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OnePlus 3T Nougat beta goes live, OnePlus 3 and 3T stable updates roll out tonight

It looks like OnePlus is working down to the wire to release its promised Android 7.0 Nougat stable updates for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T by the end of 2016, at least in some time zones. The company has a Nougat beta update available to download for the 3T right now, and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei stated via Twitter that the stable over-the-air Nougat update will begin to roll out tonight for both the 3 and 3T phones.

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Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

4 weeks ago

The OnePlus 3T beta update is the first, and likely only, OxygenOS 4.0 beta for that phone. The older OnePlus 3 phone has received 10 beta updates over the past several weeks. In his Twitter posts, Pei said the Nougat stable OTA update for the 3 and 3T will be a “gradual” one, so not every owner of those phones will likely get access to it tonight.

OnePlus promised that those phones would get Nougat before the end of the year. In follow-up posts on Twitter, Pei stated, “Many members of our R&D are not taking any time off to celebrate New Year. But we all feel proud to finally deliver on our promises. Thanks for all the support in 2016. I promise we’ll come back stronger in 2017, see you next year!”

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OnePlus 3 gets another small Android 7.0 Nougat beta update

OnePlus has just released its latest Android 7.0 Nougat beta update for the OnePlus 3. This is the 10th such update for the smartphone, with its Android-based OxygenOS, and it appears to be a pretty minor one, with only one new feature as well as some bug fixes and optimizations.

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Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

4 weeks ago

According to the changelog, the latest beta update adds the Data Saver feature to the OnePlus 3. Two bug fixes are mentioned as well. One of them solves the problem with the lock screen clock issue when the phone is in portrait mode, and the other fixes a bug with the phone reverting to its default theme after a reboot.

Finally, the changelog states that optimizations have been put in for overall system performance, Wi-Fi performance, battery consumption, the phone’s fingerprint unlocking speed and the quality of expanded screenshots. This feature gives OnePlus 3 owners a way to screenshot a longer, scrollable page rather than a regular screenshot.

OnePlus has already stated it plans to release the final Nougat OTA update for both the OnePlus 3 and the recently launched OnePlus 3T by the end of the year. However, with just a few days away from the end of 2016, it is looking more likely that the company could miss that deadline.

Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale includes the OnePlus 3, to Carl Pei’s surprise

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Flipkart’s upcoming ‘Big Shopping Days’ sale is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, December 18, and will last until Wednesday, December 21. The company is now offering us a sneak peek into the deals that will soon be available.

Flipkart will offer discounts on a bunch of products, including the OnePlus 3. The device, which launched in India for Rs. 27,999, will be available for less than Rs. 20,000. While the price is nice, its presence in the sale is odd, seeing as OnePlus is selling its smartphone in the country exclusively through Amazon.

We may not know how Flipkart has managed to pull this off, but apparently neither does OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. Following the announcement of the sale and the OnePlus 3’s appearance in it, Carl Pei sent a tweet to Sachin Bansal, Flipkart’s co-founder, asking him about the sale and saying that OnePlus is exclusive with Amazon India.

Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale includes the OnePlus 3, to Carl Pei’s surprise

Pei has not received a response to his question yet, so we’ll just have to wait for a bit to see how this story plays out in the end.

In addition to the OnePlus 3, Flipkart will also offer discounts on a bunch of other smartphones. For example, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Moto E3 Power for Rs. 7,499 (Rs. 500 off) or the LeEco Le 2 for Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1,000 off). There will be more smartphones, smartwatches, headphones, and other electronics on offer, but Flipkart has not revealed the exact prices for every product that will be available during the Big Shopping Days sale.

If you want to know more, click the button below and take a closer look at some of the items that will be on sale. But you’ll have to wait until Sunday to see exactly how much some of the products Flipkart has listed will cost. And if you’re after a OnePlus 3 – let us know if you manage to buy one.

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Latest OnePlus 3 Android 7.0 Nougat beta update arrives

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OnePlus has released its latest Android 7.0 Nougat beta update for the OnePlus 3. The new OxygenOS build is part of OnePlus’ open beta program, employed by the company to help it deliver the official Nougat OTA before the end of the year.

OnePlus is relying on user feedback to support the development of the new software and includes a survey with each build to assess its success. Here’s the changelog for the most recent release:

  • Added Expanded Screenshots
  • Shelf Design Optimizations
  • General UI Optimizations
  • DPI Optimizations
  • Battery Performance Optimizations
  • Stability and Performance Optimizations
  • General bug fixes

It’s an unspecific list of improvements, save for the “expanded screenshots” feature, which allows OnePlus 3 owners to screenshot a long (scrollable) page rather than a regular screenshot. It nonetheless should provide a more stable experience than OnePlus’ first Nougat beta released at the end of November.

