OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are now in Open Beta OS with Boot Animation

The time for open beta OS for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3Thas come and with an ugly boot animation, unfortunately.

The official changelog showed that developers worked on adding some ‘soft’ screen calibration, worked on optimizing the clearing of some recent apps, had some minor bug fixes, updated the Community app to the newest version (1.9.5) and last but not least there’s a new boot animation.

To change screen calibration to ‘soft’ you’ll have to look for the setting in the ‘display > screen’ section

The Boot Animation is Mainly Perceived as Ugly, Hideous, Awful

Why ugly? It’s ugly because it could have been better. They just added an animation with a hand continuously writing in different fonts the slogan ‘Never Settle’. There’s nothing very wrong with it but so see this long animation while re-booting is quite annoying.

A lot of users commented on forums that this animation looks bad, it’s an embarrassing booting screen, the animation is awful, hideous, a 1st April joke and so on.

You can see the new animation in open beta builds 15 and 24 for both OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

Aside from the ugly animation users hope that the new animation is temporary and will not be here to stay with us too much.

Developers have written in their changelog on the official forum that they are happy to receive any bugs that users have encountered. All they have to is go to the feedback section on the OnePlus forums and report the bugs.

Meanwhile, all redditers and users on OnePlus forums hope for a different boot animation that will feature a cleaner and minimal animation.

Criticism is constructive and OnePlus fans hope that the design team will change their minds on this boot animation that won’t do justice to what the OnePlus smartphones have to offer, like a great AMOLED screen.

OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 Diwali discount offers, price in India

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Published:September 20, 2017 8:36 pm

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OnePlus today announced offers and discounts on OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T. During the first round of its pre-Diwali sale, the OnePlus 3T 128GB variant will be available at Rs 24,999 against the regular selling price of Rs 29,999. The promotional offer will last between September 21-24.

OnePlus 3T has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass on top. It runs OxygenOS based on Android Marshmallow, though the phone has been upgraded to Android Nougat now. OnePlus 3T is powered by Snapdragon 821 and comes with 6GB RAM. The battery has a 3400mAh capacity complete with Dash Charge support. OnePlus 3T offers a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus and 4K video recording and a 16MP shooter on the front.

OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The phone is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and comes with two RAM and storage variants: 6GB RAM+64GB storage and 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. OnePlus 5 has a dual rear camera with 16MP +20MP setup. It has a 16-megapixel front camera with a selfie flash. The device comes with a 3300mAh battery with support of Dash charging.

During the 4-day promotion period, customers can avail additional cashback of Rs 1,500 on HDFC bank credit and debit cards and up to 12 months of zero EMI on both phones. On the purchase of the OnePlus 5, customers are eligible for extra Rs 3,000 exchange offer, and domestic and international travel vouchers from Cleartrip worth Rs 25,000. Alternately, customers purchasing OnePlus 5 from will get free accessories such as sandstone cover and tempered glass.

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OnePlus 3T Receives Leaked Build of HydrogenOS Based on Android 8.0 Oreo

We’ve seen a number of OEMs such as OnePlus, Nokia, Sony, and others say they’re currently working on the Android 8.0 update, so it’s somewhat of a race to see which one is able to push out an OTA first. It was recently leaked that OnePlus has started a closed beta test of Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T with an alleged goal of rolling out an open beta by the end of this month. But today, OnePlus 3T users who want to get their hands on Android Oreo can do so through a leaked internal build of HydrogenOS that has been shared on our forums.

OnePlus manages two different versions of their software depending on your location. The company installs OxygenOS on most of their devices, but if your phone originated in China (or maybe you just manually flashed it yourself) then it will have HydrogenOS installed on it. For the most part, these two look and function mostly the same but there are some subtle differences (such as no Google apps and some pre-installed Chinese apps on HydrogenOS).

Apparently, a leaked version of a closed beta test for HydrogenOS based on Android 8.0 Oreo has been posted online and can try it out right now. XDA Junior Member  has uploaded a version to our OnePlus 3T forum and this was mirrored by XDA Member standbyme91 so there are multiple sources you can download it from.

