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OnePlus Allowing 3 and 3T Owners to Test Oreo Beta

Oct 16, 2017, 7:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has made OxygenOS Open Beta 25, based on Android 8 Oreo, available to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. Owners of these phones can, if they wish, download the beta build for pre-release testing. The beta includes core Android 8 Oreo features, such as the new Quick Settings design, auto-fill, smart text selection, PiP, and notification dots. Items specific to OxygenOS include new a OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus, as well as the ability to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers. OnePlus warns there are some bugs in the beta build, including slow downs with the fingerprint reader, stability issues with NFC and Bluetooth, and the loss of the camera shortcut to Google Photos. OxygenOS Open Beta 25 is free to download for those signed up with OnePlus' beta program. OnePlus says users will be able to downgrade to the Nougat-based version of OxygenOS if they find Open Beta 25 too unstable.

OnePlus Offers OxygenOS 4.5 to 3 and 3T Owners

Sep 26, 2017, 4:39 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 26, 2017, 4:39 PM

OnePlus recently made the OxygenOS 4.5 system update available to its 2016 OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. The platform puts the 3/3T on feature parity with the newer OnePlus 5 flagship the company released in June. Some of the new features for the 3/3T include a gaming do not disturb mode, network speed status bar, scheduled night mode, the Slate font, and redesigned Dash Charge animation. The system introduces stability and battery improvements, and includes the redesigned calling user interface, photo editor, file manager, and secure box. OxygenOS 4.5 is available to download from OnePlus for free.

OnePlus Tweaks Camera Software In Latest Update for the 5

Aug 30, 2017, 12:28 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has begun pushing a system update to the OnePlus 5 smartphone that should make improvements to the camera. OxygenOS 4.5.10 targets the camera by reducing photo noise, improving stability, and resolving noise and texture when recording 60fps video. The system update introduces several other features and fixes. For example, the phone app resolves an issue that allowed for accidental screen touches after ending a call. OnePlus says the software update also improves WiFi stability, resolves a SnapChat video issue, smoothes out scrolling in Play Music, and sharpens up a new font. OxygenOS 4.5.10 is being made available to a limited number of users to start, though OnePlus expects all users to see the update within a week.

OnePlus 5 Arrives In Soft Gold

Aug 7, 2017, 11:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today made a new soft gold version of the OnePlus 5 available via its web site. The gold model comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $479. Other than the color, the gold model has all the same specs and features as the black and gray models. OnePlus also said the gray version is now available with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $539. Previously only the black model was available with the higher memory / storage combination. The soft gold OnePlus 5 is available immediately from OnePlus' web site. Quantities are limited.

OnePlus Withdraws OxygenOS 4.5.7, Pushes 4.5.8 In Its Place

Aug 4, 2017, 11:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has cancelled the OxygenOS 4.5.7 system update it released earlier this week for the OnePlus 5 smartphone. According to user complaints, the system update caused problems within gaming applications. OnePlus yanked the update from its servers and created a new update that resolves the gaming issues. OnePlus is now pushing OxygenOS 4.5.8 to the OnePlus 5. It introduces all the same features and fixes of the previous update. The system upgrade is being offered to a small batch of users today and will reach all OnePlus 5 handsets over the next few days. OnePlus also made Open Beta 21/12 of OxygenOS available to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. The beta makes it possible to run some apps in parallel. It also updates the launcher with new folder icons, gesture support, and themes. Those who are active beta testers can download and install Open Beta 21/12 over the air.

Latest OxygenOS for OnePlus 5 Adds Features, Tackles Bugs

Aug 1, 2017, 10:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today began pushing OxygenOS 4.5.7 to the OnePlus 5 smartphone, introducing new features while also installing updates, optimizations, and bug fixes. Additions include an all-new font called OnePlus Slate. More importantly, 4K video capture gains access to electronic image stabilization. OxygenOS 4.5.7 updates the OnePlus 5 to the July 1 Android security patch and includes the latest GMS package. As for optimizations and bug fixes, the new operating system improves WiFi connectivity and standby battery performance, while resolving sound leaks in the speaker, shutter bug sound issues, and missing sound channels in recorded video. OnePlus says OxygenOS 4.5.7 will reach some OnePlus 5 owners beginning today, with more receiving the update in the days ahead.

