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OxygenOS 5.1.2 for the OnePlus 5/5T brings gallery tweaks and some fixes, and downloads are available




OxygenOS 5.1.2 is out (well, it's been out for a couple of days) for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. It doesn't bring with it many new features, but the May 2018 security patch and quite a few fixes are in tow. The download, weighing in at a hefty 1.61GB, is out now.

Here's the changelog:
Changelog: System

  • Updated Android security patch to 2018.5
  • Fixed auto-rotation stability issue
Gallery
  • Places: a map view of photos by location
  • Added “Recently Deleted” collection
Wireless & Network
  • Fixed Wi-Fi connecting issue
Launcher
  • Double-tap to lock screen
Earphone
  • Fixed microphone not functioning issue for AKG earphones


The gallery gets the most attention here with two new features that we'd already seen on OOS 5.0.3 for the OP3/3T: Places, which shows a map view of your photos by location, and Recently Deleted, which shows you --- you guessed it --- your recently deleted photos. There's a new option to double-tap the launcher to lock the screen, which is nice to see. Aside from those additions and the May 2018 security patch, there are fixes for auto-rotation stability, a Wi-Fi connecting issue, and microphones not working for AKG earphones.

OTAs are rolling out now, but if you haven't yet received it or you just want to reflash back to stable, the 1.61GB build can be downloaded here.
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Gallery] Silk White OnePlus 6 is all dressed up for summer




OnePlus phones, historically, have come in a variety of extra or limited-edition styles. Previous color options include Soft Gold and Sandstone White. The new Silk White OnePlus 6 splits that difference with a rose gold-tint, packing the company's latest hardware into a brighter, summer-ready body.
Specs for the new colorway are unchanged. As before, you get a Snapdragon 845, 6.28" notched OLED 1080p-equivalent display, 3,300mAh battery, and much-improved 16MP camera. This specific color will only be available in the middle 8GB/128GB SKU for $579.
Speaking of availability, sales for the new color open June 5th at 10 AM Eastern time. So think of this as an advance, photo-packed teaser for what to expect, if you're on the fence or considering the new color.
The end you'll spend the most time staring at hasn't changed much. On the front, the Silk White version has the same black bezels as the other two colors currently offered. Personally, I'm a fan of how well OLED displays blend in with the black borders, so I prefer that over the white bezels OnePlus used with previous gold/white versions.
Top and bottom (above), Left and right edges (below).
All the exposed metal (excluding the earpiece grille) is finished with rose gold accents. Even the antenna bands are an opaque peach color. The OnePlus logo and "Designed by OnePlus" text on the back also match.
The rose gold accents aren't just for the aluminum frame either. The fingerprint reader, its chamfered bezel, and the chamfered ring around the dual cameras all get that same color treatment.
The real star is the big white glass back, though. It's tough to capture with photos, but it has a slightly opalescent/pearlescent finish. It's very subdued, but there's a slight tint to the light that reflects from it at certain angles.
The texture is a very fine matte that feels nothing like I would expect from frosted/etched glass. Dragging a fingernail across the back results in none of the harsh abrasive texture or marking I assumed would be present. It feels like anodized aluminum, like that present on the older OnePlus 5T, even though it isn't.
In my experience, it's pretty easy to keep clean, too. The obvious concern with white is that it'll show any markings or stains it may get, but whether due to the texture or some sort of coating, it doesn't seem to pick up much gunk—though I do have one small shiny mark around the camera already.
If you aren't already tired of pictures, our full gallery of the Silk White OnePlus 6 is just below. (I just got a new lens, and I sort of went nuts.)



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OnePlus 6 Silk White Hands-On: A Luxurious Pearlescent Design at the Same Affordable Price

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The 6 best things about the OnePlus 6





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Since 2014, OnePlus has been slinging some very nicely-priced — and surprisingly capable — handsets. The OnePlus 6 is both of those things. In our full review, we said the device could be the perfect phone for OnePlus fans. Here are six (get it?) reasons why.

Price

Affordability is kind of OnePlus's shtick. The company has built its name peddling "flagship killer" devices that offer a reasonable facsimile of the products the big players are selling, but at a friendlier price point. At a starting cost of $529, the OnePlus 6 continues that trend. It's a heck of a bargain for what you're getting, with (almost) all the trappings of a modern high-end smartphone.
Sure, OnePlus has steadily been increasing the price of its offerings year over year; and yes, if you saved a while longer, you could nab a Pixel 2, which runs $649. But while the Pixel 2 is still a great phone, it's a device from last year. It doesn't have these specs, it doesn't have this design — and if you want a screen in the size range the OnePlus 6 offers, the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849.
Headphone jack


Something else the Pixel 2 doesn't offer. "Refreshingly not new. (Ahem.)"
Headphone jacks probably aren't too long for this world — in smartphones, anyway. They may never die out completely, but years from now, 3.5-millimeter auxiliary connectors will likely be a semi-niche audio component the way RCA cables are today: there's nothing wrong with them, and you probably have something, somewhere that uses them, but the tech has been around forever, and it's not something you directly interact with very often.
But in the present, not every car has a Bluetooth receiver, and batteries aren't sufficiently advanced as to make a scenario where you might want to charge your device while listening to music implausible. Several manufacturers are aware of this reality (as well as the fact that a headphone jack is still mandatory for plenty of buyers), and OnePlus is one of them. We salute your pragmatism, OnePlus.
Design