If you want to get involved, you can flash the latest build via the link at the OnePlus forums but note that OnePlus may remove it once it receives enough feedback.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

There’s an inverse relationship between OnePlus’ software and its reputation where updates are concerned. As clean and smooth as OxygenOS is, the company has historically struggled to get Android updates out in a timely fashion. That’s all set to change with the Nougat beta for the OnePus 3 though, which has arrived right on time and according to promises.

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The OnePlus 3 will get updates just as long as the OnePlus 3T

2 weeks ago

The Android 7.0 Nougat beta is only available for the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will begin sharing an update cycle when Nougat officially drops in December, but the beta is an original OnePlus 3 exclusive. (Note: OnePlus has now removed the download link for the Nougat beta.)

The first thing to note is that the Nougat beta on the OnePlus 3 is more like Marshmallow on the OnePlus 3T than it is like the OnePlus 3 community builds that have been floating around recently. So while the changes are quite noticeable on the OnePlus 3, it looks like you won’t see as much of a difference on the OnePlus 3T when Nougat arrives later this month.

Notifications and Quick Settings

First up: the notifications shade. We’ve now got a row of mini quick settings toggles readily available up top, above the full width notification cards. The toggles aren’t swipeable, but you can customize their order. Unfortunately we only get five rather than the six available in Android 7.1, but hopefully that’ll change with the next version update.

The Quick Settings area looks a lot like it does on the OnePlus 3T. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles fall into line with the other toggles and lose their mini-menu capabilities. The whole Quick Settings area no longer takes up the entire screen either but there are now multiple tabs so you can add as many shortcut as you wish.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

The brightness slider migrates south out of the way and the user shortcut changes sides because reasons. As before, you can edit the Quick Settings tile layout and any changes you make to the order will also be reflected in the mini toggles at the top of the notifications shade. The Quick Settings look a lot neater generally and there’s now a Data Saver toggle as well.

Recent apps and Split screen mode

Taking a look at the recent apps overview reveals cards that are much larger in Nougat than in Marshmallow and the three shortcuts along the bottom have been replaced by a single floating action button to Clear All.

Stock Android’s implementation of split screen mode is accessible via the app overview screen by dragging and app card to the top of the screen and selecting the secondary app from the bottom window. If you’re using on-screen navigation buttons you’ll also be able to launch split screen mode by long-pressing the recent apps button, but this functionality doesn’t work for capacitive buttons (yet).

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Quick app switching and Shelf

Quick app switching is also on board, allowing you to rapidly jump between your two most recent apps by double-tapping the recent apps button. There’s also plenty of other general Nougat additions like bundled notifications and Quick Reply, app locker for securing apps with a fingerprint, Data Saver, Doze Mode on the Go, notification priority and so on.

Shelf has been slightly redesigned and still lives on the left hand screen where Google Now used to live. It’s handy to have the ability to quickly take a note and see your Google Now cards, but OnePlus still hasn’t pushed Shelf to anywhere near essential status. Fortunately if you don’t use it it is easily disabled.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Customization and Settings

Long-pressing on the home screen brings up some new home screen management options. A new Settings icon has appeared, which takes you to a short menu with options for disabling Shelf, toggling two anywhere-on-the-homescreen gestures (swipe up for search and swipe down for notifications) and switching from the standard layout with an app drawer to one without. The customize menu now only shows the icon resizing tool with a couple of icon style options.

The Settings menu has received a bit of a visual makeover, taking its color scheme from the Google Pixel and rearranging some items. You’ll get Suggestions at the very top of the menu on occasion, just as in stock Nougat and other important information will be displayed here for example when you have Do Not Disturb enabled or are in Airplane Mode.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Summary information is visible in each Settings section, meaning you don’t have to access a menu to see what Wi-Fi network you’re connected to, your battery percentage or what Bluetooth devices are connected. A new sub-section called Custom appears right below Wireless & Networks, but basically contains stuff you’d already know: Alert Slider settings, Button options and shortcuts, gestures and status bar icon settings.

The Display menu has absorbed a couple of the Customization menu options from Marshmallow, being home to Night Mode (which is an awful shade of yellow) as well as Themes and Nougat’s stock DPI scaling feature which alleviates the bugginess of OnePlus’ resizing options on Marshmallow.

