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Android 10 arrives for the OnePlus 6/6T in Open Beta

OnePlus is on a roll this year, already bringing Android 10 to last year's phones. The OnePlus 6 and 6T received a new Open Beta that, among other things, brings that oh-so-sweet upgrade. That's not all, however, so check out the changelog below.

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OnePlus shares Android 10 rollout schedule for OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5

The official rollout of Android 10 has already started for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, but older OnePlus devices are still without the latest software. That won't be the case for too much longer, though, at least for some phones. OnePlus has shared a tentative schedule of when the OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5 will see the update, and it's as soon as this month.

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[Update: OnePlus 6/6T, new settings] OnePlus publishes Zen Mode app to Play Store for faster updates

OnePlus introduced Zen Mode together with its latest flagship device, aiming at helping users take a break from technology and spend more time interacting with the real world. The company just published the app on the Play Store, making it easier to update it for the 7 and 7 Pro, but also to release it for older devices.

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Android 10 Open Betas coming to OnePlus 6 and 6T this month

The final build of Android 10 has officially landed, but only on Pixel phones. Earlier this week, an Open Beta based on Android 10 made its way to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, and now, OnePlus has confirmed the 6 and 6T will get the same treatment before the month is out.

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Downloads posted for OnePlus 6 & 6T updates delivering DC dimming and Fnatic mode

Last Friday, OnePlus pushed out an update for the 6 and 6T, bringing, among other things, the DC dimming feature from the OnePlus 7 Pro and previous Open Beta updates to the mainstream. OTAs rolled out over the weekend (sorry we missed it, I was on vacation) but in case you didn't get it or would prefer to manually flash, the company has posted downloads for the pair of updates today.

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What is 'DC dimming,' and why are phone screens getting it?

OnePlus recently ported a feature called "DC dimming" to its older OnePlus 6 and 6T phones, and we thought a bit of explaining might be in order when it comes to the subject. What is DC dimming? The short answer is that it replaces quick flashes on your display with constant illumination — which is how an OLED screen typically functions — and we can show you what that looks like in a slow motion 960fps video capture.

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OnePlus 6 and 6T pick up DC dimming in Oxygen OS Open Beta 23

The OnePlus 6 and 6T just picked up a new Open Beta release, and while the changelog is pretty lean, there is one slick new feature coming to the pair of phones: DC dimming. In case you aren't aware, the AMOLED display in the phones used something called PWM (pulse-width modulation) to control brightness, which quickly flickers it on and off faster than we can see to approximate different brightness levels. If you're among those with a sensitivity to PWM, this is great news.

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[Update: Download] OnePlus 6/6T get screen recorder and June security patch in latest OxygenOS update

The OnePlus 6 and 6T may be last year's devices, but the company still seems to be hard at work on pushing out timely updates for them, including the much-anticipated screen recorder feature. This, along with a new security patch, is coming to all variants of the OnePlus 6 & 6T (except the T-Mo OnePlus 6T) via OxygenOS 9.0.15 / 9.0.7, which begin their incremental rollout today.

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OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro receive their third Android Q developer previews

OnePlus has released the third version of its Android Q Developer Preview simultaneously for OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro users, bringing update pulses together for the first time. The program's latest refreshes come as Google itself is about to finish its beta process for Q on the Pixels. But on OnePlus's end, the company has implied that participants will need to temper their expectations on when the OS upgrade will be finalized.

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The best phones for LineageOS

The vast majority of Android device buyers don't know or care what a custom ROM is. There's nothing wrong with that—a phone or tablet's stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (or roughly a decade, in the case of the HTC HD2).

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