OnePlus has always punched above its weight in terms of design and build, and the OnePlus 6 is no exception. At that previously mentioned bargain price point, you get a phone that looks (and feels) like it costs hundreds of dollars more than it actually does. It's got a premium build with tight tolerances, and that modern, tall-aspect-ratio screen, complete with notch.
Yes, there's a notch — that's the price of a slim top bezel in 2018. If you hate it, you can black out the space on either side of it in the system settings. Since it's an OLED panel, the notch disappearing act goes rather well, giving you a persistent notification area where a non-notched top bezel would be. The OnePlus 6 does have a chin at the bottom of the screen, but it's a diminutive one.
With a big 6.28-inch screen and a considerable weight of 177 grams, the OnePlus 6 feels substantial in the hand, and the gentle curves at the edges of the device make it comfortable to hold. Everything about the outside of the device seems well-considered.
Performance

The beauty of the OnePlus 6 isn't just skin-deep. In keeping with tradition, its internal components are just as impressive as its looks and construction: its got a Snapdragon 845 paired with six gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigs of storage for the base model, with options for up to eight gigs of RAM and 256 of storage. The highest-end model tops out at a still-pretty-reasonable $629.
Those top-shelf internals play well with OnePlus's Oxygen OS running on top of Android 8.1. Oxygen OS is lightweight, handsome, and pretty close to a stock Android experience. (It does have some questionable additions — half-baked gesture controls and a useless "Shelf UI" panel to the left of the home screen — but they can be ignored or switched off.) Great specs coupled with well-optimized software make for a device that's really, really fast.
Crazy fast charging

Speaking of fast. While the OnePlus 6 does tick a lot of 2018 flagship boxes, one corner OnePlus had to cut to keep its newest phone's price low was wireless charging. You won't miss it, though — it might not be called Dash Charge, but OnePlus's proprietary charging method is still insanely fast. With first party hardware, the OnePlus 6 juices up from zero to 50 percent in about a half hour, and thanks to the engineering of OnePlus's charger, it doesn't slow down much as the battery gets fuller. To get that kind of speed, though, you do have to use both a OnePlus-branded wall wart and USB cable. The OnePlus 6 doesn't support other fast-charging methods, so anything else will deliver significantly slower results.
And not only does the thing charge in no time, but we found in our review that the OnePlus 6's 3300mAh battery holds up more than well enough to last a full day.
Alert slider

People often give Android OEMs guff when they take feature inspiration from competitors, but an idea doesn't necessarily have to be original to be good. Since 2015's OnePlus 2, OnePlus has included in its phones a feature familiar to iPhone users: a physical mute switch. OnePlus takes it a step further with a slider, and it's smart, simple, and confoundingly unique among Android handsets.
Starting with Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3, the alert slider got kind of wonky, but after a whole lot of complaints to that end, the OnePlus 6's slider has returned to a setup that makes sense. It has three positions: sound on, vibrate, and silent, which blocks all noise save for alarms. Android P's second Developer Preview has the same three settings available next to the on-screen volume slider as well as an awkward two-button silence gesture, but such software solutions require, at the very least, the phone's screen to be on.
A physical control just makes sense here. Out to lunch? Click, you're on vibrate. Going to sleep? Click, no interruptions until your alarm. Forget to silence your phone at the movies and it starts ringing? You don't even have to take it out of your pocket — just feel for the textured slider and flick it to silent. The alert slider is a real differentiator for OnePlus, and something I'd like to see other manufacturers ape in their own devices.
Bonus 7th perk: Great cases

Now, this isn't specific to the OnePlus 6, per se, but another great thing about owning a OnePlus phone is the righteous first-party case selection. Handsome though the OnePlus 6 may be, the clumsy among us will feel safer slapping a case on it. From basic silicone to carbon fiber to a lovely ebony wood number that makes me miss my old Moto X, OnePlus probably has something to suit your tastes that won't diminish your phone's looks.
The OnePlus 6 isn't perfect. Its glass back prioritizes aesthetics over durability, and it's not certified for any proper water resistance (OnePlus only says it's "splash-proof"), and there are better cameras out there. But if none of those factors are deal-breakers for you, these six features are great reasons to consider OnePlus's latest.
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OnePlus Bullets Wireless Earbuds Sold Out In EU In 3 Minutes


The OnePlus Bullets Wireless earbuds have been sold out in the European Union within three minutes of being released on OnePlus.com, with the company’s co-founder Carl Pei promptly taking to Twitter to boast about the achievement. The Shenzhen, Guangdong-based electronics maker hasn’t clarified how many units it had in stock for consumers in Europe and it remains to be seen whether its American arm clears its inventory as quickly as the European one did once the in-ear headphones are released in the United States later today. The gadget itself launched alongside the Silk White variant of the OnePlus 6, the firm’s most powerful Android flagship to date which was officially announced in mid-May.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless retail(ed) at €69 in Europe and will come with a $69 price tag in the U.S., seeking to compete with much more expensive audio solutions. It’s presently unclear when OnePlus will be able to restock its European supplies, with this state of affairs being a common occurrence with its products; while the company has been growing at a rapid pace in recent years, with every new handset from its workshop outselling its direct predecessor, its manufacturing scale increases remain relatively conservative, as evidenced by the fact that its devices often end up being in limited supply during the first several months of their official commercial availability. That’s also currently the case with both Midnight Black OnePlus 6 models which have been out of stock in the U.S. for several days now.

