Users in China can now install the Android Pie Open beta software on their Vivo Nex, Vivo X21, and other variants. Late last month, Vivo started rolling out the Android Pie beta to a close group of beta testers. This group consisted of about 5,000 users and that was the limit. Now, Vivo has pretty much lifted the limit and is allowing anyone with a supported phone to download and install the beta software.
The update is available only in China for now and can be installed on the Vivo Nex S, Nex A, X21, and X21 UD (screen fingerprint edition). If you’ve got any of these phones and want to try out Android 9.0 Pie, then you can head over to the source link and register yourself. The registration process is quite simple and requires you to download an APK and install it on your phone. Once the app is installed, you can find the details about registering for the beta program. Vivo is accepting registrations only till January 6.
After installing the new Android 9.0 Pie beta, your system will be upgraded to Funtouch OS 4.5. The update weighs around 2.71GB in size, so make sure you download it over a Wi-Fi connection.
The Funtouch OS 4.5 is based on Android Pie, which means that you get all the goodness of Google’s latest software, but also some extra features that Vivo has included. The UI is brand new and includes flatter elements, there’s the improved Jovi Smart Assistant, a new Wisdom Scene, Smart desktop, Gaming mode, and a lot more. It also includes improvements to the Scene recognition feature in the camera app.
Once the beta testing is done, hopefully by next week, Vivo will start to push a stable version of the software to all users. You will not need to sign up for the beta program as the update will be delivered over-the-air. However, if you cannot wait, then you should probably just try out the beta software. Remember, this is a beta software, which means that it could contain some bugs.