OnePlus Releases OxygenOS 3.5.3 Beta for OnePlus 3; Marshmallow for OnePlus X
A good chunk of the questions raised during the OnePlus AMA on reddit a while ago pertained to software updates, and most of them were fair points. After all, OnePlus promised faster updates when they merged HydrogenOS (their ROM for the Chinese market) with OxygenOS (their ROM for the rest of the world), so naturally users wanted to know if the decision was bearing any fruits that they could taste.
OnePlus X Update
Shortly after the AMA ended, OnePlus announced that stable builds of Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the form of OxygenOS 3.1.2 have begun incrementally rolling out to the OnePlus X. This stable build is a result of feedback incorporated after the community beta builds of Android 6.0 for the device, and the OTA can be received by all users on OxygenOS 2.2.3, 3.1.0 and 3.1.1 without needing to flash back to previous versions.
Of course, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is not the only upgrade or addition this update brings. Some more highlights of this update include:
- Launcher upgrades
- New icon packs
- Google search bar UI customization
- New design of wallpaper picker
- Shelf UX improvements
- Long press boards to rearrange or remove
- General system performance improvement
- Settings changes
- New (native Android) app permissions
- New Alert Slider settings with more customization options
- New apps
- OnePlus Music Player
- OnePlus Gallery
- Implemented October Android security patches
- General bug fixes
While it took an awfully long time for Marshmallow to finally land on the device in a stable format, it is good to see that the October Android security patch has already incorporated within this update. The OnePlus X is unlikely to receive Android 7.0 Nougat thanks to Qualcomm dropping support for the MSM8974 on 7.0, so we hope OnePlus does keep incorporating more features and security updates as OxygenOS updates for this device.
OnePlus 3 Update
The OnePlus 3 also gets another update, but before readers get their hopes up, this is not Nougat. This update is for another Marshmallow-based community beta for the device, with OxygenOS version 3.5.3, incorporating several improvements and optimizations. Some notable changes are:
- Use AOSP clock as default clock
- Added capability to uninstall some preinstalled apps, like FileManager, Weather, Recorder, MusicPlayer
- Added expanded screenshots, you can now save a long screenshot of a scrollable page to cover more contents.
- Added celluar data firewall, you can control whether an app is allowd to use cellular network or WiFi
- Added “Favorite contact setting” in Priority mode
- Setting menu adjustment in Messages, added option to vibrate phone when receiving SMS
- Contact UI redesign
- Fixed community build cannot flash back to official build issue
- General bug fixes
Users on previous community build will receive the build via OTA. Users on stable builds would need to flash the update via ADB sideload. OnePlus does warn that there may be compatibility issues with TWRP, so it is advisable to back up important data beforehand. Another point to note, migration from community builds to stable builds require wiping data and cache, in case you want to go back to a stable release due to the beta nature of these updates. The announcement post also mentions that this build is part of a limited program, and once they have enough feedback from users, they can disable the download links.
Have you tried out the updates on the OnePlus 3 or the OnePlus X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!