OnePlus Says 8 GB Version of OnePlus 5 Available for Immediate Shipping

Jul 24, 2017, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jul 24, 2017, 10:28 AM

OnePlus today said the high-end variant of its OnePlus 5 smartphone is now more widely available to U.S. buyers. Specifically, the OnePlus 5 Midnight Black with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will now ship as soon as consumers place order. OnePlus initially launched this variant in limited supplies. This high-end model costs $539. The OnePlus 5 has a 5.5-inch full HD screen, Snapdragon 835 processor, dual cameras, 3,000mAh battery with rapid charging, and broad support for worldwide LTE bands. It ships with OxygenOS, which is based on Android 7 Nougat.

OnePlus Pushing 911 Reboot Fix to OnePlus 5

Jul 20, 2017, 7:25 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has created a patch for a bug that impacted the OnePlus 5 handset's ability to call 911. Some OnePlus 5 owners reported that calling 911 forced their handset to reboot, thus ending the in-progress 911 call. This has obvious safety implications. OnePlus worked directly with those impacted by the issue to develop a software fix to resolve the problem. "We have begun rolling out the software update. Timing may vary by region. We encourage OnePlus 5 users to download the update. If users haven't received a notification, check for the update by going to 'Settings' > 'System Updates'," said the company in a post to user forums. The OnePlus 5, the company's flagship handset, has been on sale since last month.

OnePlus 5 Picks Up Another Bug-Fixing Update

Jun 28, 2017, 11:42 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has sent another build of OxygenOS to the OnePlus 5. Version 4.5.3 takes aim at correcting several bugs, such as those impacting screenshot behavior, WiFi, and Google Translate. The minor update also tackles system stability, camera effects and stability, the camera's auto-brightness tool, and data accuracy. The 54MB update to OxygenOS is free to download and install. The OnePlus 5 is the company's new flagship handset. It went on sale earlier this week. It's available online starting at $479.

OnePlus 5 Earns Its First Software Update

Jun 26, 2017, 7:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus pushed a small bug-fixing update to the OnePlus 5 over the weekend. According to the change log, the improved software resolves app installation and system update failures. It also makes optimizations to camera, Bluetooth, network, and system performance while improving compatibility with third-party apps. The update weighs in at just 36MB and can be downloaded and installed over the air.

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OnePlus Reveals the OnePlus 5 with Dual Cameras

Jun 20, 2017, 11:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 20, 2017, 11:44 AM

OnePlus today revealed its 2017 flagship handset, the OnePlus 5. The company has long offered high-end Android phones at affordable prices. The OnePlus 5 is the company's most advanced smartphone yet and it still manages to be affordable. The OnePlus 5 boasts a metal unibody design with a slim and rounded profile. The phone carries over the popular alert slider from earlier OnePlus phones and measures 7.25mm thick. Other hardware features include USB-C, a front-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dual-camera array on the back. The two Sony camera sensors are 20- and 16-megapixels with apertures of f/2.6 and f/1.7, respectively. The 20MP sensor offers telephoto zooming while the 16MP sensor is better at low-light capture. OnePlus says it uses both lenses and sensors to help sharpen focus for all photos. The phone's optic AMOLED display measures 5.5 inches across the diagonal with full HD resolution. OnePlus picked Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor and the handset comes in two memory configurations: 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage, and 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage. Other specs include a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Cat 12 LTE with 3x carrier aggregation and support for 34 worldwide LTE bands. The phone relies on Android 7 Nougat as a base with OnePlus' user interface, which it calls OxygenOS, on top. Some of the features include App Priority, for personal app selection, and reduced latency for quicker input. It also packs Ambient Mode, which relies in sensors to adjust the backlight for eye comfort. The OnePlus 5 comes in black or gray and will cost $479/$539 when it goes on sale June 27. OnePlus says preorders open today.

OnePlus Provides Sneak Peek of OnePlus 5

Jun 8, 2017, 11:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 8, 2017, 11:09 AM

OnePlus today very nearly revealed its new flagship phone in full through its Twitter feed. The company posted a picture of the forthcoming phone with the caption, "Dual Camera. Clearer Photos." The company has already said the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor. Based on the image that now adorns the top of OnePlus' twitter account, the design of the OnePlus 5 is similar to that of the iPhone 7. OnePlus is prepared to announce the phone on June 20.

