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OnePlus shares more about always-on display, ultra-wide video recording for 7 Pro, plus other OxygenOS improvements

In addition to providing fast and frequent updates, OnePlus is becoming one of the most communicative Android phone manufacturers: It's actually hearing and responding to requests for new features. Back in May, the company spoke out about reported issues and a handful of community requests for the 7 Pro — things like wide-angle video support, and an always-on display — and today it's providing further updates about those requests, as well as others.

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Official LineageOS builds arrive for OnePlus 6

LineageOS is arguably the most popular custom ROM on the planet, with more than 1.6 million active installations. However, there have never been official builds available for the OnePlus 6, possibly due to the phone's use of A/B partitions. That has finally changed, as the first nightly downloads are available for the OP6.

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OnePlus 6/6T gets second Android Q developer preview

Google decided to do something different with its Android Q previews — it opened participation up to twelve manufacturers. OnePlus is in that list, and today it's releasing its second Android Q build for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. Unfortunately, a factory reset is required to upgrade.

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[Update: Downloads] New Open Beta for OnePlus 5/5T, 6/6T brings Digital Wellbeing, Fnatic mode, and the June patch

June is already almost half over, but that hasn't stopped OnePlus from pushing out new Open Betas for its past devices. Both the 5 and 6 family just received Digital Wellbeing, the June patch, and OnePlus' Fnatic mode.

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OnePlus 6/6T receive new OxygenOS update that brings the May patch, bug fixes, and more

OnePlus, shortly after pushing an Open Beta which brought Zen Mode and Screen Recorder, announced a new OxygenOS update for the 6 and 6T, versions 9.0.6 and 9.0.14, respectively. It's a bit smaller, focusing mostly on bug fixes, but it has the May security patch.

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New OnePlus 6/6T Open Beta adds Zen Mode and Screen Recorder, bug fixes, and more

Not too long after it said older phones would get some of the newest flagship features, OnePlus is rolling out a new Open Beta for the 6/6T that brings, among other things, Zen Mode and Screen Recorder. Yes, you've been able to sideload them before, but now they're a part of the update.

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[Update: Further confirmation plus Android Q for 5/5T promise] Older OnePlus phones to get screen recorder and Zen Mode from 7 Pro

When OnePlus announced its latest flagship phone, there were some interesting software features introduced alongside the impressive new hardware. Not all of them will be coming to older OnePlus devices but many of them will, including Zen Mode and the native screen recording function.

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Get Zen Mode from the OnePlus 7 Pro for your existing OnePlus device [APK Download]

If you have one of OnePlus' older devices, you may be a little jealous of the new 7 Pro and its updated hardware and software. We can't do anything about the former, but for the latter, we've started discovering, one after one, that the APK files on the new device do indeed work on older models. Last week, we went through Camera and Gallery, then today we covered the new Screen Recorder, but we just tested Zen Mode's APK file and as it turns out, it too works on older devices.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro's screen recorder works on older devices too [APK Download]

Every time a company launches a flagship with useful software additions, users start wondering whether these would make it to the previous gen that they already have in their hands. For the OnePlus 7 Pro, we recently learned that the screen recorder and Zen Mode would come to older models, but it turns out you don't need to wait to get the first one working. An APK of the 7 Pro's Screen Recorder was uploaded to APK Mirror and it works great on the 6T and older devices too, possibly.

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[Update: OnePlus responds] OnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app

The latest OxygenOS Open Betas for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T bring a new storage-cleaning feature to Indian users. But some of them are concerned about the updated File Manager app as Chinese internet giant Tencent is now involved with it. The app uses an odd permissions scheme and there are concerns about how these changes will affect user data and OnePlus's commitment against bloatware.

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