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5 OxygenOS tips and tricks you may have forgotten about

Many of us on the Android Police team feel that, of all the various Android skins out there, OnePlus' OxygenOS strikes the right balance of useful extras and no useless nonesense — one of the reasons many of us would pick over more cluttered and bloated interfaces like MIUI and ColorOS. But some of OxygenOS' many are still handy tricks are scattered across the Settings app, buried deep under layers of sub-sections —  keeping them out of sight.

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OnePlus Nord cracks under the pressure of a JerryRigEverything durability test

Our favorite smartphone durability tester, JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is back with another trial by fire of the OnePlus Nord — a phone headed for Eurasia for just €400 starting August 4. The build M.O. looks to be typical for the target price, but how far will it go against the knives, lighter, and hands of one Zack Nelson?

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These games are ready for the OnePlus Nord's 90Hz screen

OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to release a phone outside of Asia with a 90Hz screen, starting with the OnePlus 7 Pro. The new technology (new to phones, anyway) provides smoother animations, and perhaps more importantly, more responsive gameplay. If you're looking for games that take full advantage of the advanced display on the OnePlus Nord, you've come to the right place.

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The OnePlus One is getting Android 10, thanks to LineageOS 17.1

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, will soon be able to run stable Android 10 by way of LineageOS 17.1.

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The OnePlus Nord deserves a release in the United States

OnePlus started its history in the smartphone industry by offering a good phone, the OnePlus One, at a great price. Fast forward to today, and the company's brand and reputation are strong enough that OnePlus can sell phones at flagship prices without anyone batting an eye — Samsung's Galaxy S20+ has repeatedly been on sale for only $50 more than the $899 OnePlus 8 Pro.

For the first time in years, OnePlus has produced a mid-range Android phone at an incredibly competitive price. The OnePlus Nord has a decent Snapdragon processor, 128GB of storage, 8GB RAM, and a 90Hz screen all for just £379 (€399—and remember, that includes tax, unlike advertised US prices).

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The OnePlus Nord might save Europe from the iPhone SE

With the iPhone SE making many Android users switch platforms, it was just a question of time until we'd see a response from Android manufacturers. In Europe, that might just be the OnePlus Nord. The €400 phone undercuts the €480 iPhone by €80, and its modern, sleek exterior stands in stark contrast to Apple's tried-and-true iPhone 6 look. It might just become the reset button for the Android midrange market.

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OnePlus Nord picks up its first update, even though no one has one yet

The OnePlus Nord isn't actually on sale yet, but that isn't stopping the company from publicly announcing he phone's first software update to Oxygen OS 10.5.2. Among the included changes are some tweaks for the OnePlus Buds firmware and a good number of the expected early-release fixes for minor issues.

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COVID-19 tracing apps may fail to notify exposed users due to aggressive OEM battery saving measures

We've extensively reported on OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life, creating problems like missed notifications and alarms, aborted sleep tracking, broken upload schedules, and more. While all of these issues are annoying, they're not exactly life-threatening. However, as soon as we're talking about coronavirus tracing apps, missed exposure notifications could put you or others at risk, and it looks like that happened to the German COVID-19 tracking app, which hasn't been able to alert some people due to background restrictions.

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OnePlus accidentally exposes customer information — again — in the stupidest way possible

OnePlus has now suffered two security snafus in just a month. Today's news is a bit less serious, but given the company's history, it's indicative of a clear trend. OnePlus blasted out a mass mailer for a research study earlier today, and someone seems to forgotten what BCC means, giving everyone in the chain access to hundreds of customer emails. Whoops.

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Be among the first to get the OnePlus Nord in this online pop-up event

OnePlus unveiled its new Nord smartphone in a first-of-its-kind AR event earlier this week, but the phone's still not available for sale — unless you managed to sneak in during one of the brief pre-order rounds that led up to the launch. If you still want to be one of the first to snag the new device, OnePlus is opening a virtual pop-up shop that will let users be among the first to experience the Nord, starting July 29.

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