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Older OnePlus phones to get screen recorder and Zen Mode from 7 Pro, but not Nightscape 2.0

When OnePlus announced its latest flagship phone, there were some interesting software features introduced alongside the impressive new hardware. Not all of them will be coming to older OnePlus devices but many of them will, including Zen Mode and the native screen recording function.

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OnePlus phones are discarding Android's battery optimization whitelist, a problem as more apps update to target Oreo

Usually, OnePlus is praised for its Oxygen OS software, which offers a light-touch, near-stock experience — at least, visually. Turns out, the company has been making some deeper changes to Android on its phones, and not all of them are for the best. Right now one of the most frustrating parts of OnePlus ownership for many is the company's aggressive battery optimization settings, which can kill apps you may want to be kept open. And worse, if you try to disable these settings on a per-app basis, they can be later randomly reset to defaults.

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Oxygen OS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6T is now available for download

Owners of OnePlus phones keen to get the latest features fastest will be aware of the Open Beta program. New Android versions and the latest Oxygen OS enhancements are tested there before being rolled out to everyone. Now, the first of these betas for the OnePlus 6T has dropped.

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Oxygen Updater can no longer download updates for your OnePlus phone

This is a sad day for rabid OnePlus fans who always need to be on the latest software build. The much-beloved Oxygen Updater app can't grab the latest software build for you anymore, leaving you at the mercy of the slow rollout. Might as well go buy a Samsung phone, right?

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[Update: Downloads live] New OnePlus 5/5T Open Beta adds Google Lens and improves camera quality

Just over a week later, OnePlus is pushing out another Open Beta for the 5 and 5T. This one is not nearly as major as the last, instead focusing on camera improvements. Of course, the highlight here is the inclusion of Google Lens, which should excite some people.

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[Update: Downloads available] Oxygen OS 5.0.3 for OnePlus 3/3T brings Face Unlock, several launcher changes, and more

With the 5T, OnePlus introduced its own version of face unlock, aptly named 'Face Unlock." Thanks to its sheer speed, it quickly became a hit. Owners of older OnePlus devices begged for it to be added to their phones, and days later, it showed up on the OnePlus 5 with the latest Oxygen OS beta. The feature then made its way to the OnePlus 3 and 3T via the beta track, and then to the OnePlus 5's stable track. With Oxygen OS 5.0.3, the OnePlus 3/3T gets Face Unlock on the stable track, as well as some other tweaks.

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OxygenOS 5.1.5 for OnePlus 6 brings super slow motion video, portrait mode quick-capture, and more

The OnePlus 6 just went on sale earlier this week and OnePlus is already pushing out an update for its 2018 flagship. OxygenOS 5.1.5 mostly focuses on some camera additions, but it also has a few other notable elements.

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[Update: 5.1.1 hotfix, downloads] OxygenOS 5.1.0 begins rolling out to OnePlus 5 and 5T with iPhone X-like gestures

After a brief one-month beta period, OnePlus has now begun rolling out the latest stable version of OxygenOS 5.1.0 to OnePlus 5 and 5T devices. The version is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes April's updated security patch.

The complete changelog from OnePlus is shown below.

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OnePlus 5T OxygenOS 4.7.4 OTA rolling out now with camera improvements and bugfixes

The OnePlus 5T was only launched a few weeks ago, and already it's breaking all the company's sales records. It might be breaking update records, too, as today marks the 2nd update to the device in less than a month. OxygenOS 4.7.4 is rolling out to the company's latest flagship as we speak, bringing with it camera improvements, bugfixes, and piles of optimizations. 

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OnePlus 5T receives update to improve unlocking, video recording, and more

OnePlus' latest flagship, the 5T, just went on sale two days ago. It looks like OnePlus may have found a few last-minute bugs in the software, because Oxygen OS 4.7.2 has started rolling out to the phone with a few helpful fixes included.

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