612141448_c46e72f660ae4891.zip (1.3 GB)
  • Open Beta 8 Full Firmware file→ Download link

Open Beta 8 OTA update

  • OnePlus 3 Open Beta 8>Open Beta 9 OTA | File: OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_016-017_patch_1612141448_c46e72f660ae4891.zip (118M)

How to Install Open Beta 9 Nougat on OnePlus 3 via TWRP or stock recovery?

There are basically 2 methods to install the ROM. Both for rooted users with TWRP installed as well as non-rooted users with stock recovery. The methods are listed below and will direct you to the exact tutorial.

Stock recovery method: Update OnePlus 3 to Android 7.0 Nougat Open Beta 9 via stock recovery

Note: A simple method to get OTA notification on your OnePlus 3, if you haven’t already, for the Open Beta 9 is to use a VPN like Opera VPN and change the device location to US/Canada. Then go to Settings>System Updates> and scan. You will get a new update notification. Download and install.

You can use this method if you are coming from the official Oxygen OS 3.2.8 or the Open Beta 8 and on stock recovery, then download the OTA update and install it via stock recovery or ADB sideload method. For a full tutorial, check out the instructions from here.

Flashable Stock Recovery for OnePlus 3 → Download | Ignore if you already have stock recovery

TWRP recovery method: Update OnePlus 3 to Open Beta 9 via TWRP

Modified TWRP for Open Beta 9 on OnePlus 3

Use the following modified custom TWRP recovery to work with Open Beta 9. Flash normally.

  • Modified TWRP Recovery needed 3.0.2-1.28 → Download [Mirror] | File: twrp-3.0.2-1.28-oneplus3.img

Once you have the modified TWRP setup, proceed with the Open Beta 9 full ROM file and flash via modified TWRP version. Here is a short tutorial on TWRP usage. For more instructions visit: How to flash OTA update using TWRP?

  • Download the Open Beta 9 Full ROM zip from above.
  • Reboot into TWRP recovery.
  • Take a Nandroid backup.
  • You can either clean flash or proceed with a dirty flash on previous Beta 8.
  • Select and confirm installation.
  • Reboot to system.

If the system doesn’t boot, perform a factory reset or you can always restore back to original ROM via TWRP.

Root OnePlus 3 on the latest Open Beta 9 Android 7.0 Nougat ROM?

Simply flash the SuperSU v2.78 with SR5 recommended. Flash the SuperSU package listed below using TWRP.

Flash SuperSU  SR5 Recommended → SR5-SuperSU-v2.78-SR5-20161130091551.zip

If you are on unmodified OnePlus 3 then you can unlock the bootloader, root and install TWRP using the tutorial on how to root OnePlus 3. You can also like a newer tutorial: how to unlock the bootloader, root, and install TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3T.

Source: OnePlus downloads, XDA

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