In recent Twitter interactions with consumers, Mr. Pei said OnePlus failed to anticipate the demand for the Bullets Wireless in Europe, having added that the company is working on making more units available for purchase as soon as possible. The Bullets Wireless have yet to receive an Indian release date, whereas anyone who attended the OnePlus 6 launch event in London and pre-ordered the Android smartphone with free earbuds using a coupon code provided on site will receive them in the coming days, with Mr. Pei confirming those units will be shipped this week.
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OnePlus 6 limited edition Silk White sells out in a day, new drop scheduled for June 12th


OnePlus' new Silk White variant of the OnePlus 6 is an attractive device. It even sold me on the merits of a white phone, though I've been a staunch advocate against them. Apparently a lot of other people felt the same. According to its site, OnePlus has burned through its stock in a bit over a day. Thankfully, another limited drop is coming on June 12th.

Interested parties can sign up to be notified when it's back in stock, but I'd urge you to act quickly if and when it comes back. In our time spent with the device, I came away quite impressed with both the OnePlus 6 in general and this limited edition white version in particular. Although I'd never take it to the beach for fear of sand and scratches, it's certainly got that sort of aesthetic going.
If you're on the fence or just sad you missed your chance, you can peruse our gallery of Silk White photos in the meantime. June 12th is just a bit under a week away.
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[Update: OnePlus promises a fix] OnePlus 6 bootloader vulnerability could allow anyone with physical access full control of your phone



One of the most elementary aspects of phone security is the idea of a locked bootloader, which is supposed to prevent a handset from flashing or booting arbitrary code, ostensibly keeping the software on the device secure. It's super basic—or, at least, it's supposed to be. Turns out, the OnePlus 6 will allow you to boot any arbitrary or modified image you choose, even on a locked bootloader.

According to XDA Developers, the vulnerability was discovered by zx2c4, a security researcher named Jason Donenfeld and president of Edge Security. In our own testing, we were able to confirm that this vulnerability is present on the OnePlus 6, allowing anyone with access and the means to boot an arbitrary image on the device.



Booting TWRP on a bootloader-locked OnePlus 6 is this simple, apparently. And it would be just as simple to boot any other arbitrary image, whatever it may be.


At first, this might only seem like something the root/ROM community can get excited about, but considering a stock OnePlus 6 boot image could be modified to include things like root access and insecure ADB, it's a very serious problem. It could give an attacker full control of the device.
All someone would need to violate the security of a OnePlus 6 phone right now is an external computer, a cable, and enough time to restart the device into the bootloader/fastboot mode and boot a modified image. USB debugging doesn't even need to be enabled since this is all done with fastboot. Typically a locked bootloader would prevent this from being possible, but, for whatever reason, OnePlus seems to have slipped up on this.



To be clear, this vulnerability requires that an attacker have physical and unsupervised access to the phone for a few minutes, with a computer and cable on hand to pass a new boot image via fastboot. Any time you give up physical access like that, security is a valid concern, known exploit or not.

This isn't the first time OnePlus has been caught in this sort of thing. We've reached out to OnePlus about this vulnerability, and we'll update our coverage as the story develops.

OnePlus has provided us with the following statement, which implies this vulnerability should soon be fixed:

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We take security seriously at OnePlus. We are in contact with the security researcher, and a software update will be rolling out shortly.
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OxygenOS 5.1.6 for OnePlus 6 adds Portrait Mode for front camera, battery percentage in status bar, and more



A new update is rolling out to the OnePlus 6, bringing with it a nice selection of changes and improvements. OxygenOS 5.1.6 adds some notable highlights, such as Portrait Mode for the front camera, support for VoLTE on Idea in India, and several other things. Without further ado, let's take a look at the changelog.
Network
  • Enable Idea VoLTE services in India
  • Fixed stability issues for Dual Sim Cards
Camera
  • Added Portrait Mode for the front camera
  • Added preview for Light Bokeh effect in Portrait Mode of the rear camera
Phone
  • Optimized call clarity
System
  • Supported battery percentage in the status bar
  • Improved ringtone volume and sound quality
  • Now able to schedule Do Not Disturb(DND) mode
  • Added Dual-4G network option in SIM & network settings
  • Optimized power consumption and Improved system stability
Earphone mode
  • Added smart answer for Bluetooth - automatically answer incoming calls when connecting to Bluetooth devices

Idea subscribers should be happy to see that the OP6 now supports VoLTE on their carrier, and stability fixes for dual-SIM are very good to see. Portrait Mode fans, you can now use the shooting mode on the front camera. And if you're using Portrait with the rear lens, you can now see a preview when using the Light Bokeh effect.

Some of you may have noticed that the battery percentage indicator in the status bar was not an available option on the OnePlus 6. It's a small thing, but people like Artem and me rely on it daily. So it getting added in OxygenOS 5.1.6 is certainly nice. Continuing on with the notable changes, DND mode can now be scheduled, the phone supports a dual-4G network option, and you can automatically answer calls when connecting to Bluetooth devices.

Thanks, Ryne. Left: Normal; Right: Portrait Mode
The OTA is in a staged rollout right now, starting in Germany and Canada. You can always try the classic VPN trick, go with Oxygen Updater, or wait. OnePlus has not updated the downloads page at time of writing, so you can't go the manually flashing route just yet.
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OnePlus 6 Uses Dirac Tech For Improved Audio Performance



The OnePlus 6 comes with Dirac audio solutions as part of a deal between OnePlus and Dirac Research. Officially the deal inks Dirac as the exclusive provider of audio solutions for the OnePlus 6, the smartphone company’s latest device, and as a result it more specifically comes packed with both Dirac Power Sound and Dirac HD Sound, both of which are aimed at making the audio performance of the OnePlus 6 a cut above the rest. What’s more is that the technology was built to enhance the sound from the speaker as well as earphones that are plugged into the device, specifically OnePlus’ own earphones.

