Always-on ambient display removed from the OnePlus 6 after the first update

The same day that the OnePlus 6 went on sale, an update was sent out to the phone that added an option allowing users to hide the infamous notch. It also gave them the ability to shoot super slow motion videos at 720p@480fps and 1080p@240fps. It also included the quick capture feature for portrait mode. But the update also took away a feature that many OnePlus fans wanted to see on the new model.

Gone in a flash was the option to enable an Always-on ambient display on the OnePlus 6. The screenshot that you see on the right shows that this option was going to be a real choice on the handset before the update removed it. The other setting option, "Lift up display" is now the only choice that users have.

OnePlus has not commented on this, which has resulted in the birth of several theories. Some say that the Always-on ambient display ate through battery life like a warm knife goes through butter. Other say that it was just being tested (aside to major phone manufacturers; when you fail to make a statement about an issue with your device, it just creates theories that may or may not have anything to do with the truth). Hopefully, we will see the Always-on ambient display return in a future update.

source: OnePlus (1), (2) via piunikaweb, Reddit

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1. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

I contacted them right after my update removed it. First they told me it was removed and then they stated the message below: "I would like to set your expectations that The Always On display on OnePlus 6 was part of the experimental features of the said device. However, due to battery saving concern, this feature was removed."

2. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

That was the second respond and below was the first one. "We have an official update from our Technical Team confirming that always on display on OnePlus 6 was removed due to battery saving concern. We hope that this clarifies your concern. Let us know if there's anything else. Regards, OnePlus Customer Support"

3. Alan01

Posts: 645; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy your OnePlus 6! Regards, Alan

4. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

I love always on display and it was a bummer they took it away. I have the pixel 2xl and it's hard decision to pick one.

16. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

This company is a joke, and I suffer from 1+1 and they still carry the same mentality

6. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

oneplus is mature now. it does not need to ask about fan interest. "the company interest should be your interest" Apple's style.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are wrong, they need to listen to the fans. With out the fans you have no sales.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The AOD feature requires specialized hardware even for OLED screens. The display driver circuit needs a lot of optimization to support low refresh rates and it also needs on-chip memory to store data while the rest of the phone's graphic chip is in a sleep state. No, it's not true that only non-black pixels draw power. I think the OP6 does not have the optimized hardware and they just tried it without just to see what happens. But the other problem is that the OP6 notification LED is very small and also quite dim, so there is no reliable means to show notifications. Probably the OP6T will fix these issues...with the mandatory price increase, of course :)

9. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Seems to me like it was only there to score an extra point with the reviewers - now that the reviews are done, everybody buys expecting a feature only to find it does not exist.

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Did you see anything in reviews about AOD or are you just throwing comments to see what sticks?

10. ijuanp03

Posts: 661; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Then OnePlus 6 is not an optimised device. They can't make always on work properly.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It's less about optimisation and more about circuitry. If you have used a OP device you would know they are pretty optimised.

12. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Is there a LED Notification light on the one plus 6? The one on the oneplus5 was pathetically dim.?

15. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

Never had the previous oneplus devices but the one on the 6 is not dim but it is tiny and visible. Customizable on the colors to various notifications including charging.

17. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Yes, there is a LED, but it would't hurt if it was bigger and brighter. Stil, it does the job somewhat, and it works with LED control apps.

18. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

I prefer a longer battery life to that always-on display any day.

19. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

Why not benefit of having both?

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