OnePlus 3 and 3T receive Android 8.0 Oreo as part of Open Beta update

OnePlus has said before that it plans to release Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, and now owners of those devices can get an early taste of that update.

The OxygenOS Open Beta based on Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Specifically, OnePlus 3 owners are getting Open Beta 25, while OnePlus 3T owners are getting Open Beta 16

As for what’s included in this update, here’s the changelog from OnePlus:

System changes
Update to Android O (8.0)

  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • September security patch

Launcher changes

  • Added Notification dots in Launcher
  • Added OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers

Known issues:

  • Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to.
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Some stability issues with NFC and bluetooth 
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized

If you decide to load this beta onto your OnePlus 3 or 3T, keep in mind that it is a beta release and so there may be some bugs. In exchange for dealing with any bugs that might pop up, you get to taste Oreo before the general public.

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, then hit this link to get the downloads and instructions. If your phone is already enrolled in the Open Beta program, then you should get these latest updates over the air.

OnePlus 5 is out of stock across the world, is it being discontinued?

Despite being on the market for just four months, it looks like you can no longer get your hands on the OnePlus 5. The flagship smartphone is currently listed as out of stock on the company’s website in numerous countries across the globe.

We checked the availability of the OnePlus 5 in dozens of the markets where OnePlus is officially active and, as of this writing, the OnePlus 5 is only available in India, where all versions are listed as “in stock” and the UK, where the Soft Gold 6GB model is still available. (Update: the phone is out of stock in the UK too).

Everywhere else, the OnePlus 5 is listed as out of stock. Moreover, on the US and Canada websites, the “Buy” button the OnePlus 5 has been removed completely, meaning that customers can’t even attempt to begin the purchase process.

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So, what exactly is going on? OnePlus hasn’t issued a statement regarding this topic, so all we can do is speculate at this point. It’s possible that the company is having supply issues and that the device will soon be back in stock. However, the more likely option is that OnePlus is clearing its inventory to make room for the rumored OnePlus 5T, which is said to be revealed sometime next month. The device is expected to come with the same specs as the OnePlus 5 but will offer a larger 6-inch display (2,160 x 1,080) with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a bezel-less design.

If the OnePlus 5T really does make its debut next month, the company’s current flagship will likely be discontinued in most markets. It was the same story with the 3T, which was discontinued everywhere with the exception of India once the OnePlus 5 was released.

The OnePlus 5 was still listed as available in many countries – at least in some configurations – when we checked earlier today, so it looks like OnePlus has just flipped the switch. If, by chance, you can still order, you should probably hurry up and complete the transaction.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus for comment and we’ll update if we hear back.

Following heavy criticism, OnePlus makes changes to its data collection policy

The setup wizard will now show an option to opt out of the company’s analytics collection, and the company will no longer transmit sensitive information like phone numbers, MAC addresses, and Wi-Fi information.

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It was only few days ago that Chris Moore revealed just how extensive and invasive OnePlus’ user analytics collection program was. In his security and tech blog, Moore explained that the Chinese electronics company was gathering and transmitting private data like phone numbers, serial numbers, MAC addresses, mobile network names, Wi-Fi information, and application timestamps – all without permission. When we reached out for comment, the company simply stated that usage activity and device information were collected to provide better after-sales support.

Unsurprisingly, the news sparked public outrage, and now, the company’s co-founder has taken to the official OnePlus forum to address some of the concerns. Specifically, Carl Pei says that there will be some much-needed changes in how the company collects user data in the future:

By the end of October, all OnePlus phones running OxygenOS will have a prompt in the setup wizard that asks users if they want to join our user experience program. The setup wizard will clearly indicate that the program collects usage analytics. In addition, we will include a terms of service agreement that further explains our analytics collection. We would also like to share we will no longer be collecting telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information.

Pei emphasizes again that for existing users, usage analytics collection can be turned off by going into Settings – Advanced – Join user experience program. For new users, you will have the option to disable it during the initial setup.

Not to condone the company’s unauthorized collection of personal data, but information like reboot and charging timestamps could be useful for “after-sales support” indeed. However, I can’t help but conclude that the collection of phone numbers, MAC addresses, and Wi-Fi information was, plainly put, gross misconduct on the company’s part. And Pei’s simply stating that the company would stop collecting the said data from now on doesn’t absolve him from his duty owed to consumers to explain why it was necessary in the first place.

Pei’s simply stating that the company would stop collecting the said data from now on doesn’t absolve him from his duty owed to consumers to explain why it was necessary in the first place.