Google is launching Android 11 today, having completed the beta period. The new OS will begin rolling out today on select Pixel and OnePlus phones, with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months. Key features of Android 11 include:
- New treatment for "conversation"-related notifications from messaging apps, including a dedicated area in the Notifications shade, and Bubbles, which lets you briefly view a conversation thread as a pop-up overlay, without leaving the app you're in.
- Privacy improvements, including the ability to grant apps one-time access to sensitive permissions, an "auto-reset" of permissions for apps that haven't been used in a while, and an extra steps required to enable background access to location. Google will also start requiring that developers obtain explicit permission from Google before their app is allowed to ask for background access to location.
- A revamped screen when the lock button is pressed provides quick access to smart-home device controls.
- Support for digital IDs, including digital driver's licenses.
- Support for wireless Android Auto on all phones.
- New media controls that make it easier to switch output device.
- New screenshot tools, including built-in screen recording on all phones. On Pixel phones, Android 11 brings a new feature when taking a screenshot that lets you easily copy an image or text to the clipboard instead.
- For phones linked to a company network, the personal/work Profiles features has several improvements. New Personal/Work tabs have been added to several places including the Share pop-up sheet. A new API available to apps will allow certain apps to present both work and personal data together, while protecting both company data and employee privacy. Google Calendar will support this feature, and third-party apps will be able to support it as well.
- New APIs allowing apps to better support new display technologies, including "waterfall" displays that wrap around the side, and variable refresh rates.
Verizon has added the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro to the list of unlocked devices it has tested and certified to run on its network. This enables activation of these unlocked phones on Verizon, including all network features.
T-Mobile has successfully tested a variety of 5G SA (stand-alone) technologies on a production network, using hardware from multiple vendors on both the network and device ends. The successful tests pave the way for T-Mobile to launch 5G SA later this year. In a world first, T-Mobile used a commercial 5G smartphone from OnePlus to test a low-band 5G SA data session, a VoNR voice call, and a ViNR video call, all on a production network. In another first, T-Mobile successfully tested 5G SA data between commercial modems from different vendors: MediaTek and Qualcomm. The 5G SA production network uses technology from Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, and Qualcomm. Current 5G networks are NSA (non-stand-alone), which means they rely heavily on existing 4G networks. Currently, 5G phones connect primarily to 4G networks; data sessions that happen over 5G are orchestrated over 4G. 5G SA removes the dependence on 4G networks, marking the next step in the evolution of 5G. It will also enable lower latency and faster data speeds. VoNR will eventually allow voice calls over 5G networks, removing the last dependence on 4G. But first, an intermediate technology called "Evolved Packet System (EPS) fallback to VoLTE" will allow 5G SA to launch before VoNR is ready. It allows 5G phones to connect primarily to a 5G SA network, but fall back to 4G for voice calls. T-Mobile has successfully tested this technology with a MediaTek chipset. T-Mobile has also tested ViNR, the video-calling technology built into the 5G standard.
OnePlus has revealed its new lineup for 2020 — the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — both of which have 5G. They also manage to pack larger batteries into slightly thinner bodies compared to their predecessors. Both are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and support sub-6 GHz 5G. A special version of the OnePlus 8 for Verizon will also support mmWave 5G. Otherwise, the OnePlus 8 differs little from the OnePlus 7T, except it's very slightly smaller, and it loses the 12 megapixel telephoto camera, replacing it with a 2 megapixel macro camera. The larger OnePlus 8 Pro combines the best of the OnePlus 8 and last year's 7T Pro, including a larger QHD display and 3x telephoto camera. But it also adds a long list of new features, such as 120 Hz screen refresh, super-fast (30W) wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, IP68 water and dust rating, faster (LPDDR5) RAM, 48-megapixel sensors in both the main camera and the 120º wide-angle camera, a unique "color filter camera", a dedicated flicker sensor for challenging indoor lighting, and video HDR. The 8 Pro also includes MEMC, a form of motion smoothing that upsamples 24fps video content for the phone's 120 Hz display, and HDR Boost, which enhances non-HDR content for the phone's HDR10+ display. The new OnePlus camera app in the 8 and 8 Pro is designed to recognize and automatically focus on dog and cat faces in addition to human faces. Both models use OLED displays with a corner hole-punch design. They also include NFC, Wi-Fi 6, Amazon Alexa, and OnePlus' signature three-position sliding ringer switch. Both models support 5G in bands 2, 5, 41, 66, and 71, for full support of all US sub-6 5G networks in the near future. They also support all current US bands for 4G networks, except band 14 for AT&T's FirstNet. Both models will be available unlocked April 29th from Amazon and direct from OnePlus.com. The OnePlus 8 starts at $699 for the version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, which only comes in Glacial Green. $799 gets you 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, but that version only comes in "Interstellar Glow" (shown). Both T-Mobile and Verizon will also offer the OnePlus 8 starting April 29th. T-Mobile will offer it in Interstellar Glow and Onyx Black. Verizon's version will also support mmWave 5G. It runs $800 and will come in Polar Silver and Onyx Black. The OnePlus 8 Pro will only be available unlocked for now. It starts at $899 for 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, available in frosted-glass Glacial Green or Onyx Black. The 12/256 GB version runs $999 and comes in Ultramarine Blue (shown), Glacial Green, or Onyx Black.
