OnePlus has released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – but it’s looking like it’s the last major firmware upgrade the duo will receive, before they’re inevitably retired at the end of the year.
The China-based firm started pushing out the over-the-air update on Sunday, November 19; however, in order to ensure a smooth delivery, it opted for a staged rollout – so it could take a while to reach your particular handset.
It’s unclear whether the distribution parameters are based on geographic location or model number, though we’re inclined to say the former seeing as the Internet is filled with reports claiming it’s rolling out for all units in the United States.
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We checked to see if the OTA was ready for our unlocked variant of the OnePlus 3, which is the same model as the one in circulation in the United States, at Trusted Reviews HQ in London, England on Monday, November 20, but to no avail.
The version of Android 8.0 Oreo that OnePlus is distributing – OxygenOS 5.0 – for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T is near-identical to the stock build Google started pushing to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL at the end of August.
It comes with a number of useful features, including Program-in-Picture (PiP) and notification channels, as well as OnePlus’ Parallel Apps, a tool that lets you run a sandboxed version of an application – like WhatsApp – using a separate account.
Here’s the full changelog:
- Added Notification Dots
- New app folder design
- Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus
- Update to Android O (8.0)
- Added Parallel Apps
- Added Picture in Picture
- Added Auto-fill
- Added Smart text selection
- New Quick Settings design
- Updated security patch to September
Now for the bad news.
OnePlus recently revealed that OxygenOS 5.0 will be the last major firmware update the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will receive. Don’t panic, though: both handsets will still be eligible for the firm’s routine security maintenance updates.
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