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The OnePlus 3/3T get a new Open Beta build, mostly bug fixes and minor improvements

It's that time again, folks. OnePlus 3 and 3T users who are in the Open Beta program should be checking for an update. Version 5/14 is available to download and install, with the OTA likely to roll out in the next few days.

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OnePlus is silent about Nougat for the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, and owners are pissed

The OnePlus 3 and 3T were some of the best phones of last year, especially given their low prices. Both phones were updated to Nougat at the end of 2016, being among the first non-Google devices to receive the new version. Unfortunately, OnePlus has yet to update the OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X to Nougat, and isn't communicating with customers.

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Newest Open Beta for the OnePlus 3/3T adds a lot of new features, like a new launcher, encrypted file vault, and much more

To round out the first quarter of 2017 (where did the time go?), OnePlus has announced a new build for its Open Beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Versions 13 and 4, respectively, pack in quite a few new features. But let's dive into the changelog first, shall we?

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The OnePlus 3T Midnight Black edition is now available for $479

If you like your phones to not just be dark or drab, but really, completely, and utterly black like your soul (as my fiancé likes to joke), then you better have your wallet ready and aiming to fire dollars at the OnePlus online store. The limited edition Midnight Black version of the OnePlus 3T is now available for sale, but supplies aren't as infinite as the blackness of the phone.

The OnePlus 3T Midnight Black was announced last week and said to be available on March 24 exclusively through boutique retailer HBX. That exclusivity only lasted a few days and it has now landed on the main OnePlus site.

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The limited OnePlus 3T Midnight Black edition sports a matte black aluminum body, shipping March 24th

Do you enjoy the simplicity and capability of the latest OnePlus flagship phone, but wish it were quite a bit more black, like that $10,000 performance upgrade to an economy sedan? Well your highly specific dreams have now come true, weird person. OnePlus announced the Midnight Black edition of the 3T today, sporting a swanky matte black coating on its aluminum body. The special edition uses the higher-end version of the phone's specs with 128GB of storage, but has the same $479 / EUR479 / GBP439 price as the current upgraded model.

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OxygenOS 4.1 (Android 7.1.1) is rolling out to the OnePlus 3 and 3T

OnePlus is on a roll with these updates for its 2016 flagships. Just earlier this month, the OnePlus 3 and 3T received Android 7.1.1 via the Open Beta program, but now the new OS version is rolling out to the stable channel users via an OTA. That was quick.

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The OnePlus 3 and 3T receive Android 7.1.1 via new Open Betas

If you happen to have either of OnePlus' 2016 flagships (or both — no judgement here), there are new Open Beta builds available. Among other things, these updates bring the phones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is great to see.

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OnePlus 3T review addendum: Proof that OnePlus can be a major player in 2017

OnePlus started its existence as a brash upstart, and today it's... a brash upstart. It is, however, a brash upstart that has produced a very good 2016 flagship phone. The OnePlus 3 and 3T are basically the same phone, but the 3T has more power under the hood and dollars on its price tag. Both phones offered similarly good experiences at launch, and now they're even better with Nougat.

So, how do these phones (specifically the OnePlus 3T) hold up? Quite well, but OP's actions in 2017 will be telling. This will be a pivotal year for the company. It could become a staple of the smartphone industry or prove to be just another middling player that will eventually fade away.

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The 128GB OnePlus 3T is up for a new round of pre-orders after previously going out of stock

The OnePlus 3T was unveiled a few months back, and seems to have been received well by most. Presumably to keep itself in the news, OnePlus says the pre-announced 128GB version in gunmetal grey is available for pre-order now at its site.

The gunmetal grey 128GB variant of the 3T was included in the main announcement back in November. but it's not been available to buy until now . It seems that while a 128GB version has been available before now, it may (or may not, it's very difficult to tell) have only been in limited quantities. It looks like OnePlus is following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, offering a very high capacity storage phone for extra cash, while continuing to sell the lower capacity variants too.

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Two major vulnerabilities found in OnePlus 3 bootloader - OP has patched one, working on the other

OnePlus is something of a darling among Android power users, shipping phones that can be bootloader unlocked without any special permissions or codes. But security researcher Roee Hay found that the OnePlus 3 (and the revised OnePlus 3T) are rather more open than was probably intended. With two native fastboot commands, Hay found he could install unverified boot images and disable the verified boot feature, all without actually unlocking the bootloader with the familiar user-accessible command. Which is, well, bad: it basically means anyone can run malicious code on the phone without resetting the user's data.

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