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OnePlus details how it's going to merge OxygenOS and Oppo's ColorOS

OnePlus details how it's going to merge OxygenOS and Oppo's ColorOS

OnePlus has long announced that it's going to merge its OxygenOS with Oppo's ColorOS following the shocking reveal of its secret partnership with Oppo that was neither secret nor shocking. While a few new OnePlus devices are already running a ColorOS-based version of Android with an OxygenOS skin on top of it, OnePlus hasn't officially revealed how exactly it will transition all of its currently supported devices to ColorOS. Well, you've got to wonder no more — the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has laid out a roadmap, detailing how things will progress from here.

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Another Android manufacturer is taking on Apple's MagSafe charging

Another Android manufacturer is taking on Apple's MagSafe charging

Just a few days after Oppo unveiled some fancy new camera technology, the company has returned to show off its latest wireless charging gear. Like Realme before it, this magnet-based charging system is designed to take on Apple's MagSafe, with a few different form factors available for anyone looking to keep their phone powered up all day long.

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Oppo is working on DSLR-style variable optical zoom for phones

Oppo is working on DSLR-style variable optical zoom for phones

Earlier today, at its Future Imaging Event, OPPO revealed three new camera technologies that could make their way into future smartphones. While they're all pretty interesting, they're also each at least a little derivative — improvements that build on prior feature implementations, including some of OPPO's. In fact, if you've followed smartphone camera news for the last half-decade or so, some of it will sound familiar. And, if you're in the US, you probably won't benefit from it.

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Netflix brings HD and HDR support to the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

Netflix brings HD and HDR support to the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

If you've been binging your favorite Netflix show on a recent phone from OnePlus or Oppo, you might have been missing a lot. The Android app has to certify that the devices it's running on (and the software they're using) are of sufficient quality to enable HD playback. That probably has more to do with anti-piracy measures than performance, but that doesn't matter a whole lot to customers who are stuck with lower-quality video.

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Oppo's new under-screen camera takes us one step closer to 'invisible' selfie cameras

Oppo's new under-screen camera takes us one step closer to 'invisible' selfie cameras

Smartphone companies keep challenging the status quo of where selfie cameras should be placed, and it seems like a few of them are headed towards making them invisible. While we've already seen an implementation of the under-display camera, Oppo's latest iteration seems to take a considerable jump in terms of...invisibility.

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OnePlus needs to act more like Samsung

OnePlus needs to act more like Samsung

I should clarify right from the off: the OnePlus Nord CE is not a bad phone. Far from it, in fact — it’s the best Nord phone since the original, especially after the other budget offerings came with too many compromises to be worth recommending in the face of stiff competition. The Nord CE is a solid performer in most areas.

However, as good as it is, it simply serves as further evidence that the OnePlus we used to treasure has veered so far from its original mission that it’s no longer recognizable. Recent news that the company is further integrating with Oppo isn’t at all surprising, but it’s been true for a while now that the flagship killing, "Never Settle" attitude is no longer at the heart of what OnePlus is all about.

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What's happening to Oxygen OS? OnePlus speaks up

What's happening to Oxygen OS? OnePlus speaks up

Earlier this week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau finally announced an integration with Oppo, a move that had been rumored since he took over product responsibilities for both companies. Although his initial forum post confirmed the two companies would remain separate entities, a few questions went unanswered. Luckily, we have a confirmation on one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the move.

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OnePlus and Oppo finally just kiss and get it over with

OnePlus and Oppo finally just kiss and get it over with

The close corporate ties between OnePlus and Oppo have never been much of a secret, at least to anyone who studies the nitty-gritty of the mobile business-to-business world. Despite keeping a very distinct identity, they're both part of the same parent company, and have been more open about the resources that they share for the last six months. Today OnePlus dropped a bit more of the pretense, and said that it's going to "further integrate" with Oppo.

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We could finally be getting the Wear OS Apple Watch clone we truly deserve

We could finally be getting the Wear OS Apple Watch clone we truly deserve

While Google is mostly to blame for the state of Android smartwatches — before hopefully breathing new life into Wear with Samsung — the lack of compelling silicon from chipmakers hasn't helped. Even after Qualcomm announced a new chipset last year, only one smartwatch really made use of it. However, the choice may not be as limited this year because Oppo seems set to announce a Snapdragon Wear 4100-powered watch later this year.

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The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

For the last few years, the Android Beta Program has been one of the biggest highlights of Google I/O, which continues to be the case this year. Now that Google has announced the exciting changes coming to Android 12, many of us will be eager to try it for ourselves. Naturally, the Beta will only be available on select devices, so find out if your phone is eligible below:

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