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 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.
OnePlus is delivering a small update to its OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T phones. The update primarily moves the system to Android 8.1 Oreo with the April 1 security patch from Google. The 5T, in particular, gains new gesture support for the home screen. The swiping gestures are similar to those used by the Apple iPhone X. OnePlus says the update adds new optimizations to gaming mode, such as power savings and pausing adaptive brightness, and boosts network priority for the in-progress game to the foreground. The launcher gains new category tags in the search section, and the launcher will now automatically name folders based on categories. The update is being rolled out incrementally. OnePlus says it will push the update in small numbers over the next few days with the majority of 5 and 5T devices to earn the update over the next week or so.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.