A quick look at the new concept phone from OnePlus, including its unique electro-chromatic technology that seamlessly hides the cameras when not in use. Read on for technical details, video of the Invisible camera in action, hands-on photos, and impressions.
T-Mobile has announced December 6th as the launch date for its low-band 5G network, which will use band 71 (600 MHz). The nationwide network will cover more than 200 million Americans and more than 5,000 cities and towns across the country. Unlike mmWave 5G networks that have limited coverage and building penetration, T-Mobile's low-band 5G network uses a frequency band already used for 4G, and will thus offer the same coverage and properties as the 4G network. Sprint is pursuing a similar strategy with its 5G network, and AT&T plans to add low-band to its 5G network in the coming months. T-Mobile has also launched mmWave 5G in parts of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. T-Mobile will offer three 5G phones. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G only supports the mmWave networks. The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren only support the new low-band network launching Dec. 6.
OnePlus announced the OnePlus 7T Pro two weeks ago, saying that the phone would not come to the US. That was half true. The 5G version of the phone will come to T-Mobile later this year, and it will be the special McLaren limited edition of the phone. The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is the second 5G phone to be announced by T-Mobile, after the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. The new OnePlus will support sub-6 GHz 5G, specifically in band 71, T-Mobile's low-band 600 MHz spectrum that reaches farther than most other frequency bands. The OnePlus 7T Pro is based on the 7 Pro, with updated specs to match and best the newer 7T. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chip, 12 GB of RAM, three cameras (including a 48 megapixel main camera and 3x optical zoom), 4085 mAh battery, and Warp Charge 30T fast charging. Its 6.67-inch OLED display sports HDR, 90 Hz refresh, and quad-HD resolution; it's curved at the sides and covers the whole face with no notch, thanks to a pop-up selfie camera. The McLaren design sports a carbon-fiber back with a wood-grain look, and accents in McLaren’s "hallmark papaya orange racing tint." It comes with a case accented in carbon fiber and Alcantara. T-Mobile is not yet announcing pricing nor a specific release date.
OnePlus today revealed the OnePlus 7T, a new model that's a blend of the 6T and 7 Pro, offering most of the best features of both, for less money than the 7 Pro. It has a small-notch screen design like the 6T, but in an extra-tall 20:9 ratio with full-HD resolution and HDR10+. The 20:9 ratio allows the 7T to be slightly narrower than the 7 Pro. It also has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, a slightly faster, gaming-optimized version of the top-end 855. Like the 7 Pro, it has three rear cameras (standard, wide, and telephoto) including a 48-megapixel main sensor, but the telephoto camera has been upgraded from 8 megapixels to 12. A new Macro Mode lets users to get up close to a focus distance of 2.5cm. Also like the 7 Pro, it has 90 Hz display refresh rate, "Warp Charge" fast charging, 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, Cat 18 LTE, and an in-display fingerprint reader. The 7T has 8 GB of RAM and a 3,800 mAh battery. It will ship with the just-released Android 10. Available color options are Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver. It will sell for $599 unlocked starting October 18th, and T-Mobile will be the exclusive US carrier for it.
