Here is some good news for owners of the OnePlus 5T -- OnePlus has recently rolled out an open OxygenOS beta that comes with the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. When the OnePlus 5T had officially launched back in November last year, it came preloaded with OxygenOS based on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat, despite the fact that Android Oreo had already been released about a month earlier.
But with the deployment of the new open OxygenOS beta, OnePlus 5T users now get an opportunity to experience for themselves some of Android Oreo’s more interesting features. These include auto fill text and picture in picture viewing mode. For good measure, the Chinese phone maker has also decided to introduce some improvements via the beta -- these tweaks include an option for uploading images to Shot on OnePlus, as well as the unification of app shortcuts and icon options.
It goes without saying that because this OxygenOS roll out is strictly still an open beta, there are bound to be some few bugs here and there. In other words, those who are looking to enjoy a completely seamless and bug free OS experience may want to think it through carefully before installing the beta. For those willing to take the plunge, they may want to back up everything, just in case.
As for owners of the original OnePlus 5 (the OnePlus 5T’s predecessor), they might be delighted to know that OnePlus is also delivering the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock functionality to the OnePlus 5 by way of an OxygenOS beta update. As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, the fact that it comes in an open beta launch should come with some warning so users better think twice before installing the feature.
With the immense buzz that iPhone X’s Face ID technology has generated in the last few months, lots of phone makers are now also eager to showcase their own take on facial recognition software, especially as a means for unlocking a mobile device. OnePlus is no exception to this, and its Face Unlock feature is exactly as it sounds -- allowing OnePlus device owners to authenticate their identity by just looking directly at their handset. While it is true that Face Unlock may not be as technologically advanced nor as safe as Apple’s Face ID, it does offer plenty of convenience, as opposed to going through the usual sign in process when trying to unlock one's phone.
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