OnePlus 5 & 5T Now Get a Taste of Android 8.1 Oreo Through OxygenOS Beta 4 Update

On: March 12, 2018

Towards the end of January, OnePlus started its Beta 3 update for its flagship devices – the OnePlus 5 and 5T. That update included features adopted straight from the iPhone X including the swipe up to exit app and multi-tasking through gestures. Today, the brand has started rolling out the fourth beta of OxygenOS.

The latest beta update, just like the previous one has been rolled out to beta testers of both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. With the update, the phones will receive the goodness of Android 8.1 Oreo for the first time. All other devices that do not run the beta software are currently on Android 8.0 Oreo. Together with the Android 8.1 update, the February Android security patch has also been included.

In addition to improvements underneath the software, the new beta iteration also brings in some new functionalities. Users can now pick calls by raising the phone to their ears. This feature has been dubbed as the auto pick-up gesture. To recall, this feature was introduced in Samsung devices way back with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3. Although the feature wasn’t completely foolproof then, we sure hope OnePlus has managed to smoothen out the edges.

With the update, as reported by some beta testers, the swipe gestures introduced with the previous beta update have been streamlined and now work better. The gaming mode has also received some more optimisations. The changelog states, “Added new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experience including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness.”

Finally, the update has brought some new clock faces for the ambient display. This seems like a nice addition to customize the rather boring looking ambient display when the phone is idle. To recall, the OnePlus 5 and 5T have AMOLED displays allowing for less power consumption.

With the update in its fourth beta, we can expect the stable version to be out soon. What are your thoughts wonOnePlus bringing in new features from the iPhone and some older ones from Samsung? Do let us know on Facebook and Twitter.