OnePlus had started pushing out Android 10 beta update for the OnePlus 7 series at the same time as Google. To be clear, Google started rolling out a stable update for its Pixel phones at that time, not a beta build.
Well, it did not take OnePlus long to share a stable Android 10 update for its OnePlus 7 series phones. The company shared a stable update only a couple of weeks after it pushed out the first Open Beta build. I've been using this update on my OnePlus 7 Pro unit for almost two weeks now, and feel ready to share some thoughts. To be more specific, I'll share my thoughts on my favorite feature that this update brought. Do note that some of these features are exclusive to OnePlus' smartphones, while others will be available for most other Android based phones.
It all depends on what feature we're talking about. As we progress, I'll note if a particular feature is exclusive to OnePlus' devices, or not.
Let's get started. As most of you know, Google introduced new navigation gestures with Android OnePlus actually tweaked Google's gestures a bit, for the better, in my opinion. Before we get into it, it's worth noting that OnePlus' navigation gestures from Android 9 Pie are also available.
The same goes for your regular on-screen buttons, which you can opt for as well. We're here to talk about Google's tweaked navigation gestures, though, as those are the ones I prefer. Now, with Google's Android 10 navigation gestures, you get a horizontal line on the bottom.
Using that line, you can switch between apps by swiping left and right. By swiping up, you can go home, and by swiping from left or right sides of the display, you'll trigger the back option. If you swipe up and hold, you'll call upon the overview menu, and by swiping from the corners, Google Assistant will activate. That being said, that horizontal line is too thin, that's my first issue with it. Swiping between apps is a real pain.
My second issue is, it takes up a portion of the display. That line basically takes up the very bottom of the display, the whole row. Google should have implemented it on top of an app you're currently in, that would make much more sense in my opinion.
That's not all, though. The color of that bottom row is also not consistent. In some apps where you have a dark theme activated, the whole row will stay white, which is annoying and distracting… at least for me. Well, luckily, OnePlus allows you to mix things up. You can disable that line on the bottom, and use a combination of OnePlus' and Google's navigation gestures, kind of. If you disable it via the options, you'll be able to quickly swipe from the bottom to the side in order to switch between apps.
That goes for both back and forward. You can also swipe up and to the side to do the same time.Google and Essential rolled out very close-to-stock versions of Android Piebut OnePlus changed a bit of the UI and added some of their own additional features. Did OnePlus make this release of Pie better than Google? Or did they eat our Pie just as they had eaten our Oreo?
Google removed quick actions from the lock screen in Android Pie. OnePlus, on the other hand, kept them. Another point to note is that the weather is not displayed on OxygenOS. After unlocking the phone, you get to the launcher.
When you long press an icon, you get notifications and app shortcuts on both. The stock launcher gives you the notifications and the app shortcuts, above which you can tap a button to get the app info. To remove, uninstall, or get to the app info, you have to drag the app icon to the top of the screen where their respective options are. The stock launcher, however, provides little customizability compared to the OxygenOS launcher.
The OxygenOS launcher lets you change app labels, icon packs, icon sizes, the number of columns, etc. Pulling down the notification tray once reveals an almost similar, well, notification tray.
Android Pie removed the settings shortcut, but OnePlus decided to keep it, along with the name of your carrier. Did you notice that the blue colors, icons, and fonts are different? OxygenOS allows you to customize the theme—colorful, light, and dark—and the accent colors. They have a few selected colors to pick from or you can pick your own using a color picker or hex code.
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Stock Android, on the other hand, has only a light and dark theme that shows up only in the notification tray and launcher. OxygenOS decided to skip these icons and stayed with the older ones. It even adds a toggle for auto-brightness. Stock Android puts three icons in a column whereas OxygenOS puts four. The behavior of the quick settings remains same, unfortunately.
Here, depending on your chosen theme and accent color, the icons are completely different from stock.
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The title and description of some submenus are different. Also, OxygenOS adds a few more submenus and changes their order. This is the one place where OxygenOS, hands down, beats stock. The navigation on OxygenOS is simple: swipe up from the middle to go home, swipe up from either the left or right to go back, swipe up and hold to get to the overview screen, and swipe slightly up and then right to get to your last used app.
OxygenOS does, however, round the corners a bit too much. How do you get to split screen? OxygenOS did a better job at making it intuitive and you have to tap a three dots options menu to get to it.
To get to the clear all button on stock Android, you have to swipe across all the apps. If you hide the notch on OxygenOS, your status bar background turns black with all the icons still there.
It can automatically turn on for your reading apps, while even blocking peeking notifications.Android is one of the leading mobile operating system OS. It is based on the Linux kernel and is developed by Google. Android is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. However, it does also have specialized user interfaces for televisions, i.
Android TV, cars, i.
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Android Auto, and smartwatches, i. Android Wear. Additionally, Android has also been used in game consoles, digital cameras, regular PCs and other electronics. Even though it is open source, most devices that come with Android have a combination of open source and proprietary software.