Sprint today launched 5G service in four new cities, and launched one new 5G phone: The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, available starting today. In New York City, 5G covers 1.7 million people, and parts of Manhattan from Central Park to the southern tip. It also covers La Guardia and JFK Airports, parts of Flushing and Rockaway Beach in Queens, Red Hook in Brooklyn and Concourse in the Bronx. In New Jersey, Sprint will cover areas of Hudson County including Union City and North Bergen. In Los Angeles, 5G now covers covers approximately 1.2 million people with service available from Marina del Rey to Downtown L.A., and West Hollywood to Culver City. In addition, Sprint 5G is also available in parts of Orange County, Pasadena and Cerritos. In Washington, DC, 5G covers approximately 520,000 people with service available in popular parts of the District, as well as areas of Montgomery County, Arlington, and Fairfax County. In Phoenix, 5G covers approximately 740,000 people with service available across the greater Phoenix metro area with service in parts of Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Glendale. The company also announced expanded 5G coverage in existing 5G cities of Kansas City, Dallas-Ft Worth, Atlanta, and Houston. Sprint also announced that its Unlimited Premium plan now includes a free three-month trial of the Hatch game-streaming service. The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, simply with 5G.
Sprint today announced that it will soon offer its first phone from OnePlus, and that it will be a 5G phone. Further details will be announced "soon". OnePlus does offer a 5G version of its newest flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro, in some markets, including the UK. It only supports sub-6 GHz 5G, the kind Sprint recently launched. OnePlus has not shown interest in developing phones with mmWave 5G the kind deployed so far by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Prior to this announcement, T-Mobile was the only major US carrier to carry OnePlus phones. Sprint currently offers 5G in areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City, and the company expects to launch service in areas of Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, DC, in "the coming weeks".
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company's new flagship, and it's a looker. These days a top-end phone is expected to have an all-screen, all-glass, curvy design. The OnePlus delivers that, along with the top-end specs everyone wants. Instead of a notched or hole-punch screen, OnePlus has solved the selfie camera problem with a motorized pop-up design. So what is it like in person? We checked it out.
The new OnePlus 7 Pro puts top-end specs and features, such as three rear cameras and a notchless 6.67-inch quad-HD AMOLED display with HDR 10+ and 90 Hz refresh rate, into a new design with a pop-up selfie camera and a glass back, that's just 8.8mm thick. OnePlus announced the phone today at events around the world. The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6-12 GB of RAM. Its three rear cameras include a 48-megapixel main camera with OIS and f/1.6 aperture. It also has a 16-megapixel wide camera and 8-megapixel telephoto camera. It supports slow motion (1080p at 240 fps), portrait mode, automatic scene detection, and RAW mode. The pop-up front camera clocks in at 16 megapixels and f/2.0. It retracts automatically if the phone is dropped. The fingerprint reader is embedded in the display. Its 4,000 mAh battery can be topped up with "Warp Charge 30" fast charging (5V/6A). Instead of a 3.5mm audio jack, it support audio over USB-C. The phone also has Cat. 18 LTE, NFC, and stereo speakers. The full retail pricing is $669 for the variant with 6 GB of RAM, up to $749 for the 12 GB version. T-Mobile will launch the phone on Friday, May 17th. It will be available in dark gray, blue, and almond/gold. The company also announced a OnePlus 7 model (non-Pro) that is not coming to the US.
T-Mobile will start selling the forthcoming OnePlus 7 Pro nationwide on May 17th. The phone is set to be announced on Tuesday, May 14th in NYC. T-Mobile will hold its own launch event for the phone at its Times Square store on the same day. On the 15th, T-Mobile will hold additional launch events at its "signature" stores in Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, and Santa Monica. OnePlus made a name for itself offering "affordable flagship" phones and selling them unlocked. The company scored its first US carrier deal last year when T-Mobile picked up the OnePlus 6T.
OnePlus today made OxygenOS Open Beta 1 available to the OnePlus 6T, the first beta build for OnePlus' most recent flagship. OnePlus says the beta updates the Android security patch to December 2018 and adds a toast notification when corruption interrupts parallel apps. The beta also introduces a call history view for incoming calls from unknown numbers and optimizes the interface for handling spam calls and messages. Last, the OnePlus Switch function now supports migrating data from an iPhone. The beta is free for members of the beta program to download.
OnePlus today made Android 9 Pie available to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T through a new open beta of OxygenOS. The introduction of Pie gives the 5/5T a brand new user interface based more on swiping gestures. The beta includes Pie's Do Not Disturb mode, which lets people be more proactive about silencing their phones. In addition to the core features of Pie, OnePlus improved the UI when calling 911 and when using speed dial, and made it possible to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group when using two SIM cards. The 5/5T gain support for more parallel apps, including Telegram, Discord, IMP, and Uber. OnePlus made a number of changes to the weather tool. For example, it now automatically displays the weather for the current location, offers more suggestions when performing place searches, and fixes bugs impacting the ability to properly locate certain cities and towns. Owners already taking advantage of the OnePlus open beta program will receive Android 9 Pie as an over-the-air download. Those not signed up will need to do so in order to gain access to the updated operating system. OnePlus says the OTA download will reach users in phases over the next few days.
OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, a special edition of the 6T developed in partnership with McLaren F1. Most of the core features of the phone are unchanged, but the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition boosts the RAM to 10 GB and introduces new Warp Charge 30, which will recharge the battery by 50% in just 20 minutes. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also includes custom animations, themes, wallpapers, and icons that aren't available to other variants of the 6T. On the exterior, the McLaren Edition is detailed with an orange stripe and has a carbon fiber-like pattern under the glass on the rear panel. The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will be available in North America, Europe, and India on December 13th starting at $699
Phones equipped with 5G will not be cheap, according to OnePlus CEO Peter Lau. Speaking to Phone Scoop on the sidelines of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, Lau suggested that 5G technology may add as much as $200 to $300 more to the cost of phones such as the OnePlus 6T. The 6T, which went on sale earlier this year, has a starting price of $549 — putting the anticipated price of a 5G variant as high as $849. Even at $849, however, the cost of a 5G-equipped OnePlus 6T falls well under the cost of flagship phones from Apple and Samsung, which breach the $1,250 mark. Lau noted the cost increase would help cover the research and development investments the company has made to engineer 5G capabilities into its product line. The company has done what it can to keep the cost as low as possible. The 5G device from OnePlus in question, to be launched first with EE in the U.K., will rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. It may or may not be the first device to launch with the new silicon from Qualcomm. The company has not revealed any other features of the phone, other than to say it won't be a wholly new flagship. The four major U.S. carriers plan to launch mobile 5G service starting later this month with deployments stretching into 2020 and beyond. OnePlus has not specifically stated that its 5G device will come to the U.S. Carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless suggested that consumers will pay whatever it costs to adopt 5G technology.
OnePlus today said it will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile processor in next year's flagship phone. OnePlus didn't provide any other details about the phone. It will likely build on the path set by the 6 and 6T, which were released this year. The company had previously said it would launch a 5G phone during 2019. OnePlus specified today that it is partnering with European carrier EE to launch this forthcoming 5G phone. Given OnePlus' relationship with T-Mobile, it is possible that next year's 855-powered flagship from OnePlus will also be sold by T-Mobile.
OnePlus has released new beta software for the OnePlus 6 phone. OxygenOS Beta 7 includes two core new features, a video enhancer and OnePlus Roaming. The video enhancer improves color when watching video, while OnePlus Roaming acts as a virtual SIM card so travelers can surf the internet without a local SIM card. OnePlus says the roaming tool should work in most countries around the globe and will help users connect. OnePlus Roaming "will list out the plans available for the country/regions you are in so that you can purchase a suitable plan and access the Internet without a SIM," said OnePlus. OnePlus Roaming provides only data access and doesn't include voice service. Other features in the beta build include vibrate notifications when ending calls, user interface improvements for 911 calls, and the ability to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group when in dual SIM mode. Last, OxygenOS Beta 7 for the OnePlus 6 includes an option for an app drawer under the launcher settings. OnePlus says those already running beta builds should see the update within a few days.
OnePlus today said the thunder purple color variant of its flagship OnePlus 6T phone will reach North America beginning November 15. The device was initially an exclusive to OnePlus' home market of China. The thunder purple model features a gradient rear panel that transitions from purple at the bottom to black at the top. Other than the color, all the other features of the phone are the same as the midnight black and mirror black versions. The 6T has a 6.3-inch display, Snapdragon 845 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. It also includes an under-the-glass fingerprint reader and is compatible with Verizon's network. The thunder purple OnePlus 6T costs $579.
