HydrogenOS 3.0 update now available for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

HydrogenOS 3.0 update now available for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T
Earlier this month, we told you that the Android 7.0 based OxygenOS 4.0.3 was being rolled out for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. Today, we can tell you that the other shoe has dropped, and HydrogenOS 3.0 has become available for the same two handsets. Like OxygenOS 4.0.3, HydrogenOS 3.0 is based on Android Nougat 7.0; it is designed for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users in China, although it is offered in both Chinese and English. The latest update adds call recording functionality, UI changes, battery life enhancements, bug fixes and more.

OxygenOS is an international build and has fewer updates and fixes than HydrogenOS. Because the latter is made for OnePlus users in China, it comes without access to Google services. And that means that it comes without the Google Play Store. The update to HydrogenOS 3.0 can be flashed on any OnePlus 3 or One Plus 3T model, and Google services can be sideloaded. If you come across any Chinese apps that you don't want, you can merely delete them.

The ROM, which weighs in at 1.2GB, can be found by clicking on either the OnePlus or XDA sourcelink below. Both include an installer to help you load the Google Play Store on your HydrogenOS 3.0 powered OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T. Besides the lack of Google services, there are other differences between the Hydrogen and Oxygen operating services, and not all are bad. For example, battery life is said to be better on HydrogenOS. Overall, OnePlus users are said to prefer OxygenOS with over 71% choosing it over HydrogenOS in a survey.

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source: OnePlus via XDA, AndroidAuthority

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1. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Didn't they merge Oxygen and Hydrogen?


Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I see what you did there...

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's still a forked version of Android with their twists and add ons. So you can call it what ever you want. At the end of the day it's OnePlus version of Android.

6. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It's a 'watered down' version

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

But before that...i have to see reviews.

5. lit_n_light

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

@phonearena guys can you do a hydrogen os review for op3/op3t

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