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OnePlus to Sell 'Thunder Purple' 6T In North America Nov. 15

Nov 12, 2018, 8:20 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


OnePlus 6T Now Available from T-Mobile and OnePlus

Nov 1, 2018, 8:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


Hands on with the OnePlus 6T

Oct 29, 2018, 12:19 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Nov 6, 2018, 2:16 PM

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.

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OnePlus Intros Nightscape Mode for Better Night Shots

Oct 29, 2018, 10:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 6T Packs Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader, Teardrop Notch, Dual Cameras

Oct 29, 2018, 10:25 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 29, 2018, 10:28 AM

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.


T-Mobile to Sell OnePlus 6T at 5,600 Stores This Week

Oct 29, 2018, 10:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Oct 29, 2018, 11:03 AM

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.


OnePlus Says It Will Be In First Wave of Phones to Include 5G

Oct 23, 2018, 8:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Schedules Oct. 30 Event to Launch the OnePlus 6T

Oct 8, 2018, 7:04 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Pushing Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6

Sep 21, 2018, 10:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Intros USB-C Bullets Headphones As It Prepares to Drop the Headphone Jack

Sep 13, 2018, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 6T to Include an In-Screen Fingerprint Reader

Sep 10, 2018, 11:27 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Offers Open Beta of Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6

Sep 4, 2018, 7:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Pushing Security Patch to 5 and 5T

Aug 22, 2018, 8:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


OnePlus Scores Carrier Deal with T-Mobile for 6T Flagship

Aug 17, 2018, 7:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Commits to Updating the 3/3T to Android P

Jul 31, 2018, 7:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 6 Gains Camera Tweaks, Google Lens via Update

Jul 17, 2018, 5:13 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 6 Comes In New Red Finish

Jul 2, 2018, 8:33 AM   by Rich Brome

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 Says It's Talking to US Carriers About a 5G Phone

Jun 28, 2018, 10:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 6 Receiving OxygenOS Update with Selfie Portraits

Jun 11, 2018, 7:27 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 Releases Android P Beta 2 with Final APIs

Jun 6, 2018, 12:16 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 6, 2018, 3:51 PM

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' Silk White 6 Goes On Sale Today for $579

Jun 4, 2018, 7:25 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


OnePlus Releases New OxygenOS Betas for 5 and 5T

May 29, 2018, 7:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today made new beta software available to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T phones. Open Beta 11 for the 5 and Open Beta 9 for the 5T introduce an identical set of features and fixes to the phones. For example, the new software lets 5 and 5T owners disable peek notifications when in Do Not Disturb and Reading modes. The betas simplify the process of setting and confirming new PIN codes, and optimize sleep standby power consumption. Both phones see user interface improvements to OnePlus Switch, with better support for app data migration and general bug fixes and stability improvements. Last, the betas make it possible to manage Parallel Apps in the file manager. These beta builds must be sideloaded to the 5 and 5T from a PC and are not meant for everyday use.


Hands On with the OnePlus 6

May 22, 2018, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated May 22, 2018, 9:00 AM

The OnePlus 6 is here to convince you that no one needs a $700, $800, $900, or $1,000 smartphone. Heck, you don't even need a $600 smartphone. The OnePlus 6 is a metal-and-glass beauty that checks most of the right boxes in terms of features and capabilities. Moreover, this two-SIM phone is a rarity in the U.S. market, and is sold unlocked with excellent support for U.S carriers. Here is Phone Scoop's first look at the latest from OnePlus.

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OnePlus Re-Enters Accessories Market with Bullets Wireless Headphones

May 16, 2018, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today announced the Bullets Wireless Bluetooth headphones meant to accompany its smartphones. The Bullets Wireless are a behind-the-neck style pair of headphones. They feature 9.2mm drivers with support for Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX for high-quality sound. OnePlus says the Bullets Wireless offer 8 hours of music playback and thanks to built-in fast charging can provide 5 hours of playback after charging for just 10 minutes. The headphones have magnetic casings that snap together to help prevent wire tangles. Smart features include automatic pause and resume when the headphones are snapped together or pulled apart, respectively. The Bullets Wireless support Google Assistant, and soon after launch, will support the ability to answer calls by unclipping them from one another. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones go on sale June 5 for $69.