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Themes and more

The default theme is light with blue highlights and gray Quick Settings and menu headers. If you switch to the light or dark theme you’ll be able to choose your accent color from the familiar palette and your header areas and Quick Settings will either become white or black rather than gray. In the default theme you don’t have any other highlight color option than blue.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

Sounds & Notifications have been split up, now getting their own dedicated sub-sections in the Settings and you’ll also have access to Nougat’s quick access Settings menu, so no matter how deep you are in sub-menus you can always quickly access the top level settings. Swiping out from the left seems to work consistently, but tapping the hamburger menu icon sometimes drags the pane out and other times goes full screen.

At the very bottom of the Settings menu you’ll see an Advanced section that contains Accessibility settings, a toggle for Pocket Mode, access to the user experience program and options for the Clear All button in the recent apps overview (clear the task list and cache or clear task list, cache and background processes). The software update screen has now added local upgrade and auto-download options too and there’s a new-look power off menu with no screenshot option.

Initial impressions

Despite being a beta release, the Nougat beta on the OnePlus 3 is remarkably stable, with only the occasional crash or stutter. With only a few weeks until the official Nougat update arrives, it’s probably not worth flashing on your daily driver unless you’re really keen to check it out (and OnePlus has now removed the download link), but it does bode very well for what’s about to come.

Android Nougat on the OnePlus 3 is impressive, even in beta

There’s not much point discussing battery life, general performance or the touch latency issue because these will all be dealt with in the official Nougat release for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Speaking of the OnePlus 3T, if you do a fresh install of the Nougat beta on your OnePlus 3 you’ll also enable the F2FS file system the 3T introduced, which uses flash storage for faster load times.

After seeing some of weird and wonderful things floating around in the community builds for the OnePlus 3 I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the restraint shown in the Nougat beta. While some other changes might still arrive in the final firmware, what I’m seeing right now is very promising.

It may be a little early to say OnePlus has turned its software reputation around, but it did deliver the Nougat beta on schedule and has done a very good job of it. The additions made to stock Nougat are useful and well thought out, the entire interface is relatively clean and consistent (even if the location of a few settings is a little odd) and if OnePlus can start getting updates out on time, we’re in for an enjoyable 2017.

How do you like the Nougat beta? Any features you want that are currently missing?

OnePlus 3 Nougat update available for download via OxygenOS Open Beta 8

OnePlus 3 owners who don’t mind getting their hands dirty with beta software can finally update their phone to Android 7.0 Nougat. People who have the recently discontinued phone can download OxygenOS Open Beta 8, which adds support for Nougat.

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June 14, 2016

Since this is a beta build, you may experience more bugs than normal

In a post on the company’s forums, it mentions this beta release may have more bugs than normal, because of its move to a new version of Android. Therefore, OnePlus 3 owners definitely should download Open Beta 8 at their own risk. That being said, the update to Nougat will bring features such as custom DPI support, multi-window view and much more.

There are some known issues with this beta build, including some stability and performance bugs and the fact that Android Pay may no longer work. Also, users should be aware that once they download and install Open Beta 8 on the OnePlus 3, they won’t be able to directly downgrade the build back to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The good news is that customer support can supply a flash install back down to Marshmallow but it will format your smartphone.

OnePlus has already stated it plans to release the final Nougat OTA update for both the OnePlus 3 and the recently launched OnePlus 3T by the end of the year. However, it does not plan to release Nougat as an open beta for OnePlus 3T owners.

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Carl Pei on OnePlus 3/3T touch latency issues: “Nougat has higher priority”

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The OnePlus 3T and the recently discontinued OnePlus 3 are great, powerful devices. But as with all flagships, they are not without faults. Some users have recently been complaining about touch latency issues on their OnePlus 3/3T smartphone, both before and after the Oxygen OS update last week.

Touch latency, in case you didn’t know, is the delay between your input/touch and the response of the touchscreen. The average latency on high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 is around 50 ms. But on the latest OnePlus devices, the latency has been measured at almost double that of its competitors — 93 ms.

Chances are that in most scenarios you won’t be able to notice any latency issues. But the problem does become apparent when you have numerous rapid screen interactions like, for example, typing really fast or performing short scrolling gestures. Thankfully, it’s not caused by a hardware malfunction, which means that OnePlus will be able to fix it with a software update. Eventually.

