OnePlus Announces New Beta Update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T
In light of the OnePlus 5T’s launch, some OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners expressed concern that their phones wouldn’t receive as much attention from OnePlus as they had in the past. But OnePlus allayed those fears with the launch of the Android Oreo-based OxygenOS open beta in early autumn. And on Thursday, it released new updates for the OnePlus 3 (v28) and OnePlus 3T (v18).
The open beta updates — which include the same changes thanks to OnePlus’s unified update system — focus on the phones’ home screen, gallery and contacts applications, and behind-the-scenes system behavior.
Specifically, OnePlus says it’s optimized the OnePlus Launcher’s application shortcut menu and tweaked the Shelf’s visual style. The Gallery application, meanwhile, now has a map that shows where photos were taken by location, and the contacts application now lets you add emergency information (ICE) to your personal information.
The rest of the updates’ changes are mostly under-the-hood. Wireless hotspot management has been optimized, and both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T now support the aptX/aptX HD Bluetooth audio codec. The Quick Settings menu has been spruced up a bit; there’s a fix in place for slow charging issues; Wi-Fi performance is improved; battery usage statistics are more accurate; and the latest Android Security Patch was applied.
But as stable as the update might look, don’t expect it to run flawlessly. You’ll occasionally run into a long-press problem with the home button, the only recourse for which is a device restart. If you experience it or any other issue, OnePlus asks that you submit a bug report.