OnePlus 3 and 3T Earn Android 7.1.1 Update

Jun 8, 2017, 7:53 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus said owners of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets should expect to receive OxygenOS 4.1.5 over the days ahead. OxygenOS 4.1.5 primarily updates both handsets to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but it also delivers a range of bug fixes and performance improvements. For example, it installs the May Android security patch, updates network settings for select carriers, fixes an Android Auto connection issue, and resolves a storage problem. OnePlus said it made optimizations to battery performance, as well as to WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, the camera, and screenshot tool. OxygenOS 4.1.5 can be manually triggered via the settings menu, but will eventually reach the OnePlus 3 and 3T through an over-the-air update.

OnePlus Rolls Out New OxygenOS Betas for 3 and 3T

Jun 2, 2017, 10:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has made fresh beta builds of its OxygenOS available to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets. According to OnePlus, the new operating system includes a number of fixes. For example, it updates the security patch of both phones to May 2017. The betas introduce new versions of OnePlus' ambient display, gallery, recorder, weather, and file manager apps. The contact app now supports dual numbers and dual email addresses, automatically inserts the proper country codes when roaming, and refines the process for importing contacts from SIM cards. OnePlus says third-party apps should open quicker once with the new version of OxygenOS is installed. These betas must be installed manually and are not meant for everyday use.

OnePlus Says OnePlus 3 and 3T to Get Android O

Jun 1, 2017, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus, said via his Twitter account that the company's top two phones will receive Android O. "A lot of you have been asking, so I'm proud to say Android O will come to OnePlus 3 and 3T," noted Lau. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are the firm's flagship handsets from last year. OnePlus was fairly aggressive at updating the phones from Android 6 Marshmallow to Android 7 Nougat once Google released the newer operating system. Google itself has not indicated when Android O will be released in final form other than to say "this summer." Owners of the OnePlus 3 and 3T should not expect to see the new operating system before late August or early September. OnePlus recently discontinued the 3T as it makes way for its 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus Signals 'Last Call' for 3T Ahead of OnePlus 5 Debut

May 25, 2017, 3:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today took to its blog to say the OnePlus 3T has reached the end of its production run. The phone is still on sale, but will only be available until current stock runs dry. After that, the phone will no longer be sold by OnePlus or its partners. The company plans to support the phone via software updates for some time, though it didn't specify for how long. The company is making way for its 2017 flagship, to be called the OnePlus 5. So far, we know that the OnePlus 5 will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, and that OnePlus is working with DxO to ensure the phone has the best possible camera. OnePlus hasn't said exactly when it will announce the OnePlus 5, but it is expected to arrive during the summer months.

DxO Working with OnePlus to Improve Its Camera Tech

May 18, 2017, 6:48 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

DxO and OnePlus today said they're developing the camera of the OnePlus 5 smartphone together. OnePlus has indicated that the OnePlus 5, which will be the successor to last year's OnePlus 3T flagship, will arrive in the months ahead. OnePlus hasn't shared any real details about the phone, such as the screen size, processor, or camera resolution. OnePlus doesn't have a carrier distribution deal in the U.S., but it does sell its phones directly to consumers online.

OnePlus Offering Android 7.1.1 Beta to OnePlus 3 and 3T

Mar 3, 2017, 8:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has made a new test build of its OxygenOS platform available to its premiere smartphones. The open beta for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T primarily boost the core platform from Android 7.1 to Android 7.1.1, though other improvements are afoot. The photo gallery earns a significant number of new options. For example, the photo editor allows people to add a watermark and now provides a photo straightening tool. The gallery also makes it easier to see the latest photos and videos, which are highlighted, as well as more clearly sort by location. Photos and videos may also be grouped by month or by year, and users can hide individual folders, photos, and videos if they so wish. OxygenOS Open Beta 12 is available to side load for free. It is posted on OnePlus' web site.

