OnePlus is rolling out the new OxygenOS Open Beta 17 and the Open Beta 15 update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones respectively.
The new patch brings a slew of optimisations for the two smartphones and enables Gaming Mode 3.0 and the front-facing portrait mode, which was only available on the OnePlus 6 (review) till now. Alongside these changes, the changelog of the new Open Beta lists many system level changes, updates to the Weather, Note apps and more.
The Android security patch has also been updated to August, 2018. Starting with the most notable features brought along in the new Open Beta, the smartphones now support capturing images in portrait mode while using the front-facing camera. The Gaming Mode 3.0 is rolled out for the OnePlus 5/5T with this update.
The feature is aimed at users who don’t want to be disturbed by any other activities on the device while gaming. It suspends all incoming app notifications and boosts data priority for the apps that are set to run under the Gaming Mode. Coming to system optimisations, the handsets get Toast message source that can be helpful to find out applications that send Toast messages, while running in the background. Background power consumption control has also been optimised and a call recording issue that was plaguing uses in India has been fixed. OnePlus’ suite of pre-installed apps like Weather, Note and the OnePlus Switch app also get some new functionalities.
The Weather app can now send out hourly weather forecasts and shows 8 units of meteorological data including precipitation probability and perceived temperature. The overall weather data accuracy is also said to have been improved. The Note app gets its UI revamped along with an optimised process for sharing notes as an image, while the UI on the OnePlus Switch app has been optimised.
OnePlus' previous Open Beta 16 update for devices that added some camera improvements and reduced the “oil painting effect” in photos captured using the smartphones. Some OnePlus users have previously complained that the device’s camera captured softer images which looked like oil paintings.
While some may like the artistic images that are produced due to the issue, it is a hindrance for those who want to capture true-to-life images. The update also added Google Lens support for the smartphone from within the stock camera app. You can read more about it here.
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