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You shouldn't import a OnePlus Nord in the US, and here's why

It seems like the US will eventually get its very own OnePlus Nord of some kind, but with reviews praising the first "budget" phone from OnePlus as a standout success (including our own), you could be understandably tempted to find a gray market reseller offering imported models from Europe or India. But you should really consider a few things before you pull the trigger, and in fact, we strongly advise against doing so — because while the typical missing LTE bands for carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T are still an issue (along with no Verizon compatibility at all), there's a whole other can of worms to get into that you've probably not considered related to the impending shutdown of 3G networks in the US, that could stop a Nord from working entirely on some carriers.

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The Pixel 5 might have a lower-end chipset, but we're not worried, and here's why

Of the available evidence, everything points to a Snapdragon 765G powering the anticipated Pixel 5, and that's caused a lot of spec-gazers to cast a doubtful eye on Google's upcoming phone. Prior to the Pixel 5, every Pixel phone used the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset, the most powerful SoCs available on the open market. With the 765G, though, we don't necessarily think Google's made a bad move—we've been using phones with the new high-end-of-the-mid-range Qualcomm chip—like the OnePlus Nord—and we're impressed. And we think there's really no reason the Pixel 5 really needs to full-fat 865 as a result.

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OnePlus releases trailer for 'feature film' Nord documentary

OnePlus just published a teaser video to its YouTube account for an upcoming documentary regarding the OnePlus Nord. You might have thought the four-part New Beginnings series already published to YouTube was enough, but apparently, the company has a "feature film" version of the documentary planned, too. It premieres August 18th on Amazon Prime Video, but you can catch a glimpse at what to expect in the 40-second trailer here.

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OnePlus Gallery adds 4K 60fps video editing, fixes missing slow-motion editing (APK download)

About a week ago, OnePlus broke the ability to edit slow-motion videos in its Gallery. The latest app update, which is now rolling out on the Play Store, fixes that. It also adds 4K 60fps video editing, which was so far impossible to do in the native app. There's also casting support, supposedly.

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Google reportedly blocked OnePlus from pre-installing the Epic Games app on its phones

Epic Games launched a lawsuit against Google earlier today, alleging that the company is engaging in anti-competitive behavior. The filing primarily focuses on how Google makes it more difficult to sideload applications than installing apps from the Play Store, but there are a few suprising claims, including how Google supposedly blocked OnePlus from distributing the Epic Games app on its phones.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T series receive update with Buds support and July security patch — now with download links

The OnePlus 7 and 7T series had fallen behind in updates over the past few months, as the OP7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro remained stuck on the May security patch. Thankfully, all phones are receiving an OxygenOS update with newer security fixes and a few small features.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T series get new Open Beta with August security patches — download links now available

OnePlus is hard at work on its OxygenOS 11 update, but the updates aren't stopping for its existing Android 10-based software. The company just released two Open Beta updates across four of its phones, with security patches and bug fixes in tow.

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Hands-on with the new UI in the OnePlus OxygenOS Android 11 Developer Preview 3

OnePlus has just released the Android 11 Developer Preview 3 for its 8 series of phones, and with it comes our first look at the new UI landing in OxygenOS 11. Intrepid OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro owners can flash the latest image to check out the changes for themselves, but in short: OnePlus Android 11 skin looks like a Samsung OneUI clone.

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These new HydrogenOS features may show what OnePlus has in store for OxygenOS 11

OnePlus's OxygenOS skin is known for being a lightweight (at least until recently), customizable take on stock Android, but it doesn't run on all the company's devices. Google Play Services isn't available in China, so OnePlus phones in the Chinese market run software called HydrogenOS that's optimized for the region. The latest version of the OS adds features like an always-on display, redesigned weather app, and an updated dark theme — some of which could make their way into OxygenOS 11.

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OxygenOS 10.5.4 for the OnePlus Nord delivers camera and display improvements

The OnePlus Nord hasn't even been out for two weeks, but it's now receiving its second update. This one is OxygenOS 10.5.4; it's not a major update by any means, but it does bring some optimizations to the cameras and the display. It also has some small bug fixes.

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