During the software development stage, there are usually several processes involved. For example there’s an alpha build which is kind of like an early working concept of sorts, then a beta which can be closed or opened to the public where most of the bugs are worked out, but there’s still work to be done, then a stable release meant for the general public.
Unfortunately for some OnePlus 8 owners, it seems that the company has pushed out what has been labeled as a “stable” update, but upon installing the update, some users are seeing the entire devices getting wiped in the process. OnePlus claims that this is because the update was pushed through the Open Beta 3 channel which some users are on, and as a result, devices are getting wiped in the process.
In a sticky message posted on the forums:
“It seems like some users are reporting receiving the Stable update over the Open Beta 3, leading to a full data wipe. This information was already shared with the software team so it can be checked and addressed. Meanwhile, if you receive an update OTA, please double-confirm if it’s an Open Beta update. If it isn’t, please DO NOT install it.”
If you’re not on the Open Beta 3 channel, then you might not be getting this notice, but either way, it’s something to keep an eye out for in case you do receive it, and if you see it’s coming from the Open Beta 3 channel, then do not install it. In the meantime, the company has advised users to perform a full backup just to be safe so that in the event that something goes wrong, they’ll be able to easily restore their devices.
Source: Android Central