OnePlus 6 Moves Up the Ladder with All-Glass Design and Top Specs

May 16, 2018, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 6, its redesigned flagship phone, at an event in London. The OnePlus 6 drops the metal chassis of previous phones and adopts a metal-and-glass design common to today's top devices. The 6 will be offered in white with pearl powder, matte black, and glossy black, all with unique finishes on the curved Gorilla Glass 5 surfaces. OnePlus says the phone can withstand splashes and similar exposure to water, but the phone stops short of being waterproof. The OnePlus 6 adopts a notched screen design. The AMOLED display measures 6.28 inches across the diagonal with 2,280 by 1,080 pixels at a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It comes in several memory and storage variants, including 6 GB or 8 GB of ROM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Like many flagship phones, the OnePlus 6 includes a dual-camera array on the rear. The main sensor captures 16-megapixel images at f/1.7 and it is aided by a secondary 20-megapixel sensor also at f/1.7. The main camera includes OIS/EIS, super slow-motion capture, time-lapse, portrait shooting, and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor at f/2.0. OnePlus says a software update will bring software-based portrait shooting to the selfie cam after launch. Other core specs include a 3,300mAh battery with rapid charging, face unlock, USB-C, fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headset jack, dual-band wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, and GPS. The phone boasts CAT 16 LTE with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM. Support for U.S. LTE bands is excellent, as the OnePlus 6 includes Band 29 for AT&T and Bands 66 and 71 for T-Mobile. The phone is sold unlocked and can accommodate up to two SIM cards. One the software front, the OnePlus 6 offers the latest version of OxygenOS, which is based on Android 8 Oreo. Unique features include a new swipe-based navigation user interface, app locker for secured apps, multi-finger gestures, dark theme, scrolling screenshots, and reading mode. The OnePlus 6 will go on sale in the U.S. and other countries on May 22. The mirror black and matte black 6 GB / 64 GB models costs $529, while the 8 GB / 128 GB models costs $579. The silk white model is a limited edition and will go on sale June 5 with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage.


OnePlus 6 to Be Announced May 16 In London

Apr 25, 2018, 7:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus said it will announce its next flagship phone at an event planned for May 16 in London. The company has recently been teasing features of the phone and earlier this week said the device will have a metal-and-glass design with a glass rear panel. The company has not shared any other details about the phone. More information will be available next month.


OnePlus Provides Peek at Glass-Backed OnePlus 6

Apr 23, 2018, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus is expected to announce the OnePlus 6 flagship phone in the coming weeks and today it shared some information about the design. Taking the company's blog, CEO Pete Lau described in detail the company's design philosophy. With respect to the OnePlu6, Lau said, "OnePlus 6's glass design is centered around creating a 'sense of value' and 'premium hand-feel.' People relate deeply to the products they use. We gave a lot of thought to how users should feel when they use the OnePlus 6. The advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling." Lau said OnePlus tested more than 70 different glass prototypes before selecting one. After selecting the glass, OnePlus refined it for hand feel extensively. "The OnePlus 6's glass back contains five printed layers of Nanotech Coating, a first in the smartphone industry." Three layers is normal. "The degree of separation between each layer is extremely subtle and tough to discern. However, the additional layers give the back of the device a stronger impression of depth that our most demanding users will surely appreciate." The phone will continue to make use of OnePlus' "horizon" design philosophy, which OnePlus has refined to fit the metal-and-gass materials. "Although OnePlus is not the first manufacturer to use glass, we are confident that we are providing users with our interpretation of a familiar material," said Lau. The OnePlus 6 is slated to arrive in May.


Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches

Apr 12, 2018, 1:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017. They discovered phones from nearly all makers missed at least some patches. Phones from Google, Sony, and Samsung ranked fairly well, missing an average of just one patch. Phones from Xiaomi, Nokia, and OnePlus missed between one and three patches per update, while devices from HTC, Motorola, LG, and Huawei missed three to four, and phones from TCL (Alcatel) and ZTE often missed more than four patches per update. High-end devices with processors from Samsung or Qualcomm were more likely to updated properly, while low-cost devices with processors from MediaTek were less likely to be updated properly. Nohl and Lell say what's worse than the missed patches are the phone makers' claims to the contrary. "We find that there's a gap between patching claims and the actual patches installed on a device. It's small for some devices and pretty significant for others," said Nohl to Wired. "We found several vendors that didn’t install a single patch but changed the patch date forward by several months. That’s deliberate deception." The researchers claim this lulls consumers into a false sense of security, though they admit that hacking into Android phones through any of the missed patches is a difficult task at best. In response to the data, Google argued that not all the devices researched were Android certified, and that modern Android phones have other security measures in place to protect them. "Security updates are one of many layers used to protect Android devices and users," said Scott Roberts, Android product security lead at Google. "Built-in platform protections, such as application sandboxing, and security services, such as Google Play Protect, are just as important." Still, Google said it would work with Security Research Labs to investigate Nohl and Lell's findings.


OnePlus CEO Shares Specs of OnePlus 6 and Talks About the Notch

Apr 4, 2018, 7:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has provided some detail about the company's forthcoming flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. In a blog post on the company's forums, Lau explained that the company wants the phone to be as fast as possible because speed translates to a better user experience. "Fast is not just about shorter loading times or top download speeds, any OEM can achieve high numbers in one or two metrics. Fast is about creating a lasting impression of speed and smoothness, throughout all-day use, whether you’re recording 4K video or browsing Facebook," wrote Lau. The company has selected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 premiere processor for the OnePlus 6, which will be offered in configurations with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Lau admits that picking the best hardware is only half the story. The company has a specialized team called Team FSE (Fast, Stable, Efficient) that focuses on "maximizing the power of our flagship devices." Lau also took the company's forums to talk about the notched display. OnePlus fans expressed displeasure with the notion that the OnePlus 6 will include an iPhone X-like notch. Lau says people will be able to black out the top of the display, which will create the illusion that there is no notch. "Recently many users have raised interest in having a black-out function. We respect your feedback, and would like to give everyone the ability to choose. This function will enable you to black out the background of the notifications and status bar. It will be added in a future software update released after the launch of the OnePlus 6." OnePlus has not said when the OnePlus 6 will arrive. The company generally debuts new hardware in June, but it's possible we'll see the OnePlus 6 earlier. Hauwei's recently-announced P20 and P20 Pro handsets have notched displays that allow users to black out the bars at the top. The iPhone X does not offer this feature.


OnePlus Sold Out of 5T In North America, No Plans to Restock

Mar 24, 2018, 9:04 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has sold through its supply of OnePlus 5T handsets in North America and will not replenish its stores, reports Engadget. Kyle Kiang, head of global marketing and general manager of North America at OnePlus, said the 5T met stronger-than-expented demand in the U.S. and Canada. The demand led the phone to sell through weeks earlier than planned. The company won't divert 5Ts meant for other markets to the U.S. due to the hassle of changing out charging adapters. With no 5T stock remaining, OnePlus doesn't have any phones to sell in North America until its next device is ready. The company has for the last two years announced two phones each calendar year, one at the end of the first half and another at the end of the second half. It could be up to three months before OnePlus has a new device to sell in North America.