The OnePlus 6T is available for purchase from T-Mobile and OnePlus.com. The phone, announced only days ago, has a 6.41-inch screen with a small, teardrop-shaped cutout at the top. The 6T adopts an under-the-glass fingerprint reader. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor at 2.8 GHz with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of storage. The phone includes a 3,700mAh battery that supports OnePlus' Dash Charge rapid charging tech. A dual camera system lets the phone capture portrait / bokeh images. It has a 20-megapixel sensor at f/1.7 and a 16-megapixel secondary sensor with OIS and EIS. The 6T supports Cat 16 LTE and 42 different global LTE bands with 4x4 MIMO and five-channel carrier aggregation. The phone runs OnePlus' OxygenOS, which is based on Android 9 Pie. The OnePlus 6T starts at $549 in both Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
The OnePlus 6T is the company's latest flagship, and it further refines the company's hallmark "affordable flagship" approach. New is the in-display fingerprint reader. It also has an all-screen design with a notch. For the first time, they have a carrier deal in the U.S., offering the phone through T-Mobile. We check it out and give you our first impressions.
OnePlus today announced that its 6T flagship phone will ship with a new tool called Nightscape Mode. This shooting tool uses the principles of HDR photography to capture and blend several exposures. The resulting images should be brighter, clearer, and have less noise. Low-light photography has also been sped up in Nightscape, allowing phones to focus and capture images in less than 2 seconds. OnePlus said this feature will be made available to the OnePlus 6 through a software update later this week.
OnePlus today announced its flagship phone for the back half of the year, the OnePlus 6T. The phone is a significant upgrade to the OnePlus 6. To start, it improves the 6.41-inch screen by reducing the size of the notch. The display now has a teardrop-shaped cutout at the top, rather than a saddle-shaped notch. The Super AMOLED panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. OnePlus is one of the first few phone makers to adopt an under-the-glass fingerprint reader. The tech made its real-world debut at CES earlier this year, but has yet to reach many phones. The reader can detect fingerprints through the display, which allows OnePlus to create a more seamless device. OnePlus says the technology is fast enough and secure enough for everyday unlocking and mobile payments. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor at 2.8 GHz, and an Adreno 680 PGU with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of storage. The phone includes a 3,700mAh battery that supports OnePlus' Dash Charge rapid charging tech. A dual camera system on the rear ensures the phone can capture portrait / bokeh images. It has a 20-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor at f/1.7 and a 16-megapixel SonyIMX376K sensor with OIS and EIS. The phone can capture slow-motion at up to 480fps. The 6T supports Cat 16 LTE and 42 different global LTE bands with 4x4 MIMO and five-channel carrier aggregation. The phone runs OnePlus' OxygenOS, which is based on Android 9 Pie. OnePlus created its own swiping gestures for controlling the UI that are simpler to master than those from Google. The OnePlus 6T goes on sale November 1 for $549 in both Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
OnePlus today announced that T-Mobile will be its first official carrier partner in the U.S. T-Mobile has agreed to sell the OnePlus 6T flagship phone, which goes on sale November 1. OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau said the device will be available at some 5,600 T-Mobile stores. This is significant for OnePlus, as scoring a carrier distribution deal is the best way to reach U.S. consumers. Before today, OnePlus devices were only available online and via popup stores. In support of the launch, T-Mobile is offering $300 off the price of the OnePlus 6T with an eligible trade-in. The company will accept more than 30 different devices on trade, including popular models from Apple, Samsung, LG, and others. The 6 GB / 128 GB model costs $549, with the 8 GB / 128 GB model costing $579 and the 8 GB / 256 GB model costing $629.
Qualcomm expects to see two major waves of 5G handsets arrive throughout 2019. Speaking at the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said, based on its viewpoint, there will be an initial set of launches along with the arrival of 5G mobile networks themselves. U.S. carriers are expecting to get their 5G mobile networks up and running during the first six months of 2019, and some may launch during the first quarter. Amon believes a second wave of 5G phones — all flagships — will hit the market in the latter part of the year ahead of the holiday shopping season. OnePlus CEO, Carl Pei, who joined Amon on stage, says his company will have one of the first, if not the actual first, 5G phones to reach consumer hands. Pei noted that OnePlus has already begun conducting 5G tests with partner Qualcomm in San Diego. OnePlus is prepared to launch the OnePlus 6T at an event in New York on October 29. It is likely the 6T's successor that will include 5G. Earlier this year, Sprint claimed it would be the first carrier to launch a 5G handset with partner LG. Given OnePlus' recent tie-up with T-Mobile, it's possible OnePlus' 5G smartphone will operate on T-Mobile's network. Neither Sprint nor T-Mobile has provided a firm 5G launch date for 2019.