Remember though, this is the Chinese version of the ROM so while you can set the language to English, it will not be the same OxygenOS that you are used to. Plus, there are no Google apps pre-installed. However, you can install the Google Play Store from the pre-installed Market App.

Reports say that installing this will lock the bootloader. Nearly all hardware aspects of the device are reported to work, and some users have even tested and confirmed that VoLTE works. A user also confirmed that Project Treble is not on board with this release, but we shouldn’t assume that this will always be the case since we’re still some time away from an official release. On the other hand, users are reporting that rootless Substratum theme support works on this build, which is great news for fans of custom themes!

If you want to try it out, be sure to read the thread in full before flashing because it requires you to use the MsmDownloadTool so it isn’t a conventional installation. Again, do not flash this if you are not comfortable messing with your phone.

Download HydrogenOS based on Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3T

OxygenOS Open Beta 24/15 Released For the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has announced the release of OxygenOS Open Beta 24 and Open Beta 15 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, respectively. Unlike the last update, which was loaded with a plethora of new features and UX improvements, this has a comparatively smaller changelog.

Speaking of the changes, the new update brings in “Soft” screen calibration mode, new boot animations, optimization to recent apps clearing, an update to Community app, and some bug fixing.

More importantly, though, the changelog for the update states that the recently discovered BlueBorne vulnerability has also been patched in this update. In case you are not aware, earlier this week, IoT security firm Armis Labs discovered a major Bluetooth vulnerability which could enable an attacker to gain unauthorized access to unpatched Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices. BlueBorne is pretty dangerous in a sense that the attacker doesn’t even need to pair to the target device nor it requires any user interaction in order to gain the full control of the target device.

OnePlus notes that they have to fixed this vulnerability with their own patch independent of the Android security update, and that some BlueBorne vulnerability scanners may fail to recognize their independent patch.

As always, if you’re already running the latest version of Open Beta, you can look forward to receiving this new update via OTA. If you aren’t, you can head over to the OnePlus download page for more details on how to manually flash the beta ROM on your device.

Here is the complete changelog for OxygenOS Open Beta 24/15:


  • Added “Soft” screen calibration
    We’ve reverted the screen calibration and added the new calibration from last build as “soft.” You can enable the new calibration in the “display> screen” calibration section of settings
  • New boot animation
  • Optimized the clearing of recent apps


  • Updated Community app to V1.9.5
  • Minor bug fixes

Source: OnePlus

OnePlus 5 to go on sale via select Croma stores from September 19

OnePlus 5 was unveiled on June 20 and released in India on June 22. Even since this launch, the smartphone has been exclusive to the online retailer Amazon India and OnePlus online store. This condition might change from the next week.

OnePlus 5 to go on sale via select Croma stores from September 19

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has joined hands with the retail chain Croma to increase the offline availability of the OnePlus 5. So long, the OnePlus 5 was available offline only via the OnePlus Experience stores and these stores are located only in Bengaluru and Delhi. Starting from September 19, the customers who are interested in buying the OnePlus 5 can do so from select Croma stores in major cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad.

Notably, this is the first time that OnePlus has teamed up with a retail outlet in order to make its smartphones available offline in India.

Going by the recent media reports, the OnePlus 5 is all set to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of this year. The company’s founder and CEO, Pete Lau has confirmed the same. The update also hit the yesteryear flagship models – OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. In fact, OnePlus has already started testing the Oreo update on the OnePlus 3 and the testing will soon debut on OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T. The update will be rolled out to the users once the testing is successfully completed

The OnePlus 5 has been made in India by Oppo. It is one of the best sellers in the Indian smartphone arena right now. In fact, a recent report has revealed that OnePlus has achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating with 100% buyers saying that they are satisfied with the brand. Undoubtedly, the company is focusing more on the user experience by rolling out timely updates with bug fixes to its smartphones.

OnePlus 5 Review: 3 Months Later

The OnePlus 5 has been on the market for about 3 months providing a solution for those who want a powerful, near stock Android smartphone with a modest price. A lot has changed in the last few months as new flagships are being launched left and right by the establishment. We have the LG V30, Moto Z2 Force, the Note 8, iPhone 8, and even the iPhone X. Where does the OnePlus 5 fit in with the competition and is it still worth its $479 price?