Of note is that both the Dirac Power Sound and Dirac HD Sound features are digital audio solutions software, and this means that should anything need to be tweaked or further optimized with improvements or enhancements after the fact, it should be possible to make that happen. Dirac Research states that both its solutions help the OnePlus 6 deliver optimized sound that is more clear and adds more bass to the audio, so users should experience loud, punchy sound when listening to music or the audio from video or games.
In addition to bass that Dirac calls “tighter and more powerful,” optimizations for the OnePlus earphones were made as well thanks to the Dirac HD Sound software, with Dirac stating that it tweaked things to the point that users will get the best sound possible from the earphones. Though this deal is just being announced officially the OnePlus 6 already comes with this audio software technology inside of it, so users can likely expect a great sound experience from the get-go whether they choose to listen to audio through the phone’s speakers or through the OnePlus earphones. With Dirac Research being the exclusive audio partner for the OnePlus 6, it’s possible that the deal could extend to future OnePlus smartphones as well, though nothing has been confirmed and nothing has so far been mentioned.
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The OnePlus 6 has sold 1 million units in 22 days, making it the fastest-selling OnePlus phone yet



There was general discontent when OnePlus announced the new OnePlus 6 with a display notch and a glass back. Some OP fans claimed they'd never purchase the phone, but it appears they were a vocal minority. The company has just announced that the OP6 sold 1 million units in just 22 days, which is much faster than its previous phones.

You're probably wondering how that compares to those past phones. OnePlus says it took both the OnePlus 5 and 5T three months to hit 1 million units even with their lower prices. So, the OnePlus 6 is apparently selling three times faster than the company's 2017 flagship phones. OP previously sold out of the special edition white OnePlus 6 in a day.
OnePlus didn't break down sales per country but did note that sales were up last year by 139% in North America. It expects similar growth this year. If you were hoping the notch and glass design were temporary, think again.
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OnePlus Camera v2.7.19 adds Google Lens shortcut [APK Download]






Earlier this year at I/O, it was revealed that Google Lens would soon arrive in camera apps by other manufacturers, including Motorola, LG, HMD/Nokia, and OnePlus. In the last case, the wait is unofficially over, as version 2.7.19 of the OnePlus Camera app brings a convenient Google Lens shortcut to the camera app for OnePlus devices.

Left: OnePlus Camera app v2.6.108. Right: v 2.7.19 with extra Google Lens shortcut.
This new version of the app arrived at our sister site APK Mirror just two days ago, and its origin stems from the recently released Android P Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6. In our testing, it also works with the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 3, though, and it should likely work for other OnePlus phones as well.
Those that install the update should see the new Google Lens shortcut on the bottom row in the pane which appears when swiping up from the area surrounding the shutter. Give it a tap, and it takes you to the same Google Lens screen accessible via the Assistant.
Parties that aren't interested in waiting for a future OTA which includes the addition of Google Lens can sideload the updated APK in the meantime by pulling it down via APK Mirror:

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OnePlus Switch v1.2 supports moving app data and downloads between phones, fixes transfer data repeat issue





OnePlus Switch is an app that lets people quickly migrate their stuff from an old phone to a OnePlus device. It comes standard on OP phones now, going back to the 3/3T. The app just got updated to v1.2, addressing a few issues and improving what can be transferred.
App data can now be sent together with installed applications.
Here's the changelog:
  • Support application data, download and office files transfer;
  • Optimize UI for improving user experience
  • Solve the transfer data repeat problem
  • Add “System stability improvement program”


Switch can now move app data, downloads, and office files to your new OnePlus phone. Though it's news to me, it's good to see that OP addressed the "transfer data repeat" problem. Otherwise, you can join the new System Stability Improvement Program if you so choose, though that doesn't seem all that exciting, to be honest — still, you have that option available to you.
If the Play Store update hasn't hit your phone yet, you can grab it from APK Mirror.
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OnePlus 6T Concept Appears With A Pop-Up Camera: Video


The OnePlus 6T will probably arrive sometime in the fourth quarter this year, and the first OnePlus 6T concept design has just surfaced. This concept design comes from the ‘Science and Knowledge’ YouTube channel, and it should not be confused with a leak or something of the sort, as this is a third-party design seemingly inspired by the Vivo NEX, it actually looks like a cross between the Vivo NEXand the OnePlus 6. Having said that, it is possible that the OnePlus 6T ends up looking like the Vivo NEX, but we’ll just have to wait and see what will happen.

If you take a look at the video which is embedded down below, you will be able to see a smartphone which is made out of metal and glass, which sports extremely thin bezels, and a really thin ‘chin’ below the display. This handset, much like the Vivo NEX, sports a pop-up camera, though that camera is centered on this phone, and it seems like there are two sensors included there. The display on the device sports rounded corners, and the back side of the phone is curved. Interestingly enough, the designer decided to include three cameras on the back of this phone, while a fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be found, at least not a capacitive one, that’s because this phone comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The volume up and down buttons are located on the left-hand side of the phone, while an alert slider is located above them. The power / lock key can be found on the right, while the OnePlus logo sits on the back of this concept smartphone.
Along with this design, the source also shared some imaginary specs for this OnePlus 6T concept. The phone features a 6.4-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) AMOLED display, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor. Android 8.1 Oreo comes pre-installed on the phone with OnePlus’ OxygenOS, while the device features 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of native storage. The designer envisioned 8, 16 and 20-megapixel rear-facing cameras for this phone, and two 16-megapixel selfie shooters, while facial recognition is also included.


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OnePlus Commits to 5G Phone, US Carrier Relationships
On stage at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said the company is working on a 5G phone for 2019—and working on North American carriers.


SHANGHAI—OnePlus might be coming to a carrier store near you. In a one-on-one at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau said the company is working with US carriers, and that it aims to produce a 5G smartphone next year.

