As OnePlus begins to work on Android Pie for a number of its flagship smartphones from recent years, they’re still working on both of their software channels. The Open Beta program is currently still active on the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T, and Open Beta 17/15 brings huge changes to the system. Not only is there the inclusion of Gaming Mode 3.0, but there are a number of other system changes in tow as well. Also notable is the inclusion of a front-facing portrait mode, just like on the OnePlus 6as promised. You can read the full changelog below!
OxygenOS Open Beta 17/15 for the OnePlus 5/OnePlus 5T
Added Toast message source for Toast messages sent by background apps
Added description about sleep standby optimization when the function is turned on for the first time
Optimized background power consumption control
Fixed call recording issue in India
Updated Android security patch to 2018.8
Added portrait mode for the front camera
Gaming mode 3.0
Added call suspension notification
Added text notification mode
UI and interaction optimization
Hourly weather forecast
8 units of meteorological data including precipitation probability and Perceived temperature
Improved weather data accuracy
New OxygenOS UI
Optimized process for sharing notes as an image
The Toast message source is also a widely requested feature on custom ROMs, as it can be incredibly useful for finding spammy applications. Gaming Mode 3.0 is also present, which adds a call suspend notification, text notification mode, and UI optimization.
On top of all of that, OnePlus’ own suite of applications have gotten some work done as well. The Notes app has been updated to be consistent with the system’s new UI that was introduced in the last Open Beta. The OnePlus Switch app has also gotten some UI work done. Other apps such as the included OnePlus Weather app has now become infinitely more useful as well, with an hourly weather forecast for starters.
Overall, it appears that this is one of those updates that just makes everything better. There are no immediate regressions by the looks of things, and it’s a large update all things considered. With a new August security patch, dozens of new features and improvements to try out, and more, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T owners should be ecstatic. You can check out the announcement post below. Note that you can’t use a VPN to force the update anymore, but you can give Oxygen Updater a try.