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OnePlus 6 to Be Announced May 16 In London

Yesterday, 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

Monday, 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.


OnePlus 5T Can't Stream HD Content from Netflix, Google, Amazon

Dec 11, 2017, 8:58 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus cannot stream video content from certain providers in high-definition, according to The Verge. The services impacted include Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, and Netflix. The OnePlus 5T has a full HD+ display and a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with 8 GB of RAM, meaning the hardware is certainly capable of delivering HD content. OnePlus confirmed the issue to The Verge and said a future update will resolve the deficiency. The issue pertains to the 5T's lack of support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, something content services often require for HD streaming. OnePlus did not say when the software fix might be made available.


OnePlus 5 Earns Oreo Beta; OnePlus 5T Breathes OxygenOS 4.7.2

Nov 27, 2017, 8:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus has made software updates available to both its 2017 handsets. First, owners of the OnePlus 5 can snag OxygenOS Open Beta 1 for Android 8 Oreo. This update brings with it picture in picture, auto-fill, smart text selection, new Quick Settings design, parallel apps, the October security patch, notification dots, and a new app folder design. OnePlus' Open Beta program requires users to download the ROM and sideload it onto their device, which means some technical know-how is needed. One the initial install is complete, devices with beta software installed will receive future beta updates over the air. OnePlus warns there is no backward path for downgrading to the stable, public release channel without first wiping the device. Users will need to enroll in the Open Beta program in order to gain access to the code. In other OnePlus news, the company has updated its new handset, the OnePlus 5T, to OxygenOS 4.7.2. This is a maintenance update that chiefly fixes bugs and smoothes out performance. Notably, the update improves the fingerprint sensor and face unlock features. OxygenOS 4.7.2 is free to download over the air.

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OnePlus 5T Available for Sale Today as OnePlus 5 Runs Out Of Stock

Nov 21, 2017, 3:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today said its OnePlus 5T flagship smartphone is now available for sale online. The device, announced earlier this month, in an update to the OnePlus 5. It stretches the screen to 6 inches, adopts the 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio, moves the fingerprint sensor to the rear of the phone, and changes up the camera configuration a bit. Otherwise, it offers the same basic specs and performance of the older OnePlus 5. The 5 has been available in hit-or-miss fashion over the last month, but is now officially discontinued by OnePlus. The 5T starts at $499 for the 6 GB / 64 GB model.


Android 8 Oreo Headed to OnePlus 3 and 3T

Nov 20, 2017, 8:37 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus said owners of its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphone are due for an Oreo treat. The smartphone makers begun pushing Android 8 out to the two handsets via OxygenOS 5.0. The new system build includes parallel apps, picture-in-picture, auto-fill, notification dots, and smart text selection from Oreo, as well as a redesigned Quick Settings menu, the September security patch, and a new app folder design from OnePlus. OxygenOS 5.0 with Android 8 Oreo is rolling out over the air, though OnePlus warns it is being distributed incrementally. It may take several days to reach all users.


Hands On with the OnePlus 5T

Nov 16, 2017, 1:16 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus is the latest smartphone maker to adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio display. The OnePlus 5T, an update to the OnePlus 5, increases the screen size while also slimming down the bezels. It carries over most of its predecessor's top specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor and twin camera array. The result is a more appealing device. Here are our first impressions.

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OnePlus 5T Stretches the Screen to 6 Inches with 2:1 Aspect Ratio

Nov 16, 2017, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Nov 16, 2017, 12:05 PM

OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 5T, an update to its 2017 flagship handset that adopts the 2:1 aspect ratio for the display. The new OLED screen measures 6 inches from corner to corner and includes 2,160 by 1,080 pixels. In order to accommodate the new display, OnePlus relocated the fingerprint reader to the rear of the phone. The device adds a facial recognition tool for security. OnePlus says it takes only 0.4 seconds to recognize the owner’s face and unlock. Other than these changes, the 5T is similar in terms of design and specifications to the OnePlus 5 from earlier this year. The 5T boasts a metal unibody design with a slim and rounded profile. The phone carries over the alert slider, USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dual-camera array from the OnePlus 5. The camera configuration is changed a bit. The main camera is the same 16-megapixel sensor as the 5, and the secondary relies on a 20-megapixel sensor. Rather than include a telephoto lens, the secondary camera adopts better low-light technology. Both lenses share the same focal length and f/1.7 aperture. The 5T is powered by 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 runs Android 7 Nougat with the latest build of OnePlus' OxygenOS UI on top. OnePlus said the 5T will have access to Android 8 Oreo as a beta in December. The phone goes on sale November 21 for $499.


OnePlus to Allow Fans to Attend 5T Launch In NYC for $40

Nov 6, 2017, 12:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

OnePlus today said it plans to announce its next handset, the OnePlus 5T, at an event in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 16. The phone is widely expected to carry over many specs from the OnePlus 5, but adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio display adorning the front of today's top flagship handsets. OnePlus is allowing fans to attend the Brooklyn event. Tickets will be available online starting November 8 for $40. The event will also be streamed live. Though OnePlus didn't say too much about the phone itself, it did mention that the 5T will go on sale in North America and Europe starting November 21, in India on November 28, and in China December 1.


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.


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