OnePlus today said it will launch its next device on October 30 at an event to be held in New York City. The company has already shared a few details about the device. To start, the 6T will adopt an in-display fingerprint reader. The reader will be buried under the display glass, allowing OnePlus to design a more seamless device. OnePlus has also said the device will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, in favor of the USB-C port. Last, the OnePlus 6T will be the first device from OnePlus to be sold by a U.S. carrier. The company says T-Mobile has agreed to sell the OnePlus 6T once it becomes available. OnePlus is offering tickets to the event so fans of the brand can attend the launch. Fans who pay to attend the launch will receive a gift bag as well as a set of Bullets Wireless headphones.
OnePlus today began delivering Android 9 Pie to its flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. The company had been testing a beta version of the new operating system from Google for several weeks. Android 9 Pie carries with it a brand new user interface, adaptive battery support, and revised gesture navigation. It adds a reworked Do Not Disturb mode, as well as a new Gaming Mode. The update also improves text and call notifications, and allows people to adjust the accent color. Last, the update includes the September security patch from Google. Android 9 Pie is free for owners of the OnePlus 6 to download and install. The company is rolling it out over the next few days.
OnePlus today announced a new pair of wired headphones for its smartphones. The Type-C Bullets have been re-engineered to produce the right balance between in-ear comfort and high-quality sound. OnePlus says a new DAC from Cirrus Logic helps deliver higher dynamic range, higher signal-to-noise ratio, and lower noise floor in the new earbuds. This equates to more thump-y bass and clearer highs. Moreover, the Type-C Bullets were designed to last thanks to aramid fibers that prevent stretching and wear. OnePlus says the Type-C Bullets will be available in the months to come. Separately, TechRadar reports that OnePlus plans to drop the headphone jack in the OnePlus 6T. The information was confirmed by OnePlus CEO Carl Pei. "You've got to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction," said Pei. "We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year — and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones." OnePlus understands that the decision may be controversial, but insists it is not doing it for the sake of doing it. "We knew this was an option for a very long time, we were just waiting for the right time. By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product," said Pei. For example, some of the recovered space in the phone will be used to improve the battery capacity. The OnePlus 6T is also expected to have an under-the-display fingerprint reader, which needs space as well. The OnePlus 6T will arrive later this year.
OnePlus says its next phone will allow people to unlock their phones by placing their finger directly on the display. The in-display fingerprint reader is expected to appear on the OnePlus 6T due later this year. Several devices already offer this feature, such as the Vivo 11, but they are reserved for overseas markets. By using a reader that's embedded in the display, OnePlus can recoup space in the chassis for other components. Even so, the 6T will be slightly thicker than the 6 as it moves the fingerprint reader from the rear to the display. "We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action," said OnePlus to CNET. "By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them." Earlier this year, OnePlus said its next phone will be sold by T-Mobile, its first such carrier distribution deal in the U.S. The OnePlus 6T will likely make its debut in October.
OnePlus has made the first Open Beta build of OxygenOS based on Android 9 Pie available to the OnePlus 6. OnePlus had previously been testing the beta with a closed group. Now, anyone with a OnePlus 6 and the desire to check out Pie can install the beta platform on their device. OnePlus says the beta introduces a brand new user interface for Android 9 based on Pie's gesture navigation. The beta offers system improvements, more customization features, and a refreshed Do Not Disturb mode. Other features include a new Gaming Mode, improved text notifications, and third-party call notifications. OnePlus warns there are several known issues with the build. For example, Google Pay is not working, and the Google Play Store may display a "Device is not Certified by Google" notification when users attempt to download apps. Devices running the beta may also suffer from instability. Instructions for downloading and installing Android 9 Pie on the OnePlus 6 are available from OnePlus' web site.
OnePlus has begun rolling out OxygenOS 5.1.5 to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T phones. The lone user-facing feature in the update is the ability to confirm your PIN without tapping the check key to unlock the phone. This saves one tap in the unlocking process. OxygenOS 5.1.5 also includes the latest Android security patch from Google. OnePlus says the update is being pushed out slowly over the next few days, beginning with a small number to ensure there are no bugs. Most devices will see the update arrive over the next week.
T-Mobile will sell OnePlus' next flagship phone, the OnePlus 6T, in October according to CNET. OnePlus has said twice this year already that it is working with U.S. carriers. This would mark the first time OnePlus has scored a carrier distribution deal in the U.S. To-date, OnePlus has marketed and sold its phones to U.S. consumers online. Citing people familiar with the company's plans, CNET reports that OnePlus will create a version of the 6T specifically for T-Mobile's network, including support for T-Mobile's 600 MHz spectrum (Band 71). The 6T will still be sold online unlocked with support for either AT&T or T-Mobile, in addition to global carriers. Pricing for the phone is expected to be around $550. Other features of the phone were not revealed. OnePlus releases two phones each year. The OnePlus 6 arrived in May and the company's second phone is expected in the October timeframe.