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Carl Pei, one of the founders of OnePlus, has already addressed the issues via a tweet. He stated that the company is aware of the latency issue and will “look at it soon”. But for now, the Nougat update, which should hit the OnePlus 3/3T by the end of the year, is more important.

So, in case you have been experiencing any latency issues with your OnePlus device, you’ll have to wait for a little while before the company sorts it out.

If you have noticed any latency problems with your OnePlus device, do let us know in the comments below.

OxygenOS 3.2.8 update is rolling out to the OnePlus 3 now

OnePlus has released a software update for the OnePlus 3. Before you get too excited, let me just start by saying that this is not the promised Nougat update you are all waiting for. According to the company, Google’s latest version of its OS will hit the recently announced OnePlus 3T and its slightly older discontinued brother by the end of the year.

For now, the OnePlus 3 has been updated to OxygenOS version 3.2.8, which brings a few incremental features to the device. The most interesting one is the addition of 1080p 60fps video recording, hinted at recently by the team in a Reddit AMA.

The update also adds an emergency calling feature for Indian users, which can be triggered by pressing the power button three times, as well as Snapchat optimization — with fixes for video calling and scrolling lags. And as always, general bug fixes that should hopefully make the device run even smoother are included in the latest version of OxygenOS.

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The OnePlus 3 will get every update the OnePlus 3T does

3 days ago

If you own a OnePlus 3, keep in mind that the update won’t hit all devices at once. A small percentage of users should receive it today, while the rest will be able to download it over the course of the next few days.

Let us know when you receive the update and what you think of it in the comment section below. We always love to hear your thoughts on these things.

The OnePlus 3 will get updates just as long as the OnePlus 3T

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Following the arrival of the updated OnePlus 3T and discontinuation of the original OnePlus 3, owners of the original device were feeling a little trepidatious that they may be left behind. We’ve already confirmed that updates for both devices will arrive at the same time, but we now have confirmation that the OnePlus 3 will get every update the OnePlus 3T receives, effectively adding six months to its update shelf life.

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Android Nougat update: when will you get it?

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To be clear, the OnePlus 3, despite coming out six months earlier than the 3T, will continue to receive updates alongside the OnePlus 3T until the newer device reaches the end of its update life cycle. This is obviously great news for any OnePlus 3 owners worried about the update fate of their now “old” device.

The OnePlus 3 will continue to receive updates alongside the OnePlus 3T until the newer device reaches the end of its update life cycle.

Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn’t make any guarantees on exactly how long a device will receive support, so it’s hard to predict which Android version will be the last update you can expect for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Of course, even if we had a solid end date for support, that still leaves the question of OnePlus’ ability to deliver a new Android version in a timely manner.

Software has always been OnePlus’ biggest weak spot. Not the quality of the software, mind you, just the company’s ability to actually get it out. On this front it’s safe to say that OnePlus’ update reputation is… let’s say, besmirched. But it looks like the company is at least trying to turn that reputation around. Let’s just hope that this time the promise pans out.

What Android version do you expect to be the last for the OnePlus 3 family?

OnePlus 3 receives OxygenOS 3.5.5 Beta 7 update

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OnePlus has released another beta build for its OnePlus 3 handset today, but unfortunately there’s still no sign of Android 7.0 Nougat. Those eagerly awaiting that update should remain optimistic though, as it is reported to land before the end of the year. Instead, the handset is being updated to OxygenOS 3.5.5 Beta 7 today, and this upgrade packs in a small selection of notable new features and improvements for owners.

The update only weighs in at 59MB, so there’s no major overhaul expected here. However, the 3.5.5 Beta 7 update does include an entirely new audio tuner. This feature can be found under Settings > Sound > Audio. There’s also a background app freezing mechanism that should help to prolong battery life, along with tweaks to the UI’s clock and accent color.

OnePlus 3 receives OxygenOS 3.5.5 Beta 7 update

As you would expect, there is also a selection of bug fixes included in this update too. The black screen issue that has been plaguing some gamers upon closing a title has been fixed, launcher related crashes should now be a thing of the past, and the update boasts an overall improvement to system stability. OnePlus 3 owners will also find that Android’s October security patch has been included in this update, so the phone is secure from the latest OS exploits.

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OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will both get Nougat next month

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As a beta update, this OTA will only roll out to those who have already enrolled into the beta branch, which you can still do if you want to be on the cutting edge of OnePlus 3 software. Don’t fret if you haven’t spotted the notification yet, OnePlus says that it will take a few days for the update to hit everyone around the globe.