OnePlus 5T and Honor 7X Now Available In Red

Feb 5, 2018, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus and Honor today made red versions of their most recent devices available to U.S. consumers. The OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition phone (pictured) will be sold from OnePlus' web site starting February 6. Anyone who preorders the handset before February 9 will receive free upgraded shipping. The OnePlus 5T Lava Red is sold with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It costs $559. Huawei's Honor brand is also bringing a red phone to the U.S. The Honor 7X in red is available from the Honor web store starting today. It costs $199. Both phones are sold unlocked with support for AT&T and T-Mobile. Supplies are limited.


OnePlus 5T’s Android 8 Oreo Update Is Here

Jan 31, 2018, 10:17 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today begain pushing OxygenOS 5.0.2, which includes Android 8 Oreo, to the OnePlus 5T handset. As expected, the Oreo update contains notification dots, picture-in-picture, and autofill tools in Chrome. This update for the 5T also packs security patches, general bug fixes, and a new design for the Quick Settings screen. OnePlus says OxygenOS 5.0.2 also updates the file manager, weather, and gallery apps, and boosts the launcher to version 2.2. According to OnePlus, some users will see the update as soon as today though the bulk of users will see it over the next few days. The 5T is OnePlus’ flagship handset.


OnePlus Confirms 40,000 Customers' Data at Risk

Jan 19, 2018, 11:17 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today said up to 40,000 customers' credit card data may have been lifted in an attack. Earlier this week, OnePlus customers reported fraudulent activity on their credit cards after making purchases from OnePlus' web site. OnePlus says its investigation shows the company was indeed compromised. "One of our systems was attacked, and a malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered," explained the company. "The malicious script operated intermittently, capturing and sending data directly from the user's browser. It has since been eliminated. We have quarantined the infected server and reinforced all relevant system structures." OnePlus believes people who used its web site between mid-November 2017 and January 11, 2018, may be impacted by the breach. At risk are credit card numbers along with their expiration dates and security codes. OnePlus says customers who used PayPal aren't affected. The company has emailed everyone it believes may be at risk. In the mean time, OnePlus suggests those who made purchases on OnePlus.net during the above time frame should examine their bank statements for any fraudulent charges. "We cannot apologize enough for letting something like this happen," said OnePlus. "We are working with our providers and local authorities to better address the incident. We are also working with our current payment providers to implement a more secure credit card payment method, as well as conducting an in-depth security audit. All these measures will help us prevent such incidents from happening in the future." The company thanked its customers for their understanding and its community for its continued support.


OnePlus Investigating Customer Credit Card Security Lapse

Jan 16, 2018, 8:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus said it is taking customer complaints about compromised credit card data seriously and is investigating around the clock. Nearly 200 people who purchased products from OnePlus' web site reported fraudulent activity on their credit cards afterwards. As a precaution, the company has disabled credit card payments on its web site and is only accepting PayPal for the moment. The company insists that customer card data is never processed or saved on OnePlus.net; instead, it is sent directly to its PCI-DSS-compliant payment processing partner over an encrypted connection where it is processed on secure servers.”‹ While the company investigates, OnePlus suggests all customers contact their credit card issuer and/or check their statements to ensure there is no fraudulent activity. OnePlus concluded by saying, "This is an ongoing investigation. We are working with our third-party providers, and will update you on our findings as they surface. Information security is a very serious topic, and it has always been one of our top priorities." OnePlus smartphones, such as the OnePlus 5T, are only available to purchase from the company's web site.


OnePlus Eying U.S. Carriers As It Preps Next Flagship

Jan 12, 2018, 8:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus is looking to grow its business beyond the enthusiast crowd. Speaking to CNET, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said, "If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment" with a distribution deal with U.S. carriers. OnePlus handsets are available only from the company itself. Striking a distribution deal with a U.S. carrier would give the brand far more visibility. For now, OnePlus believes it can earn more sales via its reputation. Lau also noted the company's next handset is arriving toward the end of the second quarter and it will make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. "Of course, there's no other choice," Lau said. OnePlus is not sure if it will produce two flagship handsets in 2018, as it has done the two previous years. Last, OnePlus expects to bring the Face Unlock feature, first offered on the 5T, to its older 3 and 3T handsets. "There's no reason to withhold features we can easily implement," said OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.