One area that I’ve always been able to count on with OnePlus devices is the performance. With a Snapdragon 835 processor with up to 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus 5 is still one of the fastest smartphones in the market and it will be for quite some time. I’ll admit, it’s rare you find a mid-tier or high-end smartphone with performance issues these days. But a lot of what alters the speed and smooth experience of a smartphone is the software and the skin running on top of Android. The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS which has been updated since launch and the latest version of Android Nougat. Because it is so lightweight and backed up with topnotch hardware, it runs extremely well.

I read a lot of your comments and many of you dislike stock Android, calling it boring because of the lack of OEM features. What’s neat about this phone is that it technically runs OxygenOS, which has a bunch of customizable features to further tweak Android. There are gestures and other features like a reading mode that will turn content black and white to make it easier on the eyes. And in my experience over the last few months, I have yet to really get bored with this phone. It holds up pretty darn well. I think it’s really tough to get bored with Android in general, given how many different ways you can customize an Android smartphone. And when I use this phone as my daily driver, I don’t really find myself severely missing my iPhone 7 Plus or Note 8 when it comes to taking pictures. I mean the 16-megapixel main shooter performs surprisingly well in low-light scenarios, thanks to the wide f/1.7 aperture. And if I’m itching to use my iPhone 7 Plus for the telephoto lens, I just switch to the 16-megapixel telephoto lens in the OnePlus 5. What I actually miss most is Optical Image Stabilization because I do find it a bit tough to get a crispy photo when I’m not completely still, which is often the case when I take photos. The 16-megapixel front-facing sensor has performed as well or better than some of the higher end smartphone front-facing camera sensors that I’ve tested.

The build of the OnePlus 5 is surely high class with the use of predominately aluminum. I doubt we’ll see a 3.5mm headphone jack in the next OnePlus device so definitely cherish it while it lasts if you do decide to upgrade to the OP 5. While I do use wireless headphones. I actually use the headphone jack for playback via my car stereo so I do appreciate it being here.

Now you don’t get a lot of bells and whistles like wireless charging or a fancy S Pen stylus or front-facing speakers. But you’re also not paying for all these extra features. One feature that really jacks up the price of a smartphone that has yet to really prove its worth is an edge-to-edge display. This display, it has very thin side bezels. But as you can see, the top and bottom shins are pretty thick.

For some of you out there, the OnePlus 5 might offer the best of both worlds: an AMOLED display with thin side bezels and a 1080p resolution to conserve battery life. When the OnePlus 5 was first launched, one of my biggest concerns was the battery life, because it has a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T which has 3400mAh battery. But in my testing, I find that it still lasts me through a full day of moderate to heavy usage with auto brightness turned on.

The OnePlus 5 starts at $479 and that price continues to look better and better as all these high-end flagships are released costing nearly $1,000. I can still recommend the OnePlus 5 for those looking for some of the best bang for your buck. The unit you see in this video was sent to us from our friends over at We partnered with them because they often price the smartphone for less than the $479 price on OnePlus’ website.


OnePlus 5 Special Edition Will Launch Next Week Sporting A New Look

OnePlus is all set to launch the special edition of their flagship model, the OnePlus 5, on September 19 and it’s creating a buzz in the social media as expected. The special edition OnePlus 5 has been designed in partnership with famous French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.


To the slight disappointment of followers, the company is not going to introduce any new variant. More so because they had released the OnePlus 5 just three months ago.

Of course, the Chinese company will not risk the retail value of their flagship smartphone so early.

The invite sent around by OnePlus doesn’t give us any idea about what to expect from the special edition. So far, all that we can speculate is that the OnePlus 5 Special Edition will get a revamp from one of the most celebrated artists in Paris, where the launch event is going to take place.

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Invite for the launch of OnePlus 5 special edition

The new edition may come along with new color options and the designer logo on its back. This is a collaborative move on the part of OnePlus to uphold their design value and boost the style quotient of their flagship model, the OnePlus 5.

The invite itself says, “When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris …” This hints at the company’s focus towards re-establishing their USP as the manufacturer of well-designed smartphones.

