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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches

OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches

In the last few years, OnePlus has gotten serious about keeping its devices updated. While it can feel like stable OxygenOS releases take a while sometimes, the Open Beta program represents what OEMs should do: give those who are willing early access to new features, Android versions, and so on. Further attempting to bolster its positive reputation in this area, OnePlus released the Software Maintenance Schedule, which promises two years of software and three years of security releases for each device and it's already in effect.

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OxygenOS 5.1.2 for the OnePlus 5/5T brings gallery tweaks and some fixes, and downloads are available

OxygenOS 5.1.2 for the OnePlus 5/5T brings gallery tweaks and some fixes, and downloads are available

OxygenOS 5.1.2 is out (well, it's been out for a couple of days) for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. It doesn't bring with it many new features, but the May 2018 security patch and quite a few fixes are in tow. The download, weighing in at a hefty 1.61GB, is out now.

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New OnePlus Open Betas improve Switch, add Parallel Apps file management, and more

New OnePlus Open Betas improve Switch, add Parallel Apps file management, and more

Yesterday, OnePlus pushed out new Open Betas for its 2016 and 2017 flagships. While mostly similar, the 3/3T version differs slightly from the 5/5T one. Both, however, improve the OnePlus Switch app and add the ability to manage Parallel Apps files in the File Manager.

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New OnePlus Open Beta adds new shelf widget, May security patches, and more

New OnePlus Open Beta adds new shelf widget, May security patches, and more

OnePlus is good enough to provide a beta channel for its phones, so you can stay on the bleeding edge. You'll also probably encounter more bugs, but such is life. There are new Oreo-based Open Betas live today for OnePlus' recent phones. They include some functional updates as well as security patches.

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[Update: 5.1.1 hotfix, downloads] OxygenOS 5.1.0 begins rolling out to OnePlus 5 and 5T with iPhone X-like gestures

[Update: 5.1.1 hotfix, downloads] OxygenOS 5.1.0 begins rolling out to OnePlus 5 and 5T with iPhone X-like gestures

After a brief one-month beta period, OnePlus has now begun rolling out the latest stable version of OxygenOS 5.1.0 to OnePlus 5 and 5T devices. The version is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes April's updated security patch.

The complete changelog from OnePlus is shown below.

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[Update: Not intentional] OnePlus pulls latest Open Beta for all its phones

[Update: Not intentional] OnePlus pulls latest Open Beta for all its phones

OnePlus frequently releases 'Open Beta' updates, where users can try the latest changes before they are ready for widespread use. The builds are usually pretty stable, but since they are intended for testing, issues occasionally crop up. It appears the latest Open Betas have a nasty bug, as OnePlus just pulled them from its website.

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Latest OnePlus 5/5T Open Betas add network priority in Gaming Mode, improved Weather app accuracy, and more

Latest OnePlus 5/5T Open Betas add network priority in Gaming Mode, improved Weather app accuracy, and more

It's the end of another month, so OnePlus pushing out new Open Betas to the 5 and 5T shouldn't be a surprise. While not quite as big of a deal as last time, the latest updates bring some nice minor quality-of-life improvements.

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OnePlus 5 Open Beta 6 brings Android 8.1, February security patch, and more

OnePlus 5 Open Beta 6 brings Android 8.1, February security patch, and more

OnePlus 5 owners received a nice surprise today. Open Beta 6 has a fairly important change in tow; it brings the phone up to Android 8.1. Other changes are along for the ride, too, but the highlight is the base OS version bump.

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OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it

OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it

OnePlus' phones are a great value, but they've each individually had a few drawbacks. One negative they all had in common, though, was a DRM deficiency. None of the company's handsets supported the correct Widevine level required for HD playback in Netflix. Distress on the subject came to a head late last year, and OnePlus surprisingly announced that it would add the feature in the future. In a comment on OnePlus' forums today the company confirmed that it was now able to update handsets to support it, but the process will require that you physically send the phone back to OnePlus for the update. 

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[Update: Downloads posted] OxygenOS 5.0.2 for OnePlus 5 brings face unlock, better EIS for video, CPU security patch, and more

[Update: Downloads posted] OxygenOS 5.0.2 for OnePlus 5 brings face unlock, better EIS for video, CPU security patch, and more

Face unlock has been in Android for years, though it recently became a hot topic again when OnePlus put it in the OnePlus 5T. The 5T's implementation is stupid quick - so quick, in fact, that you often don't even see the lockscreen before it unlocks. Now, in OxygenOS 5.0.2, the feature has made its way to the OnePlus 5 as promised. There are some other fixes/additions included as well.

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