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OnePlus Starts Rolling Out OxygenOS 4.7.4 OTA For OnePlus 5T

In less than a month of launching OnePlus 5T, the Chinese smartphone vendor has rolled out the second software update for its latest flagship. OnePlus announced in its community forum that it had started pushing out the OxygenOS version 4.7.4 to OnePlus 5T. The update is being rolled out in a phased manner. If you haven’t already received the update, you can expect it to arrive in the next few days.

OnePlus 5T OxygenOS 4.7.4 Update
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Camera improvement is the biggest highlight of OxygenOS 4.7.4

You can check if the over-the-air (OTA) firmware update is available on your phone by going to Settings > System Updates. The OxygenOS 4.7.4 is 285MB in size, and is based on Android Nougat. You should back up your data before installing the update, just to ensure that you don’t end up losing your precious data. OnePlus had been seeking early user feedback to improve many features on the OnePlus 5T. The latest update is the result of the consumer feedback.

Jimmy Z of OnePlus wrote in the forum post that the company appreciated the “active feedback” provided by users on the early versions of OnePlus 5T. The OxygenOS version 4.7.4 brings improvements to the Face Unlock, dual camera, vibration motor, battery, and speakers. It also brings system and UI optimizations.

The biggest change is in the Camera app. Many OnePlus 5T owners had previously complained that the camera would capture out of focus shots. The problem has been fixed with the new update, allowing the phone to shoot much better pictures. Photos taken after installing the update seem to have less noise in low-light conditions. OnePlus has also improved the front-facing camera.

According to the changelog, the OxygenOS 4.7.4 also optimizes the default camera app’s user interface and enhances the overall image quality. The update also improves the quality of the external speaker and earphone. It also enhances the reliability of the GPS and fingerprint sensors. The new firmware brings optimization for battery usage over WiFi, besides system stability improvements.

No fix for the Beautification mode

The update doesn’t seem to fix the problem of Beautification mode being turned on in the camera app by default. The always-on Beautification mode would make selfies feel too smoothened out rather than natural. There was no way to turn it off. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had said that the Beautification mode would be turned on by default in select Asian countries.

Last month, OnePlus had rolled out the OxygenOS version 4.7.2 for OnePlus 5T with improvements to the Face Unlock and fingerprint scanner. The company has also pushed out the Android Oreo update to OnePlus 3 and 3T users. Android Oreo for OnePlus 5 and 5T is currently in the Open Beta testing phase, and will be rolled out to the public by early 2018.

OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition to go on sale in Europe next week

OnePlus is bringing the Star Wars edition of OnePlus 5T to the European market. Previously, the Star Wars version was believed to be exclusive to India. However, it will be available for purchase only in three European markets – Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. Customers will be able to purchase it on Dec.13 at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Tennis Palace. You will be able to buy it directly from OnePlus’s website starting December 14.

The Star Wars edition of the device is going to cost €500 for the 6GB RAM Model and €560 for the 8GB RAM variant, the same as the regular Midnight Black version. The Star Wars version comes in a white color option. It will have the same technical specifications as the regular OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus 5T is the company’s first smartphone with an edge-to-edge display. It’s not completely bezel-less like Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone X, though it has ditched the physical home button and moved the fingerprint sensor to the back panel. It still has tiny bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. The phone sports a 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The handset is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor. It has a dual camera setup consisting of a 16MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary lens on the back panel. There is also a 16MP lens on the front for selfies. The OnePlus 5T comes with an ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’ that collects more light to take better photos in low-light conditions. The device packs a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge technology.

OnePlus explains why it doesn’t support Project Treble

OnePlus has officially announced that it would not support Google’s Project Treble on any of its existing smartphones. The company clarified that the Project Treble requires storage partitioning. The existing OnePlus phones do not feature storage partitioning because it was not mandatory for Android Nougat and earlier versions. If the company tries to add support for Project Treble via an over-the-air update, it could lead to bricking during partitioning.

OnePlus told users that it would support Project Treble with its future phones that would run Android Oreo and later out of the box. For the uninitiated, Google announced Project Treble earlier this year to make it easier for smartphone vendors to update their devices to the latest version of Android. Android vendors will not have to wait for chipmakers such as Qualcomm to modify the software update for their specific hardware components.