When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris …

If you walk down the memory lane, you’ll remember that OnePlus had done the same thing in March when it joined hands with the Paris-based fashion boutique, Collete, and announced the limited edition OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 3T sported a sleek black look and the Collete logo on its back – the same thing may happen to the OnePlus 5.

Hard to Get

It is also being speculated that the special edition OnePlus 5 will have a limited number of units as was the case with the limited edition OnePlus 3T. In March, we saw only 250 units of the OnePlus 3T being rolled out for the public. We can expect something along the same lines with the OnePlus 5, making it hard for customers to get their hands on one.

However, OnePlus still hasn’t announced how many units it will release next week. But we hope the number is higher than what it was for the limited edition OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 5 Special Edition To Launch On September 19

I have been using OnePlus 5 for the last few weeks. It’s a damn good phone at an affordable price tag. The Chinese vendor launched its latest flagship only about three months ago. Now it is gearing up to launch a OnePlus 5 Special Edition next week. OnePlus will hold an event on Tuesday, September 19 in Paris, where it is widely expected to show off the OnePlus 5 Special Edition, reports Tech Advisor.

OnePlus 5 Special Edition
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OnePlus 5 Special Edition to Castelbajac logo on the back?

The smartphone vendor has sent out media invites for the event. Though OnePlus didn’t mention what it is going to unveil at the Paris show, it dropped tons of hints about the special edition flagship phone. The caption reads, “When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris…” The term “machine” refers to a phone. The phrase “when the style meets its machine” may refer to a special phone with refined looks.

The company could also offer a new color option with the OnePlus 5 Special Edition. The special versions are often available in limited stock. Tech Advisor says the media invites also include the name of famous French designer Castelbajac. It indicates that OnePlus will team up with designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. We won’t be surprised if the new phone includes the designer’s logo on the back.

“OnePlus and Castelbajac share a common dream: to disrupt the norm and show the world more is possible,” said OnePlus on its website. The vendor did something similar in March this year by joining hands with Colette for a limited edition OnePlus 3T. It came in a new black color, and the Colette logo on the back. In terms of specs, it was similar to the standard version.

However, OnePlus had launched only 250 units of the limited edition OnePlus 3T, which were sold only at Colette stores in Paris. The Castelbajac OnePlus 5 Special Edition is also expected to be available only in limited quantities, though the exact number of units is not known. Fans would appreciate it if OnePlus launches the new variant in sufficient quantities and sells them online as well.

OnePlus 5 is a premium phone at mid-range price

OnePlus 5 was launched in two color options – slate gray and midnight black – in June. The company later added a new soft gold color. The device has a starting price of $479. OnePlus 5 comes in two versions – one packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and another offers 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, the same chipset that runs the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and Galaxy Note 8.

OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch optic AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device offers dual SIM support and comes with OxygenOS based on Android Nougat software. It has a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge technology. The phone has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and fingerprint sensor for security. OnePlus 5 has an anodized aluminum body.

OnePlus improves camera with software update

On the camera front, it offers a 16MP wide-angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. The wide-angle lens supports Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which allows users to take better pictures in low-light conditions. The device allows you to capture 4K videos at 30fps, and take photos with “bokeh’ effects.

On the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera with EIS and an f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus recently rolled out a software update (OxygenOS version 4.5.10) over the air to further improve the camera performance. The latest version of the software reduces noise when taking photos in low-light conditions. It also offers texture improvements and improved camera stability when shooting videos at 60fps.

OnePlus 6 release date and rumours: What will next year’s OnePlus handset look like?

OnePlus has completely disrupted the market with its series of excellent but affordable smartphones. The recently released OnePlus 5 continues in that tradition – albeit at a higher price than we’ve become accustomed to.

This week, the Chinese company set minds racing by announcing a mystery event in Paris on 19 September: a new collection in collaboration with French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Could this be something OnePlus 6 related? Almost certainly not. The clever

Almost certainly not. It could plausibly relate to a OnePlus 3T style device – a placeholder between two handsets – but even a OnePlus 5T seems a touch unlikely, given the timeframe that would be involved. The OnePlus 5 only came out in June, after all. It more likely relates to a special edition OnePlus 5, but we can dream.

