Merry (early) Christmas, OnePlus 5 owners. Oxygen OS 5.0 is now out of beta for the OnePlus 5. Not only do you get to enjoy a holiday taste of Android 8.0 Oreo, but this update also includes the latest security patches for December. The OTA is incrementally rolling out now so it could be a while before you see it, though.
OnePlus announced the news at around 10AM today (though the thread on OnePlus' forums has a publication date of Friday the 22nd, the announcement didn't actually go up until today). The update clocks in at around 1587MB, so maybe connect to Wi-Fi before downloading it. The full changelog for this update is below:
- Updated to Android O (8.0)
- Optimizations for Shelf
- Now you can upload your photo through Shot on OnePlus
- New Camera UI design
- Optimizations for photo quality
- Added beauty effect for Portrait Mode
- Added “Places” tab for viewing photos on a map
- Added history feature
- Added alarm calendar feature
- Added Parallel Apps feature
- New design for Quick Settings
- New design for Lift up display
- Added “Adaptive model" screen calibration
- Optimizations for Wi-Fi
- Optimizations for Battery Saver
- Updated Android security patch to December
Outside the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, the other changes included in the OTA are smaller, and we've covered most of the features individually in previous updates. You can check out our coverage for the Gallery update, recent camera tweaks, and Parallel Apps if you'd like to see more.
Historically, you can trigger OnePlus updates early by VPNing to specific markets the company uses for testing. Usually Germany works [Update: German builds may currently be broken, use Canada]. If you are already on the Open Beta, unfortunately you can't OTA to this latest release.
OnePlus 5 Oxygen OS 5.0 OTA update download screen
Based on some reports posted to reddit, this OnePlus 5 update may be the same sort of Nougat-Oreo mishmash that the OnePlus 3/3T was updated to. If that's true, it means some things like the settings app, some hardware binaries, and the version of Play Services installed are older Nougat versions for some unknown reason.
On the OnePlus 3 and 3T, this faux-Oreo software has resulted in battery, performance, and stability problems for some, including me. That could explain why the update was later pulled. If Oxygen OS for the OnePlus 5 has the same strange mixture of Oreo and Nougat on it, we hope it doesn't result in the same sort of problems.
In either event, if you were waiting for Oreo to land on your OnePlus 5, here it is.
OnePlus has now added the following note to the update's forum page:
Edit: Because of a bug on Oxygen 5.0, we have cancelled its global release. And we're preparing for Oxygen 5.0.1, the partial release will go alive soon.
And it's back on again. This time it's v5.0.1, and the only extra changes are:
- Bug fixes for third party camera application
- Fixed network issues for European operators
Apparently, the update is also failing if you have an unlocked bootloader, so you'll either need to re-lock, or find a way to flash it manually. Based on reports in the original thread, some 3rd party builds of TWRP (such as that by XDA Developer codeworks) are able to play nice with this update so you can bump up to 5.0.1 without having to wipe.
If you don't see the update, and you couldn't or didn't manually download it from one of the links at OnePlus' forums, official images were posted by OnePlus just yesterday. Head on over to downloads.oneplus.net and you can pull down the latest full factory image for 5.0.1.
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- Gareth Frazer