OnePlus temporarily removes Android 12 Developer Preview links after users complain of unsuccessful set-up completion
Android 12 is official now! Well, sort of. At Google IO 2021, Google took the wraps off of its upcoming version of Android, Android 12.
The event went into detail on many of the features we should expect from the new version of Android including a redesigned permissions manager, a refined UI, and Google’s custom Android skin, Material You.
Along with that, we saw the release of the initial Developer Preview builds of Android 12 for a bunch of devices from various OEMs including OnePlus.
So the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will take part in the Android 12 Developer Preview and the initial announcement saw OnePlus releasing the respective builds for the two devices.
In true Beta build fashion, there’s a big problem with the Android 12 Developer Preview builds for the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro that makes it impossible for users to set up their units.
Do not install non-Google betas on your phones right now. My OP9 Pro is basically fucked, unable to setup and keeps bootlooping and my Mi 11 is bricked. Avoid these betas for now.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) May 18, 2021
Stuck at the wifi connecting page on the initial settings boot.
As a result, OnePlus has pulled the links to these firmware files and new users can not download them anymore, at least for now.
I’ve temporarily removed the download links based on the feedback from users in this thread. I’m sharing the feedback with the software team so they can look into it in the morning at HQ.
We shall continue to follow this and update as and when we get more info so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb. In the meantime, we wouldn’t advise that you update your device.
I mean, I know why you would want to update your OnePlus 9 to Android 12, you want to have a feel of the newly redesigned Material You.
Users that have somehow managed to install this Developer Preview build on their devices note that the new design isn’t baked into this build.
While still not officially confirmed, chances are that this Material You is a Pixel-exclusive custom Android skin, just like OxygenOS is OnePlus’.
For affected users, there’s still hope. Reports indicate that the bug is associated with Android’s built-in Factory Reset Protection FRP that can by bypassed with an unlocked bootloader and OEM Unlock toggled in Developer Settings.
Users stuck on Android 12 setup process can downgrade to Android 11-based OxygenOS 11, make the above-mentioned changes and proceed to reinstall Android 12 Developer Preview beta builds on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro devices.
Again, we shall continue to keep an eye on this so stay tuned.
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