As you might expect, there’s not much to say about the OnePlus 6 yet. But we’ve got to start somewhere, and at the very least there are some interesting discussion points…

OnePlus 6: Rumours

There aren’t really any rumours yet. The closest we’ve come to one is OnePlus founder Carl Pei asking a Reddit user where they preferred the fingerprint reader. I mean, it’s interesting that he’s open minded on the topic, but it’s hardly the basis of a convincing rumour.

Other than that, we’re expecting the OnePlus 6 to stick with the dual lens camera, given the success of the model on the OnePlus 5. Rumours of a bump to a 2K screen have been doing the rounds for several generations now, and once again they’re in full flow here. In support: most flagship phones hit that level, and if you want a device for VR, it’s a sensible strategy. The case against: it’s more expensive, hits battery and isn’t that helpful for 95% of smartphone use cases.

We think they’re sticking with the headphone jack though. Carl Pei once put the idea to his Twitter followers in an informal poll, and it was roundly defeated.

OnePlus 6: Release date

The OnePlus One launched in April 2014. The OnePlus 2 was July 2015, and the OnePlus 3 appeared in June 2016. The OnePlus 3T bucked the trend with a November 2016 launch, but it was an incremental update, before the OnePlus 5 arrived in June 2017.

With that in mind, June-July 2018 seems pretty likely to us – unless they treat us to a OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus 6: Price

This is where it gets a bit tricky.

The series has undergone some serious price hikes since its debut in 2014, jumping from £229 to £450 in three years.

It could get worse. In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Pei suggested the company could consider making a smartphone that costs over $800 (~£612). “Costs are increasing YoY, we only make flagship products, and we don’t believe in selling products at a loss,” Pei explained.

With these two factors in mind, you’d be foolish to bet on the price dropping below £450 – but it may not go too much higher, as the company clearly still plans to undercut. With that in mind, I’d predict a handset that costs around £500 when it launches – but as ever, we’ll be updating this piece when we know more.

Why OnePlus is Still Succeeding with Developers and Enthusiasts

We all know OnePlus to be a brand that began its journey through controversy. The OnePlus One remained in the limelight not only for its hardware and price tag, but also for all the claims and tactics employed by OnePlus to ensure that the device became one of the most talked about smartphones in enthusiast circles. It was an exercise in viral online marketing, and they arguably succeeded.


With the OnePlus 2, they tried to adopt a slightly different approach than what worked with the OnePlus One. While the company doubled down on hyperbole with the “2016 Flagship Killer” moniker, OnePlus did tone down their once socially-controversial marketing tactics, foregoing practices such as “Ladies First” and the thoroughly-hated Invite system. What they also toned down was the developer friendliness of the device, as a few key resources (like sources for the fingerprint sensor and laser autofocus for the camera, and VoLTE support) were not delivered to the community at the times requested. As such, the development scene of the phone could not reach the levels of its predecessor.

After the OnePlus 2 Update Trainwreck, Software Support is Paramount to OnePlus’ Success

The OnePlus X, although a capable product targeting an increasingly forgotten niche (small-screen smartphones), was rather awkwardly placed in market for a fair few reasons: some related to its smaller screen size and hence subsequent demand, and some related to the average-at-best hardware… ultimately the phone could never take off.

And then came the OnePlus 3. The actual 2016 flagship (pre-3T) fixed a lot of wrongs with the OnePlus 2. Combined with the best SoC from Qualcomm in the form of the Snapdragon 820, the OnePlus 3 was better suited for the flagship killer moniker based on its commendable performance. The phone could stand up against several flagships in terms of overall hardware, some hovering at twice the price, and still come out ahead. There were a few drawbacks with the device, like an average camera experience, but such issues could be overlooked when considering the phone’s price and rest of the hardware and software experience, as well as genuinely useful features like Dash Charge or the alert slider.

