OnePlus doesn’t have a great track record of rolling out promised software updates on time. But the company has been doing a pretty good job this year. It has already pushed out Android Oreo-based stable OxygenOS build to the OnePlus 3 and 3T handsets. The Chinese company has also started rolling out OxygenOS 5.0 to OnePlus 5 users. The latest OnePlus 5T is yet to receive the Oreo update, but the wait will be over soon.
A late Christmas present for OnePlus 5T users
OnePlus had earlier confirmed that it would bring the stable version of Android Oreo to OnePlus 5T in early 2018. On Wednesday, OnePlus Germany dropped a hint that the OxygenOS Open Beta for OnePlus 5T would become available soon. The company has since taken down the tweet, but not before it was picked up by major media outlets. OxygenOS is the Chinese company’s custom skin on top of Android.
The tweet was in German. It roughly translates to “Christmas is over, but we still have a present for you! How about the Open Beta for Android Oreo on the #OnePlus5T?” The tweet did not mention when the Open Beta version will be made available. You won’t find any link to the Open Beta if you head over to the company’s downloads page. We can expect it to arrive in the next few days.
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If you have purchased the OnePlus 5T, including the Star Wars edition, and are interested in downloading the Open Beta version of the software, consider checking this page frequently. It’s worth pointing out that the beta version may contain bugs. OnePlus is expected to roll out the stable version via an over-the-air update in the third or fourth week of January.
The stable version of OxygenOS 5.0 for OnePlus 5T is expected to bring an improved launcher, UI changes to the native camera app, new beauty effects in Portrait Mode, and battery optimizations. It would also have Android Oreo features like Auto-fill, Notification Dots, Picture-in-Picture mode, and Smart text selection.
OnePlus 5T gets the OxygenOS 4.7.6 update
OnePlus has pushed out the OxygenOS 4.7.6 update to the OnePlus 5T users. You should expect to receive it in the next few days. You can check its arrival on your handset by going to Settings > System Updates. The update brings the December Android security patch along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
The biggest highlight of OxygenOS 4.7.6 is Assistive Lighting for the Face Unlock feature. The facial recognition technology on OnePlus 5T is incredibly fast and convenient, though it’s not as secure as Face ID on the iPhone X. Assisting Lighting will make Face Unlock better than before. You can enable it from the Face Unlock settings. As the name suggests, Assistive Lighting lights up the phone’s display to make your face visible to the front camera. It will be particularly helpful in poorly-lit environments.
The OxygenOS 4.7.6 changelog says the update also brings stability enhancement and performance improvements for third-party camera apps. It also has clarity improvements for self-portrait shots in low light conditions. The update also brings improvements to WiFi display and expanded screenshots.
OnePlus 5 to get the 5T’s signature feature
Earlier this week, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told fans that the company was working to bring Face Unlock to OnePlus 5 as well through a future software update, though he didn’t give a timeline for the update. Pei said it was a result of the feedback received from OnePlus users. Face Unlock could easily be added to older phones because it doesn’t require any specific sensors. It relies on the front camera and software.
For the uninitiated, the OnePlus 5T has a bezel-less 6-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display. Currently, it runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android Nougat. The handset has dual SIM support, 6GB or 8GB RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC with 2.45GHz clock speed.
The OnePlus 5T has a dual camera setup on the back, consisting of a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20MP telephoto lens. It also has a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video calling. The device packs an impressive 3300mAh non-removable battery.
OnePlus to name a star after first 37 buyers of the Star Wars edition
The company has also launched a Star Wars edition of the handset in India and Europe to mark the release of The Last Jedi. It has the same technical specs as the standard version. The only differences are that the Star Wars edition has a white finish, a red notification slider, and a Star Wars logo on the back of the handset. It also comes with default Star Wars wallpapers.
OnePlus has announced that it would name a star in the galaxy after the first 37 buyers of the Star Wars edition OnePlus 5T. The Chinese company has joined hands with ‘Star Register’ to give buyers a personalized Star Wars constellation and certificate of ownership along with the details of their named star.