Earlier this month, OnePlus released the Oxygen OS 5.0.1 update for the OnePlus 5 smartphone with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and December’s Android security patch. Now, the company came with the Oxygen OS Open Beta 5 for the OnePlus 5 and Oxygen OS Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 5T. Even with this new beta updates, the devices haven’t received the January Android security patch update.
Firstly, the company removed the controversial Clipboard from its Oxygen OS. There are reports that the Clipboard app is sending the users data to the servers in China. With the Open Beta 3, the company added the new gestures support for navigating on the OnePlus 5T with FullView display. These gestures work similar to the iPhone X gestures and will replace the on-screen navigation buttons.
The user has to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause to see the recently opened apps. Inside the apps, swiping up from the middle will directly take to the home screen and swiping up from left or right of the screen will function as a back button. These gestures are not available on the OnePlus 5 as it comes with the standard 16:9 display. OnePlus also added the new pick-up gesture switcher.
Talking about the India centric features, the Messaging app on both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T now includes SMS categorized function. With this new feature, all the SMS’s will be automatically sorted into different categories. It also removed the phone recognized function in India. These two OnePlus devices also include the CPU security patch update CVE-2017-13218. Apart from these major changes, there will also be general bug fixes and improvements.
However, the devices that already have a beta update installed will get the OTA update with above mentioned new features. If you are installing the beta update for the first time, keep in mind that the beta updates might not be as stable as the final updates.