Suggested reading: Dissecting Performance: What Makes the OnePlus 3 & 3T Excellent Real-World Performers

Something OnePlus also improved on the OnePlus 3 was its developer responsiveness, communication and strategy. The company was perhaps fearing repeating the mistakes they had made with the OnePlus 2, and seeing how the community collectively hated OnePlus’s attitude towards the device, they turned over a new leaf. The company started off on the right foot by dismantling the criticized invite-system for the device for good. This was followed up by a very quick release of the kernel sources and device tree for the device — mere hours after the launch of the phone. We even saw one of the quickest CyanogenMod (unofficial) releases ever. Developers did note that one key feature and major selling point was missing from the sources: Dash Charging. OnePlus promised that this would reach developers eventually, and followed up on the promise by releasing the Dash Charging kernel code and proprietary binaries in about six weeks of the phone’s release. We still have not achieved resolution when it comes to the issue related to camera quality on custom ROMs, though that’s not really the fault of OnePlus due to the fact that open sourcing the camera HAL is not be as easy as Carl Pei originally thought. Either way, OnePlus did go out of its way to help developers by setting up communication channels with them, and in some cases handing out units to them as well.

Roughly a year ago, OnePlus also announced a key change with how it handled software and updates. OnePlus was looking at merging its Chinese software UX, HydrogenOS with its global software UX, OxygenOS. The primary purpose of this merger was to combine both the teams onto the same roadmap and provide quicker software updates to all users, irrespective of region. Originally, people questioned how this change would shape up the new OxygenOS experience, as HydrogenOS tended to lean towards a brighter and more customized UX, one that was likely appreciated by users in China but was not liked as much in the global market given it was quite removed from Stock Android. However, as we have witnessed so far, a lot of the changes in OxygenOS over the year have been unanimously accepted by the users. Some changes, like the Alert Slider changes do continue to infuriate some users. But for the most part, the response to OxygenOS has been positive as it balances itself between customizations and a close to stock Android feel (as opposed to HydrogenOS, a direction that could have been taken by OnePlus).

The major highlight of OxygenOS from an enthusiast’s perspective is the division of updates between the Stable branch and the Open Beta branch (previously known as Community builds). Such a division clearly divided the needs of the enthusiast community from that of the average consumer, allowing OnePlus to serve the needs of both without alienating the other. An average consumer is a lot less accommodating towards bugs and would gladly wait for a polished product instead of something that could break during daily use. An enthusiast on the other hand, often trades that expectation of stability for a chance to try out the latest developmental and experimental features right now and provides feedback to help shape the future of such features.

The Open Beta essentially serves as a very long soak test. Most other OEMs resort to private soak testing before beginning staged rollouts, and then sometimes end up pausing such rollouts when unforeseen bugs appear. Adopting the Open Beta approach allows OnePlus to secure a wider tester audience, a wider timeframe and wider use cases to test and polish updates before beginning their rollouts in the stable channel. And, unlike traditional soak tests, they actually make it an effort to continuously add new features.

The Open Betas themselves have become very popular within the enthusiast community. Despite not being considered as stable themselves, the builds are usually fine for general usage and are good candidates for daily drivers for people who do not mind an occasional bug. Over the year, and as far as the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are concerned, OxygenOS Open Betas have played testing ground to features like expanded screenshots, data firewall and data saver, gaming do not disturb mode, automatic night mode, EIS and camera quality improvements, ambient display and lift up display, app locker, parallel apps and much, much more. As a consequence though, there is a significant time lag in these features appearing in Open Betas to them appearing in the Stable release, even after they have been seemingly perfected.

With the launch of the OnePlus 3T, some were concerned that OnePlus would be ignoring the OnePlus 3 to favor the newer device. These were fueled by OnePlus’ decision to entirely discontinue the sales of the OnePlus 3 after existing stock depletion despite the device being just about half a year old. But as they promised, software support for the OnePlus 3 continued alongside the OnePlus 3T. With the merging of OxygenOS for both the devices into a single unified build, both devices have essentially become the same phone as far as software is concerned. The unified build approach was also adopted by the custom ROM development community and most major works present in our forums provide a single set of modifications to be applied irrespective of the specific phone (3 or 3T), with certain packages discerning how to apply specific changes upon flashing. So while many people would still consider a half yearly upgrade controversial and largely unnecessary, myself included, it did have an impact in how the developer community shaped around these two devices. A refresh may have just prolonged the scope of the OnePlus 3 by convincing more people to purchase a OnePlus 3T, in turn increasing the combined user base.

