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Hands-on with the new UI in the OnePlus OxygenOS Android 11 Developer Preview 3

OnePlus has just released the Android 11 Developer Preview 3 for its 8 series of phones, and with it is our first look at the new UI landing in OxygenOS 11. Intrepid OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro owners can flash the latest image to check out the changes for themselves, but in short: OnePlus Android 11 skin looks like a Samsung OneUI clone.

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Get a OnePlus 7 Pro for just $450 ($250 off)

If you're looking for a new phone but don't have the budget for a flagship, you can consider a mid-ranger like the OnePlus Nord or Pixel 4a. However, with this deal, you can snatch an unlocked OnePlus 7 Pro for just $450, which is about $250 off its MSRP. At this price, you get a flagship device, albeit a slightly outdated one.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T series get new Open Beta with August security patches and bug fixes

OnePlus is hard at work on its OxygenOS 11 update, but the updates aren't stopping for its existing Android 10-based software. The company just released two Open Beta updates across four of its phones, with security patches and bug fixes in tow.

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These new HydrogenOS features may show what OnePlus has in store for OxygenOS 11

OnePlus's OxygenOS skin is known for being a lightweight (at least until recently), customizable take on stock Android, but it doesn't run on all the company's devices. Google Play Services isn't available in China, so OnePlus phones in the Chinese market run software called HydrogenOS that's optimized for the region. The latest version of the OS adds features like an always-on display, redesigned weather app, and an updated dark theme — some of which could make their way into OxygenOS 11.

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OxygenOS 10.5.4 for the OnePlus Nord delivers camera and display improvements

The OnePlus Nord hasn't even been out for two weeks, but it's now receiving its second update. This one is OxygenOS 10.5.4; it's not a major update by any means, but it does bring some optimizations to the cameras and the display. It also has some small bug fixes.

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The Pixel 5 might have a lower-end chipset, but we're not worried, and here's why

There's now ample evidence that Google will use a Snapdragon 765G chip in the anticipated Pixel 5, something that's raised more than a few eyebrows into the phone's launch. All of Google's previous Pixel phones have used Qualcomm's high-end 800 series Snapdragon chips, and some are fearful that a switch to a less premium processor could mean taking a real performance hit. But we've been using several Snapdragon 765G-powered phones for the last few weeks — namely, the OnePlus Nord, Moto Edge, and Vivo X50 Pro — and, frankly, we're not worried.

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Galaxy Note20 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Which should you buy?

Samsung's Galaxy Note20 Ultra packs in plenty of high-end specs like a Snapdragon 865+, big 120Hz display, one of the biggest camera sensors you can get, plus a periscope-style telephoto camera, laser autofocus, and the well-known S Pen. But before you go dropping $1,300 on a pre-order, you might want to consider what you're looking for in a phone, and the OnePlus 8 Pro might also be on your radar.

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OnePlus One gets Android 10 thanks to LineageOS 17.1, available now

Custom ROMs are no longer as popular as they once were, but they still have their place in the Android world. Here's an example: the OnePlus One, a phone that came out in 2014, is now able to run stable Android 10 by way of LineageOS 17.1, which has just been released to the open-source project's download page.

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You can now play PUBG Mobile at 90 FPS on OnePlus phones

OnePlus and PUBG Mobile are teaming up to offer exclusive in-game 90Hz support on the current lineup of OP devices. This exclusive access will run from August 6th to September 6th and is available to OP users worldwide. Of course, you'll have to be sporting a current OP device that offers 90Hz support, to begin with, which is why the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T T-Mobile Version, OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, or an OnePlus 7 Pro are required. So if you'd like to check out PUBG Mobile in 90 FPS glory, you can on the current crop of OnePlus phones.

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Always-on display for OnePlus phones could look something like this

Recent OnePlus phones have largely closed the gap with mainstream flagships by adding widely-requested features like wireless charging and an IP rating, but there’s still room for improvement. An always-on display setting is perhaps the most sought-after software feature, and it even topped OnePlus’s crowdsourced suggestions for OxygenOS, following which, the company decided to greenlight it. With the IDEAS campaign coming to an end, OnePlus has shared a timeline for AOD’s projected arrival.

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