Did OnePlus 3 and 3T get an unfinished release of Nougat? (Updated)

Update: When asked to comment, OnePlus responded with the following statement: "The message that the forum member discovered is actually logs from Systrace tools, which we use for performance debugging on release builds. So there is no future confusion we will remove this debug message. However, I do want to assure you that OxygenOS 4.0.0 and 4.0.1 use a proper release kernel." The original text of the article can be seen below.

The OnePlus 3 and 3T's upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat hasn't exactly been smooth sailing – OxygenOS 4.0.0, which was released to a limited amount of people on the last day of 2016, featured a number of bugs, prompting a hotfix just a week after release. However, users had problems even with this updated release, the changelog for which also featured a list of other known issues to be fixed in the future.

Now, a user on the OnePlus forums may have found something which at least partly explains the build's poor performance. While compiling log files for a bug report, user SiMoStro noticed a message which reads: “...this is a DEBUG kernel and it is unsafe for produciton [sic] use. If you see this message and you are not debugging the kernel, report this immediately to your vendor!” In layman terms, this means the code OnePlus shipped with OxygenOS 4.0.1 could potentially be an unfinished version featuring older, buggy code.

While shipping the debug version of the kernel instead of the release one could be simply a developer mistake, the timeline for this update suggests otherwise. After promising 3 and 3T users they'll get Nougat by the end of the year back in November, the smartphone maker pushed out a buggy version on December 31st, the last day of the year. This could mean that the company ran into problems during development, but chose to act on their promise rather than take the time and fix them. So the subsequent problems with this release could be just a result of a hasty promise by a company known for exaggerating in their marketing. In any case, another update, OxygenOS 4.0.2, is rumored to be rolling out in the coming weeks, so hopefully the remaining bugs can be squashed in a timely manner.

source: OnePlus forums via Reddit

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1. unmaskedfalesh unregistered

nothing new, oneplus has worst development rom team. its a year i m oneplus user and its hell in terms of updates. They claim so much in social media and fail users each time. They ignore all bug reports and work on their own will and release updates with more bugs than the older version. No flagship devices in history of other company gets updates raining like oneplus, they release buggy software and spend half a year rectifying that. Only hardware is not enough, software needs to be perfect for that hardware. that oneplus will never learn. Don't speak of pride they have on themselves. They immediately ignore previous flagship after new product is launched as if the phone never existed. live example op2 n opx soon to be 3.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I can agree with some of this, but 1+'s software team is pretty damn small, so I expect certain omissions.

4. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Nah it's just PhoneArena being it's typical self... I have been running nougat on my OnePlus 3 and it is perfectly stable. The only thing I noticed was a minor speed bump, battery life and what not have been the same.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do notice a few bugs, like staying connected to 5 Ghz WiFi and it really doesn't like it when I pull down the alert slider too fast. But no major bugs that make it annoying or unworkable.

10. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Helen and team left OnePlus long back, just after OnePlus 3 release.

19. saswat12345

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

OnePlus 3 has got much much updates 10-12+ updates since release & it's a perfect device with timed updates . They're releasing beta version twice month & official OTA once per month or in 2 . Haven't faced any bug yet with Nougat it's perfect.

20. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Yes, only Oneplus releases buggy updated that break your wifi, cellular, other subsystems. Except for Apple with its iOS 7. And 8. And 9. And 10. And LG. And Xiaomi. And Meizu. And HTC. And Google. And Samsung. And Sony. And...

3. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

Good thing installing custom ROMs is easy on my OnePlus 3T

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"This could mean that the company ran into problems during development, but chose to act on their promise rather than take the time and fix them. So the subsequent problems with this release could be just a result of a hasty promise" That's exactly why top Android OEMs take time to polish their firmware, in order not to release bug-infested firmwares in the name of "fast updates."

11. Retro-touch unregistered

Most people on XDA and Oneplus forums have been enjoying the 4.0 and 4.0.1 releases without a single issue so far. Phone Arena are using a subset of users to claim its a buggy release when majority of the users are happy. Your comments show you're not familiar AT ALL with how software can vary. People always complain about bugs especially with OEMs like Samsung where each iteration of software is worse than the last

18. gigea

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

"Reports from China are suggesting that the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7/S7 edge has also been halted to due to bugs" "That's exactly why top Android OEMs take time to polish their firmware, in order not to release bug-infested firmwares in the name of "fast updates."" ....riiiiiiiight

21. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Sometimes top OEMs forget that after few years of "polishing" you should actually update stuff in the real world.

6. jasti5

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

One plus team is failed to develop. According to the cost point of view one plus is bad Compared to Asus. Asus done good job in app & firmware development.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nothing is wrong with mine... Battery standby has drastically improved. I only noticed drops in frame rates while playing graphic extensive games over hours of play time.

9. skyline88

Posts: 701; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

i am running Nougat and official ROM Oxygen 4.0.1 on my OnePlus 3 for a week now, no problem at all. PhoneArena and its usual biasness. nothing new, move on.

12. gigea

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

At least OnePlus has beta releases and tries to deliver latest (or close to latest) android versions. Unlike "top Android OEMs" who "take their time", where "take their time" = updates its own bloatware hundreds of times in one year but barely releases security patches 4 times a year. I'm not upset with OnePlus for an unfinished release as much as I am pissed with samsung, lg, htc and the rest for barely releasing updates for flagships (yesteryear phones are dead for them anyway). At least OP is trying :)

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung has a massive product portfolio (although I shouldn't be making excuses for them) and many of the new features in most android updates have been available to Samsung users for years.

17. gigea

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I was talking about the flagships, not their whole portfolio. And you may be right, most newer android versions are available when buying their latest and greatest. But one year later you'll feel outdated and forgotten. Because they will focus on the next flagship and barely look back to last year's flagship.

14. agustindcol

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

On normal mode of the alert slider (not silent) the volume doesnt go.under 14% .. why the f**k?

15. dodocan

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

i haven't gotten nougat yet for the op3. is it not yet rolled out in the us?

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Better a month later, but with less bugs.

22. harry190

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

After the grand success of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T (the upgraded version of OnePlus 3), the makers are planning to launch the 4th generation of the series, the OnePlus 4 with even better features and specs. It would give tough competition to iPhones when it releases because of the extraordinary features it would have. To know more about OnePlus 4, its just take a look here.

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