Google acquired Android Inc. It was released in along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, which is a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies that are devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
There have been different versions of Android, each aiming to improve on the previous version. The latest version is Android 5. Android One, on the other hand, is a standard that was created by Google for the Android systems. This standard is mainly targeted at people buying their first smartphone and customers in the developing world. Smartphones running the Android One will run software that is close to the original stock Android, which means that it will exclude any and all proprietary software that the manufacturers include in their phones, as well as the often extensive vendor-specific modifications that are included in the phones.
In Android One, the updates will be handled by Google, as some earlier phones had issues with lacking security updates. However, manufacturers can add their own apps if they choose. Google also makes a reference hardware design that is available with Android One, which means that manufacturers only have to manufacture the phone. This reduces the cost of the end product, because it takes away the cost of research and development, as well the cost of creating an OS.
The phones will roll out in more countries over time.AMA with Carl on Instagram live: submit your question now! Products OnePlus 2. Stock Android vs. What would you prefer from OnePlus in the future? Read post first. Gingerbread May 17, With this in mind I think OnePlus could benefit from droping it's own OS in favor of just running Stock Android on their future devices.
KitKat May 17, Chetzjain and soulpeter like this. Honeycomb May 17, However, I love OnePlus and I'll buy it again! Leehm and jkb like this. Lollipop May 17, Jelly Bean May 17, Froyo May 17, Jitesh SaitawadekarMay 17, :. Jitesh Saitawadekar likes this. Ice Cream Sandwich May 17, I loaded her up yesterday to update things and get the same current setup as my OPT. I really can't imagine anymore how bad and laggy this was before oos3. It is quite sad but I'm still just enjoying the phone's real estate and battery improvements etc.
The main miss would be customisation of capacitive keys. I change long-press of back button to open up last app used. I also change long-press of home button for turning off the screen. I would also miss customisation of pull down menu, as I only keep 6 options there.
Stuck between rock and a hard place. EDIT: I still voted for stock. Last edited: May 17, So i am gona write on your very own posts on the oneplus sites and raise my complaint. Yes a complaint. While you guys are basking in the success of various one plus versions. One plus 2 is damn frustrating a phone. I'd really request your team to go and read the reviews out there.
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I am putting up with this terrible cell phone for the past 6 months or so now Disgusting terrible frustrating experience. Heats up like anything Hangs all the time. Sends out a constant message 'oneplus launcher isnt responding' and the screen goes black There have been emergency situations at my end and this phone just refused to throw up numbers.
It stil does not.Jump to navigation. After a wait of almost six months, Android 10 is finally out of Google's hands and reaching out to a couple of Android phones at first. As usual, the Google Pixel phones are the first ones to get it but Essential is also rolling out the stable build and other brands such as Xiaomi and OnePlus have already rolled out open beta builds of Android 10 for their custom versions of Android.
In India, OnePlus has already made available the first open beta of Android 10 for OnePlus 7 series, with the OnePlus 6 series phones scheduled to get it soon. Unlike the stable Android 10 update on Pixel phones, OnePlus has only released an open beta build which means the possibility of unattended software bugs is there. However, this is also the first time we get to see the next version of Oxygen OS that will most possibly debut with the launch of the rumoured OnePlus 7T phones in the upcoming weeks.
Oxygen OS gets a couple of visual improvements as well as under-the-hood adjustments with Android We usually suggest users to avoid getting open beta builds of Android updates on your primary phones but we couldn't resist trying out the new version of Oxygen OS ourselves.
Initial impressions? I can say that the Android 10 update to Oxygen OS makes it peppier and easier to use. While it aided for a button-less interface, I always found the system to be difficult to use. Especially on big phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro, it was impossible to get the gestures right and I mostly used the Android Pie gesture buttons.
The Android 10 gestures now make using these phones much easier. You swipe in from either edge of the screen to go back, swipe up on the slim home bar to go to homescreen and swipe-up-and-hold to access the Recent apps.
This gesture navigation system works like a charm on the OnePlus 7 and I found the phone to aid single-handed usage more than before. Thanks Google. The Android 10 update doesn't change much on the homescreen but elsewhere, you will see a smartened up Oxygen OS. Most of the changes can be seen in the Settings menu where OnePlus has consolidated some of the items under common titles.
You also get the new Privacy and Location Settings as part of the new Android 10 update. The overall interface now feels more organized than the previous version of Oxygen OS. You can either to choose to make the interface more colourful and go for an all stealthy dark mode. And along with the new changes, you also get the classic Oxygen OS features that we have been used to. On the OnePlus 7 Pro, users will be able to customise the colours for the Horizon light on the Ambient Display from a choice of four colours.
Oppo, Realme and Vivo offered Game Space apps on their phones and it was only a matter of time before we expected it on a OnePlus device. With the Android 10 update, it's here and it cleverly fuses the existing gaming aids on Oxygen OS into a new consolidated UI where you find everything needed for gaming.
As a gamer, this is great update from the previous version. In Game Space, you will find all your games arranged in a cool UI.Oxygen OS better than Stock Android?
You will also get easy access to the Fnatic mode as well as other gaming-centric settings in Oxygen OS. The days of hunting the Settings menu for all these game-friendly settings are over.
