Back in 2017, we published a list of the most and least popular smartphones and tablets used to browse Android Police (the site you're reading right now). Many of you loved seeing where your favorite devices ended up in the rankings, but we never published followup posts for subsequent years — until now! We're back with a new installment for 2020, with more fun facts about the kinds of phones and tablets our readers use.
LineageOS is the most-used custom Android ROM around, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for others. Paranoid Android was a popular choice back in the KitKat days, and while the ROM returned in full force with Nougat builds in 2017, there hasn't been much news since. Now the project is back (again), touting Android 10 builds for nine phones so far.
If you're looking to cut your battery indicator from the status bar, but would still like to know where you're at with power, there are plenty of alternatives that make the most out of the crazy obtrusions phone makers like to put on their displays. For those who own a OnePlus 6T, they now have Energy Notch.
The OnePlus 6T is nearly two years old now, but it's still a high-end smartphone by all accounts. The model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage was originally priced at $579, but now you can get it for just $300 from B&H Photo.
OnePlus has lately stepped up its software-update game following a brief setback late last year. The company’s been taking a proactive approach to release timely major — as well as incremental — updates even to some of its oldest phones, and the newer 7 and 7T lineup have also been consistently receiving their fair share of attention in the form of performance improvements and general optimizations. Keeping up with that spirit, over the past couple of days OnePlus has pushed a buttload of feature and security updates across its range going back to 2018 — including the 6/6T, along with the 7 and 7T series.
OnePlus just announced the end of the OxygenOS Open Beta program for the 6 and 6T, but the company promised that regular stable updates would continue. Sure enough, both phones are now receiving a new system update, containing a handful of bug fixes and security patches.
With the OnePlus 8, the company has put together a compelling phone that has a very calculated mix of features and compromises to keep its price tag relatively reasonable. The emerging Chinese brand that once started off in the mid-tier segment is now sailing in premium waters — a perfect recipe for leaving one’s existing customers in dilemma. The OnePlus 6 and 6T, released in 2018, are nearing their two-year cycles, and many of their owners were eyeing the 8 as a fitting replacement. But the substantially higher starting price of the non-Pro 2020 model has somewhat diluted the value-for-money element, posing a tough question for those due for an upgrade: Is the OnePlus 8 even worth upgrading to?
OnePlus has just announced the end of the Open Beta program for its 2018 flagships, the OnePlus 6 and 6T. Open Beta 6, which rolled out earlier this month, will be the last update that the phones see in the company's beta program. A new "rollback" build is available to migrate back to the stable release, but take note: It will wipe your device.
If you're on the market for a phone packed with features, but don't want to break the bank, we've got a deal for you, as the OnePlus 6T is currently down to $300. It's not the latest flagship, at it was released back in 2018, but it does feature great features and internals.