OnePlus say its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T phones will both be updated to Android P. The company had originally said updates for these phones, which are two years old, would stop with Android Oreo. They currently run Android 8.0. OnePlus says it will skip the Android 8.1 update and go straight to Android P. "After internal discussions and evaluation, we have decided to focus our development resources on the Android P project instead of upgrading the device to Android 8.1, so that we can offer more exciting features and improvements for our OnePlus 3 and 3T users," said the company. OnePlus says the OnePlus 6 will be the first device to receive Android P, followed by the OnePlus 5/5T, and finally the OnePlus 3/3T. OnePlus didn't say when these updates will arrive.
OnePlus has begun distributing OxygenOS 5.1.9 to the OnePlus 6 phone. The update improves the camera, with better image quality, beauty mode for selfie portraits, and Google Lens for image-based search. The update adds group MMS support to the messaging app. Performance tweaks include WiFi optimization and Bluetooth car connection stability upgrades, as well as fixes for certain accidental touches. Last, the new build of OxygenOS updates the security patch to July. OnePlus says the system update is rolling out slowly over the next few days.
OnePlus today announced a new red color option for its OnePlus 6 phone. This red special edition also features a new six-layer glass back to enhance the color, including an ”anti-reflective layer to create a sense of depth” and a translucent orange layer. It will come in just one memory configuration: 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It will sell for $579, the same price as other colors with that memory option. The OnePlus 6 is a high-end unlocked phone with a metal body, 6.3” AMOLED display with a notch, water resistance, excellent support for US LTE networks, and a Snapdragon 845 processor. Sales commence July 10th.
OnePlus hopes to distribute its phones through carriers in the U.S., reports PCMag. OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau told PCMag that the company is holding discussions with U.S. carriers, though it didn't specify which ones. Moreover, the company plans to release a 5G phone next year, which will coincide with the expected launch of 5G service in the U.S. For the moment, OnePlus sells its phones unlocked on the open market. Its most recent device, the OnePlus 6, includes support for AT&T and T-Mobile. OnePlus said its good working relationship with Qualcomm has helped pave its path towards 5G.
OnePlus has begun pushing OxygenOS 5.1.6 to its OnePlus 6 phone. The update contains a few new features, including Portrait Mode for the front camera, which enables bokeh-style selfies. The update also adds a preview for the Light Bokeh effect when using Portrait Mode on the rear camera. OxygenOS 5.1.6 also takes the time to fix bugs. For example, it fixes stability for dual SIM cards, enables VoLTE in India, improves call quality, improves ringer volume and quality, adds a percentage indicator to the battery, and optimizes power consumption. It also lets people schedule Do Not Disturb mode, and adds support for dual 4G connections when using dual SIM cards. OxygenOS 5.1.6 is free for OnePlus 6 owners to download and install.
Google today made Android P Beta 2 available to developers. Importantly, Google says this beta includes the final Android P APIs (level 28) and the official SDK, which means developers have what they need to customize their apps for the new features in Android P. Google says those who've already enrolled in the beta program will automatically get Android P Beta 2 over the next day or so. Android P includes features such as Adaptive Battery for smarter power consumption; App Actions, which rely on machine learning so apps are more engaging with users; Slices, which surface rich content in places like Google Search and Assistant; and new controls for notch-style displays. The beta so packs 157 new emoji. In addition to Google's own Pixel and Nexus phones, several other devices from OnePlus, Sony, and others will have access to the Android P Beta 2. Google expects to roll out the final version of Android P later this summer.
OnePlus kicks off sales of the Silk White color variant of the OnePlus 6 at 10am (ET) today. The Silk White color is being sold as a limited edition. It comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The phone costs $579 and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The OnePlus 6, revealed last month, is made from metal and two slabs of Gorilla Glass 5. OnePlus says it mixed pearl powder into the coating of the Silk White, which is layered six times to create the frosted texture. The phone runs the same Snapdragon 845 processor as the glossy and matte black colors, and has the same cameras, and same OxygenOS features. OnePlus is also selling its OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones today from 10am for $69.