OnePlus’s rediscovered willingness to aid developers thankfully did not stop at the OnePlus 3/3T, even though they had a few setbacks as they haven’t always complied with the GPLv2 in time. When the OnePlus 5 arrived, it came along with the device tree and kernel sources needed to kickstart development activities right at the get-go. The phone followed it up with several OxygenOS updates that added in missing features like EIS capabilities on 4K video as well as several bugfixes. The OnePlus 5 does not have an Open Beta program just yet, but this will change once the OnePlus 3/3T are updated to Android Oreo.

What happens to the OnePlus 3 and 3T after Oreo?

Sadly, it is too early to say what happens when OnePlus brings over Oreo to the 3/3T. Android 8.0 will be the final major version update for this set of devices from OnePlus, so the phones will very likely need to rely on the community to help it tide over the rest of its years. That is not to say that the OnePlus 3/3T will not receive any updates beyond Oreo as OnePlus’s statement does leave open the possibility of smaller, minor updates.

And the Oreo update just seems to be right around the corner. The OnePlus 3 Closed Beta group has already received its first taste of Android Oreo, and the company aims to deliver an Oreo build to the Open Beta channels by the end of September for the OnePlus 3/3T as well as the OnePlus 5. For a change, OnePlus is not mentioning any deadlines for delivering Oreo in the stable channels, preferring to just act quick and hopefully let their actions speak for themselves.

What we would like to point out with this article is that OnePlus as a company does appear to have evolved into a more mature entity, one that realizes that fulfilling promises matters, and that actions can speak louder than words. The OnePlus 2 was criticized heavily for being a classic case of overpromising, compromising and under delivering, but the past year with the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and now with the OnePlus 5, the situation does appear changed.

That is not to say that OnePlus is without faults, nor is it to say that their current products are free from any issues. In fact, we at XDA-Developers have been the first ones to break controversial articles highlighting several shortcomings. We criticized the OnePlus 3 and its aggressive RAM management and inaccurate display calibration in the Reviewer software builds; to which OnePlus had to respond with a Reviewer OTA that fixed these issues. We revealed upon the OnePlus 5 launch how OnePlus was manipulating benchmarks to maximize scores; to which OnePlus responded with statements that mentioned that these were intended to showcase the peak potential of the device, and that such performance is “natural” (we disagree) as well as sustainable and does no harm to the device as there is no overclocking involved. The OnePlus 5 inverted display issue which caused jelly scrolling was also documented and confirmed by us;  to which OnePlus responded that the visual effect is “natural” and there exists no variance in screens between devices. We’ve also covered the 911-reboot bug on the OnePlus 5; OnePlus responded with a quick hotfix OTA update as well as followed it up by explaining the cause of the bug and mentioning that they worked with Qualcomm directly to fix the issue (which was reportedly present on phones from other OEMs as well).

The frequency and timeliness of the responses to these “controversies” is what differentiates the OnePlus of 2015 from the company post-OnePlus 2; even if the responses may not be what we would have liked them to be. Overall, their public relations team has seemingly done a good job at responding to the hiccups the company has had, even if they lost a few fans along the way. The community still has a few complaints carried over from the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X as well, like how the Marshmallow update for the X was delayed for far too long; and how OnePlus backtracked on their own promise to deliver Nougat to their 2016 flagship killer after keeping owners in the dark for several months.

But beyond that, it’s fair to say that the OnePlus 3 marked the company’s coming of age as an OEM. And as members of a website that focuses on software modifications, it’s refreshing to see that their flagships have at least partially filled in the void left behind by the demise of the Nexus program. All of OnePlus’ devices have already received unofficial Android 8.0 Oreo builds:

So it’s not too difficult to see why OnePlus continues to remain a popular choice in our forums, and why it’s becoming increasingly popular among mainstream consumers in several markets as well (for different reasons). Their ability to respond to their vocal community definitely had a hand in their recent successes, or at the very least, minimizing their recent missteps (and there have been many).