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You can now rebrand your T-Mobile OnePlus 6T without unlocking the bootloader

One the best phones of last year, the OnePlus 6T marked a new chapter for the Chinese company. Part of the progress involved a deal with T-Mobile, which came with its pros and cons. Since it's a different SKU from the international dual-SIM variant (such as you'd buy straight from OnePlus), the Tmo version is excluded from things like the Open Beta program. But some savvy people over in the XDA forums figured out a way to rebrand the Tmo 6T to the international version without unlocking the bootloader.

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[Update x2: T-Mobile statement] Latest T-Mobile OnePlus 6T update breaks Google Play certification for some

The newest OnePlus 6T update pushed out by T-Mobile appeared to be pretty bland, with only support for an "additional domestic roaming partner" in the changelog. However, according to a number of disgruntled users on Reddit, the update is breaking Google Play certification on the device.

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It sure looks like OnePlus sliced off some of the 6T's bezel in this ad

In an age where smaller screen bezels are a selling point, a few companies have been caught modifying the appearance of their phones in adverts. One recent example was the Lenovo Z5, which had no bezels and no notch in the initial images, but the real phone had substantial bezels and a notch. The latest company do this is OnePlus, which seems to be trimming the 6T's bezels in advertisements.

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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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This might be our first look at the OnePlus 5G phone

OnePlus has been liberal with the hype for its upcoming 5G phone so far, but we've yet to see any substantial leaks. That is, until well-known teenage tipster Ishan Agarwal took to Twitter today to reveal a picture of CEO Pete Lau sitting in at the presentation of a new device - possibly the new 5G device or the 4G successor to the OnePlus 6T.

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OnePlus is five years old, would probably like to smash some of its past

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei took to Twitter yesterday to remind us of an important anniversary—it's the company's fifth anniversary. Yes, it was just five short years ago that we started seeing the roguish and somewhat tiresome "Never Settle" slogan plastered all over social media. I will admit to some early skepticism of the company, but here we are five years later, and the OnePlus 6T is Android Police's phone of the year.

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The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is available today for $699

Do you wish your phone had a little more racecar in it? Then today is your lucky day. The new OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has just gone on sale through OP's website. You can drop $699 on this phone and have it in your hands in a matter of days. Vroom vroom.

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The Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth - but why?

OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer - and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. And it really is a great phone - we even gave it our ‘Phone of the Year’ award.

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Android 9 Pie arrives on the OnePlus 5 and 5T with Open Beta 20/22

It has taken OnePlus a bit longer than expected to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but the wait is over — if you're willing to use beta releases, anyway. Open Beta 22 for the OnePlus 5 and Beta 20 for the 5T are now available, which are based on Android Pie.

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Android Police's 2018 Smartphone of the Year is the OnePlus 6T

Android Police often does picks for our top smartphones of any given year - and you can see those phones right here in our 2018 “Most Wanted” article. But this year, we’ve decided to single out one device for attention in particular. The smartphone we thought did most to change the game. To go above and beyond competitors and offer a unique and compelling experience to buyers. And, crucially, that we felt constituted a reasonable value in doing so (that’s not to say it needed to be inexpensive, but that its price was justifiable).

After the editorial staff cast its votes, a winner emerged: the OnePlus 6T - narrowly beating out the Pixel 3.

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