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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 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.


5 Best Unlocked Smartphones

Feb 14, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Unlocked smartphones let you use your device on the carrier of your choice, whether at home or travelling overseas. Though unlocked phones tend to be pricey, you can't really put a price on the freedom they offer. Here are our picks for the five best flagship-class unlocked phones available right now.

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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 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.


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