The announcements came as part of a conversation about OnePlus' product and community philosophy. Lau said that his company's relationship with Qualcomm is leading to OnePlus becoming one of the first 5G mobile phone makers, and that the launch will sync up with the first year of 5G being available in the US.

OnePlus is a cult smartphone maker that, most of the time, only makes one phone. Right now, it's the OnePlus 6, a $529 flagship smartphone that we said is blazingly fast in our review; we only criticized it for not being sold on monthly plans, which a pairing-up with a US carrier would fix. OnePlus users tend to love their phones. The company won our Readers' Choice award in both 2015 and 2018, although it didn't have enough survey responses to be mentioned in the intervening years.

Coming to a US carrier would be a big leap for OnePlus, which has focused on direct sales in the US so far. The company has recently started selling phones through European carriers. Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the US have hands on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.

Don't worry about those carriers adding a bunch of bloatware to your OnePlus 6. Lau said that the "burdenless" core of the company's phones means that OnePlus prioritizes speed and a bloatware-free experience.

Lau went further into the company's philosophy by talking about the OnePlus 6's controversial screen notch, which was criticized on social media before the phone's launch.

OnePlus listens to its fans, he said, but tries to get to the core of their actual needs, as opposed to fulfilling specific specs. As an example, he mentioned fans calling for specific battery capacities, when he said what they really wanted is longer battery life. With the screen notch, he said the company had to justify its utility (and provide a way to turn it off), which it did.

The OnePlus 6 has been the fastest-selling OnePlus phone ever, selling more than a million units in 22 days.
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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches




In the last few years, OnePlus has gotten serious about keeping its devices updated. While it can feel like stable OxygenOS releases take a while sometimes, the Open Beta program represents what OEMs should do: give those who are willing early access to new features, Android versions, and so on. Further attempting to bolster its positive reputation in this area, OnePlus released the Software Maintenance Schedule, which promises two years of software and three years of security releases for each device and it's already in effect.
The OnePlus 3/3T are already hitting the two-year mark, or close enough in the latter's case, but OnePlus has said that those phones will receive one more Open Beta, which will be followed shortly by a new stable release to bring them back to the regular channel. November will mark the last feature update, with another year of security patches to follow.

Just work forward from there: the OnePlus 5/5T will get another year of software and two more of security updates and the 6 still has its full release schedule to go. None of this is new or frankly surprising – it's what you get with Pixel and Android One devices – but now we have documentation that OnePlus is committing to the two year/three year release schedule. It also said that T variant release dates would be considered in this Schedule.
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OnePlus 6 revealed in new bright red colorway, available July 10th




OnePlus posted a rubicund teaser late last week that, together with a slightly potato photo, implied we'd be seeing a carmine version of the company's 2018 flagship. The scarlet announcement of the cherry-cheeked phone has just landed, and next week you'll be able to order a vermilion-tinted version of the OnePlus 6 yourself. Today is a red-letter day.





The Red OnePlus 6 continues a legacy set by the Lava 5T. Although the new phone might not have the same "xtreme" name, the spiritual successor to last year's limited release required a bit of an engineering change for OnePlus to deliver. The new phone has an additional "evaporated layer of brightening film" to bring out that bright (but not too bright) red luster. The company claims the effect cost an extra $5 per phone.

OnePlus states that this layer, tied with a new film coating process, results in "a red that’s more elegant, one that leaves a strong impression of quality and value." Whatever is involved, the video below makes the new hardware look pretty hot.

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The OnePlus 6 Red will be available in the 8GB + 128GB size next week, with sales starting on July 10th for $579—the same price as the current Black and Silk White colors of equivalent specification. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones will also return to sale on that date, so you can easily pick both up at the same time, should you have been eyeing each.

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[Update: Rolling out, screenshots] OxygenOS Open Beta 13 and 11 for OnePlus 5 and 5T will bring Treble support


OnePlus' OxygenOS Open Betas give us an illuminating glimpse into the company's future software plans. Although it's possible that not every feature that makes it into the Open Betas will be deemed fit for stable release, they give us an advance look at the company's intentions, if nothing else. Today OnePlus has released a new pair of Open Betas for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and the changes are quite substantial, including "Supported [sic] for Project Treble."
The full changelogs for Open Beta 13 (OP5) and Open Beta 11 (OP5T) are just below:
System
  • A brand new user interface
  • Supported accent color (Settings - Display - Customization)
  • Supported for Project Treble
Launcher
  • Improved search tags in the app drawer
  • Added "New installs" category tag in the app drawer
  • Improved app list for hidden space and toolbox
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  • Optimized logic for the contacts page
Weather
  • Brand new design with improved user experience
  • All forecasts integrated under a single interface leading to a fully immersive experience


OnePlus has issued a noteworthy warning about migration paths for this update as well:
Note: as this build supports project treble If you are not running open beta 12 for OnePlus 5 and open beta 10 OnePlus 5T make sure you flash this builds before updating, if not you should clear all data and cache from recovery before flashing the latest build.