OnePlus 3 and 3T Receiving Maintenance Update

Feb 10, 2017, 12:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus is pushing out a minor system update to both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. OxygenOS 4.0.3 chiefly resolves some bugs, but does manage to add a few new features. For example, the phones gain a toggle for switching on WiFi IPv6, as well as the Amazon Prime app in some regions. OnePlus says OxygenOS 4.0.3 improves the the way both phones transition from poor WiFi to LTE data when the hotspot connection drops. Other fixes include increased stability and optimized night time photos in the camera; updated audio parameters and cleaner audio recordings; and updated APNs for select global carriers. OnePlus says the update will roll out in waves over the next few weeks.

OnePlus Says Android 7 Nougat Headed to 3 and 3T

Dec 31, 2016, 3:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today began to distribute OxygenOS 4.0 to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. OxygenOS 4.0 is based on Android 7 Nougat and includes revised notifications and settings menu designs; support for multi-window view; notification direct replies; expanded Shelf customization tools; and more options for the status bar icon. In a forum post, OnePlus thanked beta testers and said their feedback led to improvements in performance across the OS. OxygenOS 4.0 will be made available to a small number of users today, with a broader rollout planned for the next few days.

OnePlus Delivers Updates to 3 and 3T

Dec 15, 2016, 8:27 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has published new builds of OxygenOS for its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. OnePlus 3 owners who've signed up as beta testers can now access OxygenOS Open Beta 9. This beta is based on Android 7 Nougat. OnePlus says the beta expands screenshots, optimizes shelf design and other UI elements, and stabilizes battery and system performance. Beta testers who've already installed previous builds of the beta will be able to download Open Beta 9 over the air. Otherwise, the beta needs to be sideloaded from a PC. OxygenOS 3.5.4 for the OnePlus 3T is a bug-fixing update and does not include Nougat. For example, the update improves performance on T-Mobile's network. It also reduces lag when the battery is below 5%, restores GPS and auto-rotate behaviors when battery saver mode is turned off, resolves a camera bug, and increases stability system wide. The update is available as an over-the-air download.

OnePlus 3 Granted Android 7 Nougat Beta

Nov 30, 2016, 3:24 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today made OxygenOS Open Beta 8 available to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. This new platform shifts from Marshmallow to Nougat and introduces a significant number of user interface changes. For example, the beta build refreshes the design of the notifications and setting menus. It also adds multi-window view, notification direct reply, status bar icon options, and quick launch for third-party applications. OnePlus says there are some known issues in the Nougat beta, which breaks Android Pay and introduces some stability and performance problems. OnePlus warns that the beta cannot be installed over-the-air and will instead need to be side loaded manually. Moreover, beta testers will not easily be able to return to earlier versions of Android/OxygenOS without reformatting their device. OnePlus said it is working to create a single software build for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T based on Nougat. It expects to do that by the end of the year. Until then, the 3 and 3T will be updated separately. The company recently updated both handsets. The 3T, for example, was updated to OxygenOS 3.5.3 while the 3 was updated to OxygenOS 3.2.8. Both of these system builds are incremental updates that focus mainly on resolving bugs and performance issues. They are rolling out slowly as over-the-air installations.

OnePlus 3T Improves Upon Flagship's Already-Good Specs

Nov 15, 2016, 1:59 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today announced a refreshed version of its flagship smartphone. The new device is called the OnePlus 3T. The 3T features the same unibody aluminum design, 5.5-inch full HD screen, and 16-megapixel camera of the original. The graphite model has been swapped for a darker gunmetal color, though the soft gold color is still available. The selfie camera has a new 16-megapixel sensor and the 3T improves the upon the original's processor by jumping to the Snapdragon 821 with 6 GB of RAM. The battery is bigger, too, leaping from 3,000mAh to 3,400mAh. The 3T ships with 64 GB of storage, but a new 128 GB variant has been added to the lineup, as well. The OnePlus 3T runs OxygenOS and hits stores November 22. The price is $40 more than the original's at $439.

