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OxygenOS 9.0.5 and 9.0.13 for the OnePlus 6/6T bring March security patch and new feedback tool

With OnePlus, it's easy to get caught up in the Open Beta program, since that's where new features drop first. But in all that excitement and hype, it seems that the stable branch is often left to languish, which some people are quick to point out. Starting today, however, both the OnePlus 6 and 6T are set to receive a new OTA update to OxygenOS 9.0.5 and 9.0.13, respectively,  complete with a very modest and small changelog.

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Latest OnePlus Open Betas add parking location feature, April security patch, and more

It's been quite some time since we've seen a OnePlus Open Beta worth writing about. That's not to say that the last few haven't been important, mind you, but they mostly addressed some bugs and optimizations. However, the 6/6T and 5/5T both got a new update that, while not major, have some interesting elements.

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OnePlus suspends latest Open Beta update after it bricked some 5/5T phones

Oh, boy, that's not good. Due to a critical error with the last Open Beta that ended up soft-bricking some 5 and 5T devices, OnePlus is completely pulling the new build for those phones and for the 6/6T. Oops.

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OnePlus 6 and 6T wrecking audio quality by using the wrong mic in some apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp

The OnePlus 6T may have been our favorite phone of 2018, but it wasn't without its problems. Recently, we reported that OnePlus phones appear to be resetting battery optimization settings randomly, but it appears that OnePlus 6 and 6T may also have some good, old-fashioned microphone troubles, too: Many are experiencing issues with call and recording quality in third-party apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp.

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Latest OnePlus 6/6T Open Beta adds new landscape quick reply and other improvements

OnePlus has been steadily improving OxygenOS on the 6 and 6T thanks to a regular stream of new Open Beta versions. Today marks the arrival of yet another, right before the end of January. As always, the changelog is below.

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Chrome OS Instant Tethering is rolling out to non-Pixel phones

While Chrome OS' offline usability has improved a lot since the platform's early days, there's no denying that an internet connection is still essential to get a lot of things done on a Chromebook. When you're away from WiFi, you can tether your phone's connection, but Google has a smarter ace up its sleeve: Instant Tethering. The feature started showing up two years ago to link two Android devices, was later one of the highlights of the Pixelbook announcement, then expanded to more Chrome OS devices. However, until now, you had to have a Pixel phone (or a Nexus) to set up Instant Tethering.

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Moment Photo Cases are now available for OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T cases slated for February 2019

If you're the proud owner of a OnePlus 6 or 6T, you have a new option for dressing up your phone. Moment, the company known for putting out some pretty nifty add-on lenses, is expanding its line of Photo Cases to support the pair of community favorites. The OnePlus 6 case is available for order today in Walnut Wood and Black Canvas. If you're the owner of a OnePlus 6T, you'll have to wait a bit longer, but Moment plans to have these cases ready for February 2019.

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OnePlus 6T sales are up 249% over the OnePlus 6

OnePlus doesn't say a lot about its phone sales. You might get the occasional empty platitude about sales exceeding expectations or what have you, but CEO Pete Lau reportedly offered a real sales metric to PCMag's Sascha Segan. He says sales of the 6T have jumped 249% compared to the OnePlus 6 launched earlier this year.

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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: Android TV, true wireless earbuds, and Sonos speakers

You're what? Letting all your holiday shopping go to the last minute? Because you're convinced there are big, big deals right around the corner? That is one risky maneuver, and while you might snag a sale or two, we hope you enjoy a few stressed-out weeks. Maybe we can soften the impact a little with a few of the best offers to recently cross our desk.

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The OnePlus 6 is $100 off again in the US ($479+), $130 off in Canada ($639+)

Shortly after the 6T was released, OnePlus discounted all versions of the OP6 by $100. That was a solid deal, especially since the OP6 has continued to get better over time (and it still has a headphone jack). If you missed out on that sale, it's back — for both the US and Canada.

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