At the time of writing, the update doesn't appear to be available for us on our varied OnePlus 5Ts via means such as Oxygen Updater. That isn't too surprising, as it sometimes takes a bit of time for these builds to start to trickle out. OnePlus occasionally announces them before they hit test markets. Unfortunately, it also means we can't flash it just yet for our own hands-on—something we're excited to do, given the substantial changes present.
There are a lot of UI-based improvements and tweaks stated, such as the redesign for OnePlus' weather app and a new UI for the system app (though we're not sure how that might manifest yet). And although visual changes like that are always entertaining, it's the addition of Project Treble that has us the most excited—if our tense-changing translation of the changelog's slightly broken English is correct.
This new Open Beta should still be based on Android 8.1, but the addition Treble support would be a big deal, especially considering OnePlus previously stated that its older devices, including the 5 and 5T, wouldn't be getting Treble support. As a technical consideration, it's also interesting that OnePlus was able to do it without repartitioning storage for the device. ASUS was able to add Treble support to one of its phones without adding a vendor partition, so it's possible OnePlus made a similar maneuver for the OnePlus 5 and 5T here.
If the addition of Treble support is accurate, it could mean even better ROM support—not that OnePlus' hardware needs any more help there, its products are already among the most popular devices in the root and ROM community.
If and when we get a chance to examine the visual changes present in this latest pair of Open Betas in more detail, we'll update this article with some comparisons. Until then, stable-channel OP5 and 5T users can dream sweet Treble dreams.
Update: 2018/07/04 11:18am PDT Update now rolling out, plus screenshots

OnePlus jumped the gun a bit on this announcement, as the update itself didn't actually end up rolling out until late last night. If you don't see it on your device and a VPN to one of OnePlus' test markets doesn't trigger the update, it does appear to be live in Oxygen Updater. Unfortunately Jordan—who usually handles our Beta update coverage—is out, but one of our readers (we ❤ you) has supplied us with a small pile of screenshots. Thanks again, "Miku is Best Vocaloid."
Quick settings toggles (left) and accent color picker in settings (right) on the latest beta.
Quick settings icons have been tweaked, in a way somewhat reminiscent of the recent hollowed-out Android P iconography. Accent color finally has a custom picker as well, which has been a long-standing request in Oxygen OS. Those of us (like me) that have been excitedly waiting to get monochrome accents may now have the option.
Old Reboot UI (left), new UI (right)
The Reboot menu also has a new monochrome look, with what appears to be a directional swipe for power off/reboot options.
Settings app in the latest Betas (pardon the length).
Icon changes carry over into the settings app as well, with the same Android P-ish outlines replacing previously solid designs.
So far, it looks like OnePlus was somewhat accurate in describing these changes as "a brand new user interface," as things do appear to have been tweaked across the board. Even so, it's still recognizable as OnePlus software/Oxygen OS. The company has developed a pretty consistent design. Now we just have to wait and see if/when these changes make it to a Stable Oxygen OS release.
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Fix For OnePlus 6’s ‘Oil Painting’ Camera Issue Coming Soon


According to a new report, OnePlus plans to fix the ‘oil painting’ effect on the OnePlus 6 in the near future. This information comes from the company’s support team, as you can see in the provided image down below. OnePlus’ support team says that the next update will optimize that very specific camera issue, though do keep in mind that the info is coming from OnePlus’ China team, not its global unit.

Having said that, this update will probably hit HydrogenOS (OnePlus’ software for the Chinese market) first, and then it will land on the OnePlus 6 via OxygenOS for global units. This update will almost certainly go through the Open Beta program that the company has running first, so those of you who are using beta software will get a taste of it first. Now, the ‘oil painting’ issue has been plaguing the company’s smartphones for a while now (via several devices), and a permanent fix has not been rolled out by the company. Now, it seems like the HDR mode is the culprit here, which was to be expected, as it seems like something goes wrong in image processing. This issues should be fixable via a software update, as it does not seem to be hardware related at all, same as on the company’s previous devices, some of which had that very same issue.
The OnePlus 6 had been introduced back in May, and the company had released quite a few updates for the device thus far, not only optimizing the device but adding new features to it. The ‘oil painting’ effect may not be an issue for all OnePlus users, as there are some reports out there, but not as much as we’ve seen before, and we did not have such issues during the review (it’s possible that the issue appeared with one of the updates that arrived post-review). In any case, if you’re having such issues with your camera, a future update should take care of it, while you will also be able to choose new accent colors as well, which is a feature that OnePlus is currently testing. In case you’re wondering, OxygenOS 5.1.8 is the latest stable update for the OnePlus 6, and if you’d like to know more about the device, feel free to check out our full review of the device.





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OnePlus 6 Could Have Looked so Cool in These Experimental Colors




OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6 in Silk White, Midnight Black, and Mirror Black. The company is soon to release the Red version, too. What if OnePlus launched the phone in a pearlescent or differently colored matte finishes? Would you be more interested? We certainly would be!
PC Mag was recently at the company’s HQ in China and was shown many of the different experimental color options OnePlus was toying with when creating the device. We can see from the photo above and the video below that there were a lot of options to choose from. There are pinks, purples, greens, matte finishes, glossy finishes, and everything in between.
We know that many companies do this when creating their devices, but it’s not every day we, the consumers, get to see what might’ve been. You might hear us say this often, but we’re getting rather bored with just Black and White options. We want some color flare!
Check out the video below and see just how cool the OnePlus 6 backside looks in all of these different colors.





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The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will support Project Treble after all


Faster updates for older phones



Will they? Won't they? The saga of whether or not the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T will be upgraded to support Project Treble has had its twists and turns, but everything turned out alright in the end – OnePlus has confirmed that these 2017 handsets will indeed get Treble support very soon.

For those joining us late, Project Treble is Google's latest initiative to get Androidphones running more recent software more quickly. It cuts down the amount of work manufacturers have to do to get Android upgrades ready for their own phones, which in theory should mean speedier roll outs.



Last year a OnePlus rep said the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T wouldn't be getting Project Treble support, meaning more work for OnePlus to get Android Pready for these phones, and a longer delay as a result. That position now seems to have been reversed.

