The relationship between OnePlus and its fans could be the strongest of any in the smartphone-maker world.
And there aren’t many better examples of listening to the paying public than asking them for their most-wanted features and actually adopting the top five. OnePlus has revealed five forthcoming OxygenOS updates, which are the fruits of the OnePlus IDEAS initiative that received over 5,000 submissions.
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Top of the list is an always-on display, development of which will be finished around June and rolling out in late summer. The next four features are included within the One Plus roadmap. They are as follows, but it might be a while before they’re integrated within OxygenOS:
- Enable fingerprint lock for hidden pictures in gallery
- Play sound when the battery is fully charged
- Folders within the app drawer
- Adding more essential features to Zen Mode (access to apps like calendar, calculator, contacts)
While five that have been adopted, the company is saying “no” to a bunch more for the time being. Among the suggestions rejected are:
- Edge notification light
- OnePlus Dex
- Call recording
- Google message for the stock SMS/RCS app,
- Study mode
- API support for Gcam
- Improve the adaptive brightness
- Custom fingerprint animations
- Real-time weather wallpaper
- Real One Hand Mode
- AMOLED dark
- Boost capabilities of the alert slider
- An option to set battery charging limit to 80%
- Variable charging speed
- Allow users to choose which stock apps to install during set-up
Some of those are actually pretty decent ideas. We like the idea of setting the charging limit to 80% to protect the long term health of the battery, and offering the choice of which stock apps to install during set-up.
Still, this is a really neat initiative from OnePlus and gives supporters a stake in the game, whereas it’s a closed shop among most smartphone manufacturers.