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 Amazon.in 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 oneplusstore.in 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.


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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:

System:

  • 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

Other:

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

Source: OnePlus

You can buy OnePlus 5 from Croma retail stores from today

OnePlus initially relied on the online sales for its flagship smartphones starting with the OnePlus One. In fact, the company started with the invite basis of sales during its early days.

You can buy OnePlus 5 from Croma retail stores from today

After three successful years of operation in India, it looks like OnePlus is now looking forward to focus on the offline availability. We say so as the company is expanding the presence of its recent flagship – the OnePlus 5. Lately, we came across a teaser put up on the official Twitter handle of OnePlus regarding the availability of the OnePlus 5 via select Croma stores. Starting today, the flagship smartphone will be available offline via the Croma stores in the country in addition to the OnePlus Experience Stores.

OnePlus has teamed up with Croma Retail to expand the availability of the OnePlus 5. Initially, Croma outlets in cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Hyderabad will sell the OnePlus 5.

As an introductory offer, the company is offering freebies to lure the buyers. Those who purchase the OnePlus 5 from Croma will get free Bullets V2 earphones and a flip cover as well. There is good news for the existing OnePlus 5 users as they can get a free flip cover by visiting a Croma Retail store.

Interestingly, the offline price of the OnePlus 5 at the Croma stores is the same as the pricing on Amazon India. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 32,999 and the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 37,999 respectively.

It remains unsurprising to see OnePlus starting to focus on the offline availability as several other smartphone brands are looking forward to increase the sales of their smartphones via the retail stores. Given that Oppo and Vivo are into aggressive marketing of their products via the local mobile retailers, OnePlus has to buck up with the offline availability. Even Xiaomi has started focusing on the same by opening Mi Home Stores in the major cities across the country.

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 GearBest.com. 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.

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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
Image Source: OnePlus.net (screenshot)

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.