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.
Owners of OnePlus 8 phones, I hope you've been enjoying the beta versions of software updates that have been posted for the last few months. Because after today, you don't get any more. OnePlus has announced that its software updates for the 8 series have gotten to an acceptably stable state, so the newest beta will be the last one. From now on the software will be sent out in the standard OTA only.
OnePlus appears to have silently and slightly upgraded some OnePlus 8Ts. Reports indicate that some recently purchased versions of the phone are now shipping with LPDDR5 RAM, a bump over the LPDDR4X RAM originally included and which OnePlus advertises. While the newer memory is technically "faster," the bigger effect is on enthusiasts that might be rooting and ROMing.
The OnePlus 8 might be a year old, but it's still receiving new OxygenOS beta builds with regular frequency. Last month's update added the ability to screenshot the Always On Display, and now the July update's doing a little more than just fixing bugs.
Depending on your region, OnePlus just started delivering an all-new update to 8T owners yesterday. It's a slight improvement, primarily intended to fix some non-specific bugs on NA and EU variants. If you're part of OnePlus's beta program, you haven't been left out of the upgrade fun, as Open Beta 7 is now available for your device.
There was a time when OnePlus's phone lineup was easy to understand, but as the brand has grown, so have its offerings. Now when you're thinking about buying a OnePlus device, you've got to contend with numbers and letters and descriptors — sometimes all at once (the OnePlus 7T Pro is a phone that exists). But what's all of it mean, and at the end of the day, which phone should you buy? Let's get into it.
OnePlus is bigger than ever, but it's not quite the same company that first arrived on the scene in 2014. The days of flagship killers, limited releases, and near-stock software are long gone, replaced with countless phones each year and a lagging update schedule that can't compete with the likes of Samsung. In an attempt to fix its software woes, OnePlus is announcing a new release schedule for its devices, and it comes as part of the recent merger with Oppo.
If you're rocking a OnePlus flagship from 2020 and have been bold enough to be a part of the Open Beta program, there's news for you. OnePlus is rolling out the Open Beta 11 and the Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 8 series and the OnePlus 8T, respectively.
The OnePlus 8T might not be the company's newest flagship device — that would be the 9 and 9 Pro — but it's still a capable performer in its own right. In fact, it can be difficult to pick between those devices if you're shopping for a new phone. Your decision just became a whole lot easier, as you can pick up an unlocked OnePlus 8T from B&H and OnePlus for just $550 today.