OnePlus Says the OnePlus 3 Won't Require Invites

Jun 1, 2016, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus is on the verge of announcing the OnePlus 3, its third-generation smartphone. The company plans to reveal the phone in full during a virtual event scheduled for June 14. OnePlus says the phone will be shown in a virtual reality space called The Loop (app download required). Consumers interested in the OnePlus 3 will be able to buy it directly from OnePlus on the day of its announcement — no invitations required. OnePlus has long relied on invitations to manage supply and demand. The company said it is confident it can meet demand for the OnePlus 3 without invitations. The June 14 event starts at 12:30pm Eastern Time, with online sales at following at 3:00pm. OnePlus didn't provide any details about the phone itself.

OnePlus X No Longer Requires An Invite to Purchase

Jan 28, 2016, 8:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today made the OnePlus X available on its web site, no invitation required. OnePlus traditionally uses an invite system to manage supply and demand when it first launches handsets. It appears that OnePlus has reached balance with the OnePlus X handset so it no longer needs to mange supply through the invitation process. OnePlus has also put some accessories on sale for 20% off, but said it has to up the price of its Power Bank from $14.99 to $19.00 due to increases in manufacturing costs.

OnePlus Drops 16GB Variant of the OnePlus 2

Jan 22, 2016, 12:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has ceased offering the 16GB version of its OnePlus 2 smartphone in the U.S. and the U.K. "According to feedback we have seen much greater interest in the 64GB version of the OnePlus 2 in North America and Europe, so we have removed the 16GB version from those store pages as of this week," said the company in a statement. The 64GB model costs $389. OnePlus said it will continue to sell the $329 16GB model in other markets.

OnePlus Drops Invitations for OnePlus 2

Dec 3, 2015, 11:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today said consumers can purchase the OnePlus 2 handset anytime with no invite required. OnePlus has used invitations as a way to manage supply and demand. The company has scaled manufacturing of the OnePlus 2 to meet current demand, so it is available invite-free moving forward. OnePlus will drop the invite requirement for its new OnePlus X handset, too, though only as a holiday promotion from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7. The company is also offering discounts on a handful of its accessories during those same days. The OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X are available from the OnePlus web site.

OnePlus X to Reach US November 19 for $249

Oct 29, 2015, 7:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 29, 2015, 7:37 AM

OnePlus today announced its third handset, the OnePlus X. The X is a stylish and yet affordable handset that runs OnePlus' OxygenOS platform (modified Android 5.1). The X is formed by a metal frame and two glass panels, and OnePlus plans to offer a limited ceramic variant in select markets later in the year. The X features a 5-inch full HD screen and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and features a 0.2-second focus speed. The front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and Beauty Mode for improved selfies. The phone will be sold in two main radio variants, including a U.S.-specific version with support for LTE Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8, but not Bands 12 and 17 (700MHz). The phone goes on sale worldwide Nov. 5, and the U.S. version will follow on Nov. 19. The OnePlus X costs $249 and is sold unlocked. Consumers who want to buy a OnePlus X will need to request an invite. Invites are required to place orders. OnePlus did not say when the OnePlus X will actually ship.

Unannounced OnePlus Handset Revealed by FCC

Oct 9, 2015, 10:57 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The FCC today revealed an unannounced smartphone from OnePlus. The model number listed by the FCC is One E1005. The device differs in design from the OnePlus One and OnePlus Two handsets in that it has round top and bottom edges and an off-set camera on the back. It resembles an iPhone to a certain degree, based on images included in the FCC documents. The FCC indicates the One E1005 has a 1.9GHz processor and support for LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and FM radios. OnePlus handsets generally run Oxygen OS, a forked version of Android Lollipop. The FCC documents don't confirm what platform the E1005 runs. OnePlus has scheduled a media event for Oct. 12 in India, and it's possible the One E1005 will be announced at during that event.

OnePlus Says OnePlus 2 Shipments to US Delayed

Aug 11, 2015, 7:20 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus took to its forums recently to warn potential U.S. buyers that its new handset will not ship to North America until two to three weeks after the phone ships to Europe. OnePlus blamed the shipping change on production schedules, but said people who have received an invite will still be able to purchase the phone from beginning today. The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, and a laser-assisted 13-megapixel camera. The handset has swappable rear covers, including some made from bamboo, black apricot, kevlar, and rosewood. The OnePlus 2 runs OnePlus' version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, which it calls Oxygen OS. It costs $389.

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