Thanks OnePlus. This isn't a new feature but the tiny update makes it more useful. The Ambient Display on OnePlus phones has always been showing notifications at a glance every time you woke up the phone. With the Android 10 update, the Ambient Display now keeps in mind the location and time, and intelligently shows the notifications accordingly.
Hence, you would see you update notifications only when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network at your place. If you are listening to songs, the Ambient Display will show the name of the song and artist just above the in-display fingerprint sensor, similar to Google's Now Playing UI for Pixel phones.The skin looks and feels a lot like stock Androidbut packs in tons of useful features unlike the competition.
OxygenOS also gets very fast updates and OnePlus even continues to support older devices at a steady pace. App locker secures your data-sensitive apps from prying eyes.
You have to use a PIN or the fingerprint scanner to open an app, which means only you can use it. The feature can be enabled for every app on your device. The feature is super useful, especially if you have nosy friends or kids who love playing with your device. You can use it for budgeting apps to make sure no one sees your financial info or apps like Messenger that contain private conversations between you and others.
The feature also lets you hide notification content for an extra layer of security. OxygenOS supports both on- and off-screen gestures to help you get things done faster. On-screen gestures replace the standard navigation bar at the bottom of the screen home, back, and multitasking buttonswhich gives the UI a cleaner look. Once enabled, swiping up from the bottom center edge will go to the home screen, swiping up from the bottom right edge will go back, and swiping up from the bottom center edge and holding your finger on the screen brings up the multitasking window.
It takes getting used to but works like a charm. The company introduced a new gesture in OxygenOS with the announcement of the OnePlus 6Twhich allows you to switch between the two most recently used apps. All you have to do is swipe up and to the right of the screen when in an app to make the switch. Another new feature introduced with the OnePlus 6T is the ability to launch Google Assistant by holding the power button for half a second.
That means in order to bring up the power menu, you have to hold the button a little longer than usual. Off-screen gestures are less complicated and even more useful.
It works great for the flashlight, camera, and any other app you want to launch quickly. It shows the current weather, lets you create notes, and offers quick access to recent contacts and apps.
Shelf is customizable, but only to a point. Overall, Shelf is a fantastic feature. I use it all the time on my OnePlus 7 Promainly for taking notes and checking my data consumption.OnePlus has been a heated company filed under many controversies, but with many strengths and virtues that turned them — and their product — into one of the biggest buzz-filled and talked-about entities of the mobile world in These two companies forged a strange alliance, having now-corporate Cyanogen deliver their underground custom ROM into an official big-name OEM flagship for the first time.
They hinted at open software that would be customizable and free of unnecessary bloat. Much mystery surrounded this new offering for over a week, but they have now made an official announcement informing us of their plans and some of the work they have done to achieve them, as well as introducing us to the team behind the work — many names which will be familiar to those following the custom ROM development scene.
A key part of this new development for OnePlus is… well, the developers! And for this project, they have gathered very talented and some very reputable names from the Android development community to offer a new skill set to their already outstanding set of engineers and designers.
The technical ability of these new team members shows in their track-record and will most likely reflect on the final product as well. Some key mentions are:. This ROM will be light, powerful and stable. Their new logo is supposed to reflect this, by representing the harmony between opposites — hardware physical and software virtualand the balance between these two contrasting yet integrated aspects of a smartphone. Deep metaphors aside, the logo looks really slick! Like previously stated, OnePlus is going all-out on user feedback, something that also marked key developments of the hardware found in their OnePlus One flagship.
Like stated above, they want non-intrusiveness, something that works and gets out the way to allow you to enjoy your phone, the way you want it. The team is aiming to ship the update with the Google Launcher built-in, which would be a traditional and smart decision given it is one of the most efficient launchers in terms of performance and user experience, and many power-users have come to love all the Google integration under the hood.
Their announcement page was very secretive about the release date time-frame, and they said that there are still various certifications to be completed in order to release their Lollipop-based ROM.
They did reassure everyone that CM12S will be coming as an OTA and bring Lollipop to OnePlus Ones all around the world… but those willing to try something new will have to get their hands dirty. The device will come with some interesting additions, but not in the form of additional bloatware applications.
Double tap to wake is reportedly present in the builds they are testing, which is great for any phablet. Rapid charge will also not be present, but OnePlus was never one of those devices that requires frequent charging anyway. The OnePlus Two will reportedly feature this OS as well, and the team behind it hinted once more that it will retain its low-pricing strategy that gave the world a new device to drool over.
Whatever it is, they already have my attention, and I hope that their strategies once again offer more worthwhile options to Android users in look for great experiences at a low cost. Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter. Mario developed his love for technology in Argentina, where a flagship smartphone costs a few months of salary. Forced to maximize whatever device he could get, he came to know and love XDA.
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Are you a developer? Terms of Service. Hosted by Leaseweb. Everything OxygenOS: What We Know, What to Expect OnePlus has been a heated company filed under many controversies, but with many strengths and virtues that turned them — and their product — into one of the biggest buzz-filled and talked-about entities of the mobile world in What is OxygenOS?