Trebles all round


Project Treble is already built into the OnePlus 6 (perhaps one reason why it has access to the Android P beta), and has just arrived in the beta version of OxygenOS, now available for the two immediate predecessors to the OnePlus 6. The user interface of OnePlus' take on Android gets a few extra improvements and tweaks too.

"After several months of evaluation and hard work, we finally found a solution to make this possible, and we are very excited to share this good news with you," gushes OnePlus in the release notes for the OxygenOS open beta.

This doesn't guarantee that the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will get ultra-fast updates in the future, but it's a very good sign. If you don't want to risk beta software on your phone – very wise of you – then the same upgrades should be rolling out in the stable version of OxygenOS in the not-too-distant future.


Related product: OnePlus 5

Our Verdict:


The OnePlus 5 is no longer available, after it was replaced by the OnePlus 5T. A great camera, phenomenal performance and a premium design combine to make this a fantastic buy for anyone looking for a more affordable flagship phone.

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  • Fantastic camera
  • Phenomenal performance


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  • Pricier than previous iterations
  • Only Full HD display
  • No microSD support




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OnePlus Reflects On Its Recent Promises, Makes New Ones


OnePlus has opened a new thread in its official forums section, and in that thread, the company basically summarized the first half of 2018, as far as updates and promises are concerned. The company hosted several Open Ears forums around the globe, and during those Open Ears forums, OnePlus promised certain improvements to consumers, well, the company refers to some of those promises in the aforementioned thread, while OnePlus also made some promises for the foreseeable future as well.

The company has promised to make the OnePlus 3 and 3T compatible with most 3rd party camera apps in the next update, as OnePlus did with the OnePlus 5 and 5T last year. OnePlus says that the camera app remembers HDR settings since OxygenOS 5.1.0, and that it is working on optimizing ‘collections’ in its Gallery application. OnePlus also said that it is working hard on improving ‘Panorama’ camera option, and that optimizations for the ‘oil painting effect’ are coming soon, first optimizations have arrived to the OnePlus 5 and 5T via the latest beta update, and will be pushed out in the next stable update as well. OnePlus also added that it has spent quite some time on improving its agents’ response, skill and knowledge in the last two months, and that it will work hard in order to improve the experience for consumers even more, as quite a few consumers complained about OnePlus customer service during the company’s Open Ears Forum in Sweden.
As far as OxygenOS is concerned, OnePlus reflected on the fact it introduced ‘Software Maintenance Schedule’ recently, and has also suggested that Android P will land later this year its devices. The company said that the accent color customization support is now available in the latest Open Beta build for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and that it will be rolling out to its latest five devices in the next stable update. The company reflected on the fact that the Camera2 API is supported by most of its devices now, and that the OnePlus Switch app supports application data migration. There are some additional entries included in the company’s forum post, so if you’d like to see everything, follow the source link down below.


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  • OnePlus Gallery update adds video editing tools, lets you trim clips and mix in background music


The OnePlus 6 has more than a few advantages over the company's previous hardware, which is to be expected, given it's the latest model. But, a handful of the phone's smaller benefits are now trickling down to older handsets via an update to the OnePlus Gallery app. Rolling out now, the app update is bringing some of the OP6's video editing tools—including slow-motion video editing, background music, and general clipping/trimming—to older phones.

Previous versions of the OnePlus Gallery video interface (left), v2.6.71 with the new editing shortcut (right)
So far as we can tell, these features originally appeared on the OnePlus 6, first showing up in either the initial version of the OnePlus Gallery included on the phone, or silently added later via one of the OTAs for the device. These additions may also be found in versions of the app included in recent Open Betas for other OnePlus phones (we can confirm it appearing in the OnePlus 5T Open Beta 11), but this should mark the first time they've arrived on older handsets via stable methods. It manifests as you see above, with a new pencil icon for editing appearing between favorite and delete.
Tap that icon, and you get three new options for modifying your videos. The scissors icon takes you to a trim tool for snipping up longer video, the middle option is for filters, and the music note in a box gives you a selection of cheesy background beats.
The update also includes slow-motion video editing, bringing the feature to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. It doesn't manifest in quite the same way, as the editor simply pops up when the video is played: It isn't hiding behind an edit button.
The full changelog for this update is below:
WHAT'S NEW
- Added video editing feature to trim videos, add background music and apply filters
- Added slow motion video editing feature
- Bug fixes and experience improvements


This update is rolling out to devices at least as old as the OnePlus 3, giving them all the same video editing chops as OnePlus' latest phone, even if they aren't inheriting the new model's improved camera performance. (Although OnePlus has promised it will improve camera quality on the OnePlus 5/5T in the future.)
Interested parties should be able to pull down the update over on the Play Store, but you can also pull it down via APKMirror if you'd prefer.

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Stereo Speaker Mod Turns OnePlus 6’s Earpiece Into A Speaker


The OnePlus 6 comes with a single, bottom-firing speaker, though thanks to a new mod, you can utilize the phone’s earpiece as a speaker as well. If you’re looking to boost audio on the OnePlus 6, XDA Senior Member, ‘acervenky’, has created a mod for the phone which will turn an earpiece in a secondary speaker, basically, and that will give you a front-facing speaker on the phone as well.