OnePlus Debuts Sandstone White Color for 5T

Jan 4, 2018, 10:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today announced a new color for the OnePlus 5T: sandstone white. The new shade will be available for order starting January 9. It will only be sold in the 8 GB of RAM / 128 GB of storage configuration at a cost of $559. The phone has the same Snapdragon 835 processor, dual-camera array, and 2:1 screen of the black model. In other OnePlus news, the company recently introduced a new app called Switch that's meant to help people transfer content from one phone to another. Switch can migrate contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, audio, and apps. OnePlus hopes to add support for WiFi history, camera settings, app data, and more down the road. Switch is free to download from the Google Play Store.


Bug Forces OnePlus to Pull Android 8 for OnePlus 5

Jan 3, 2018, 12:18 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has cancelled the global release of OxygenOS 5.0 for the OnePlus 5 due to an unspecified bug. OnePlus says it is preparing OxygenOS 5.0.1 to resolve the problem. It expects to offer the tweaked code in a partial release in the near future. Apart from bringing Android 8 Oreo to the OnePlus 5, OxygenOS 5.0.1 also adds the face unlock feature from OnePlus' newer 5T flagship.


OnePlus Slots New Oreo Betas for the 5 and 5T Smartphones

Jan 2, 2018, 8:28 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has made Android 8 Oreo available to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T smartphones in new betas. Specifically, the OnePlus 5 gains access to OxygenOS Open Beta 3, which adds the face unlock feature of the 5T. Other changes in the beta include a new app shortcut in the launcher, changes to the vibrate alert, improved 5G WiFi performance, general bug fixes, and the December security patch. For the OnePlus 5T, OxygenOS Open Beta 1 updates the handset to Android 8 Oreo. Core features include picture-in-picutre, auto-full, smart text selection, and a new Quick Settings design. Beyond the standard Oreo features, the 5T will see a new shortcut style and an option for combining app icons and shortcuts. The 5T beta also installs the latest December security patch. Last, OnePlus is offering incremental software updates to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones, which add support for aptX HD, a WiFi hotspot manager, and the December security patch. Owners of the OnePlus 5 and 5T will need to enroll in OnePlus' open beta program to gain access to those downloads. The incremental updates for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are available to all owners.


OnePlus Pushing OxygenOS 4.7.6 to 5T

Dec 29, 2017, 2:54 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus this week began distributing the OxygenOS 4.7.6 system update to its OnePlus 5T flagship handset. The update targets camera and system performance. For example, OnePlus says OxygenOS 4.7.6 provides stability and clarity improvements to the camera, particularly when taking selfies in low light. The camera should also work better with third-party camera apps (think Facebook and Instagram). On the system front, the latest software build introduces assistive lighting for face unlock, improves screenshot and WiFi behavior, and installs the December security patch. OnePlus says the update is rolling out over the next week or so. In other OnePlus news, the company has committed to bringing the 5T's face unlock feature to its mid-2017 flagship phone, the OnePlus 5. Moreover, both the 5T and 5 will soon see the Android 8 Oreo update.


OnePlus 5T Scores OxygenOS 4.7.4 with Performance Tweaks

Dec 11, 2017, 12:40 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today made OxygenOS 4.7.4 available to its OnePlus 5T flagship smartphone. The update delivers optimizations to the camera and overall system. For example, 4.7.4 cleans up the camera app's user interface and also improves photo quality. After installing the update, people who own the 5T should experience better audio quality from the built-in speakers and from headphones. The face unlock and fingerprint tools should be more stable, and the wifi radio's battery performance and the vibrate alert's behavior should be improved as well. The update also makes further unspecified performance optimizations and bug fixes. It does not repair the DRM-based HD streaming deficiency reported earlier today. OxygenOS 4.7.4 is free to download over the air.


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