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OnePlus 7 and 7T series get new Open Beta with August security patches and bug fixes

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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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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OnePlus is preloading its phones with Facebook bloatware

Bloatware on Android phones has been around for so long — especially on Samsung and Huawei phones — that it's hardly even news anymore. Even so, it was a huge surprise when we found out that OnePlus has involved itself in this dubious practice. The OxygenOS bloatware in question comes from probably the shadiest company of them all — Facebook. Starting with the OnePlus 8 series and continuing with the Nord, users have had to put up with a bunch of Facebook-owned apps and a few background services on their brand-new handsets, some of which cannot be uninstalled.

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OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro receive update with Buds support and July security patch

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

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OnePlus teases OxygenOS 11 update with 'fresh design' and highly anticipated features

OnePlus has developed its own custom flavor of Android for years, nicknamed OxygenOS. The software has some lingering issues, like over-aggressive battery management and a few strange changes compared to stock Android, but it's generally well-regarded among OnePlus fans. Now a few details about the next major update have been published in a forum post.

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Five changes we would make to the OnePlus Nord

After months of rumors, speculation, and a slow drip of information from OnePlus, the Nord budget phone was finally released earlier this month. It's an impressive package for £379/€399, complete with a 5G-capable Snapdragon processor, a 90Hz screen, and 30W fast charging. However, it's not a perfect device — no phone is, after all.

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OxygenOS 10.3.5 for OnePlus 6/6T brings Buds support and July patches

OnePlus’s cheap AirPods knockoffs debuted last week alongside the Nord to much attention. Now older OnePlus flagships are getting deep integration with the Buds thanks to some OTA updates. The newer 8 series has already picked up the relevant updates, and now the two-year-old 6 series is following suit with its latest OxygenOS build.

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5 OxygenOS tips and tricks you may have forgotten about

Many of us on the Android Police team feel that, of all the various Android skins out there, OnePlus' OxygenOS strikes the right balance of useful extras and no useless nonesense — one of the reasons many of us would pick over more cluttered and bloated interfaces like MIUI and ColorOS. But some of OxygenOS' many are still handy tricks are scattered across the Settings app, buried deep under layers of sub-sections —  keeping them out of sight.

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Latest OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro update includes tweaks for upcoming Buds and July patches

OnePlus’s debut truly wireless Buds are all set to go official alongside the Nord. But ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling, the company has been readying its existing flagship line to support the new accessory right from day one. The latest OxygenOS updates for the 8 and 8 Pro deliver not just the most recent Android security patches, but also introduce compatibility with the abundantly leaked Buds.

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