Do keep in mind that in order to load this mod on the OnePlus 6, you’ll need Magisk in order to enable the module itself, and the source notes that it will work partially on a stock version of OxygenOS. If you’d like to get the stereo audio working along with this mod, you will need to load the NoLimits ROM or Viper Audio on the OnePlus 6. So, basically, if you have no experience tweaking smartphones, and you don’t feel safe enough to do it on your own, it would be best if you don’t do it at all, as things can go south and you may end up messing up the OnePlus 6’s software and as a result brick the device. This is not exactly a simple install, and things can go wrong.
That being said, if you’d like to risk it anyway, visit the source link down below for all the info you’ll need, and some files that you’ll need to install in order to get the mode working. In addition to all that, a user who developed this mod, ‘acervenky’, also shared a tutorial video on his YouTube page, though do keep in mind that he already has Magisk installed on the OnePlus 6 and all the prerequisites in order to make this work, it’s not a full tutorial video how to get everything set up if your phone is running stock and you haven’t installed any modding tools on it. Having said that, the tutorial video has been embedded down below for your convenience, just in case you opt to try out this mod.




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The 5 worst things about the OnePlus 6






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There's a lot to like about the OnePlus 6. It looks great, its got that genius alert slider, and it charges really fast. It isn't perfect, though; to hit an appropriately OnePlus price point, some corners invariably must be cut. Last month, we shared with you six things we liked about the OnePlus 6. Now, here are five things we don't.

Price (again)

Price was on our list of the best things about the OnePlus 6, and while it is still a big part of why the device is appealing — it doesn't really have any equals at its price point — OnePlus has been steadily upping the price tag on its offerings year over year at a rate that, proportionally, far exceeds other manufacturers.
When the OnePlus One, similarly well-equipped for its time, launched in June of 2014, it cost a meager $299 — half the price of then-big players like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S. The OnePlus 6 may still be half the price of Apple's best offering, but undercutting the $999 iPhone X isn't a particularly impressive feat.
Again, $529 is a good price for what you're getting. But the progression of OnePlus' launch prices (with the exception of 2015's super-budget OnePlus X) is an alarming trend, seeing the company on track to potentially double its own prices in the span of five years:
  • OnePlus One – $299
  • OnePlus 2 – $329
  • OnePlus X – $249
  • OnePlus 3 – $399
  • OnePlus 3T – $439
  • OnePlus 5 – $479
  • OnePlus 5T – $499
  • OnePlus 6 – $529
What's more, the climbing cost of OnePlus phones hasn't seen much added to sweeten the pot. Each successive device features up-to-date specs and an okay camera wrapped up in a handsome design. OnePlus isn't exactly packing its phones with bleeding edge features.
Everything gets more expensive over time, but this is a little more than inflation. At a point, it goes from flagship killer to just flagship.
No proper water resistance

On its website, OnePlus describes the 6 as being water resistant "under certain conditions" despite having no IP rating to speak of. It's equipped with "weather protection," the site says, which should keep it from shorting out in the rain. That's all well and good, but water resistance — I'm talking bona fide, survive-a-dip-in-the-tub resistance — is table stakes for premium phones in 2018. The OnePlus 6 may be emulating a high-end device at a mid-range price, but HTC managed to get last year's U11 Life IP67 certified, and that thing cost $349. Aside from cutting costs, I can't see any reason the OnePlus 6 shouldn't be able to live through a drop in a pond. Considering OnePlus' savings seem to be increasingly for the company's benefit rather than ours, I'm not crazy about that.
Speaker placement


That's were my hand goes when I'm watching a video, OnePlus.
The OnePlus 6 has a big, bright, nigh bezel-less screen that's great for watching videos and playing games. Unfortunately, those are generally landscape activities (well, except on IGTV), and OnePlus decided the speaker on the 6 should be downward-facing on the bottom edge of the device, right where your hand goes when you hold the phone on its side. This isn't really surprising; speakers have been downward-facing on previous OnePlus phones and indeed plenty of others. But if, for the sake of our tiny-bezel future, OnePlus absolutely couldn't fit front-facing speakers into the OnePlus 6's design, it could've at least taken a cue from phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and HTC U12+ and made the earpiece a second speaker.
A glass back that's just for looks

The OnePlus 6's glass back is nice. It feels good, it's pretty, and it's very 2018 — but it's purely for aesthetics. The vast majority of devices incorporating more fragile glass into their designs than necessary do so for the sake of facilitating wireless charging, since it doesn't work through metal and plastic is apparently the devil. OnePlus did it solely to ape trendy smartphone design. In an absolutely silly 1,000-plus-word forum post about "honest design," OnePlus CEO Pete Lau wrote that the "advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling." That seems like one advantage to me, and a pretty dubious one at that.
In our best features post on the OnePlus 6, I said you wouldn't miss wireless charging in light of the phone's ludicrously fast wired charging, and I stand by that; I don't miss it. But considering the the glass here doesn't do much beyond making the phone easier to break and harder to fix, I would've preferred a metal build. At least OnePlus includes a case in the box.
Weak carrier support


Carrier support info from OnePlus' website.
In perhaps its most egregious flaw, the OnePlus 6, like other OnePlus devices before it, is unusable to many people. The phone supports primarily GSM wireless bands, meaning that both Sprint and — much more importantly — Verizon subscribers can't use it without switching carriers. Verizon Wireless is the largest cell service provider in the United States; combined with relative small fry Sprint, you've got a whole lot of potential OnePlus buyers out in the cold. Even devices sold directly through carriers generally play nice with other networks — a Pixel purchased from Verizon works just fine on AT&T.
To get a device that feels expensive to be, well, inexpensive, concessions have to be made. OnePlus definitely made those concessions, while also ratcheting the OnePlus 6's price up another 30 bucks over its previous offering, all without doing anything particularly novel. If you're not a Verizon customer (statistically, you're probably not a Sprint customer) and you're not concerned with durability, the OnePlus 6 is still a great option — but OnePlus is running out of room to raise its prices without bringing something fresh to the table.
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