OnePlus 3 receiving OxygenOS 3.5 community build update


The last update pushed to OnePlus 3, OxygenOS 3.2.4 did more harm than good, but it looks like the Chinese company is determined to fix any issues than customers might have with their smartphones.

OnePlus has just announced OxygenOS 3.5 is now available for those who rock a OnePlus 3 device. However, this isn't a final build yet, it's a community build that's meant to allow users to try OnePlus' software before anyone else.

Of course, the release of the community build will also provide OnePlus with the necessary feedback to fix any problem that might have slipped into the new update.

But what is OxygenOS 3.5 and what new features and improvement it brings? The most obvious are the UI enhancements OnePlus added, but there are also new and improved apps, including clock, weather and file manager.

There's also a better camera software, so OnePlus 3 users can expect slightly higher quality pictures. OnePlus also confirmed the update brings more solid settings and customization features.

Although these are the improvements that are most obvious, OnePlus states the many other changes have been made under the hood, such as streamlining OxygenOS to feature even more back-end enhancements. OnePlus wishes to increase the speed and frequency at which updates are delivered beginning with OxygenOS 3.5, so finger crossed for that.

Since this is a community build, expect some bugs to be present as well, or things aren't yet working as intended. For example, Android Pay is not supported in this build. The same goes for localization, as many OnePlus apps only support English.

Without actually naming them, OnePlus confirmed the community build has some performance problems, as well as UI issues when using custom themes. The System UI tuner is unstable, so it's not recommended to use it since it can cause serious issues that can't be fixed unless you do a factory reset.

Last but not least, if you're already taking advantage of the fingerprint authentication, then you must re-register your fingerprints after updating to OxygenOS 3.5.

Keep in mind that you can flash this community build by ADB sideload, but make sure you back up all your personal data just in case.

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9 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You can use custom themes with oxygenOS? How?

4. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Install them, that's usually a good start. :p Long press your homescreen, click customization and swipe right until you have the icon section. Simple.

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That's not a theme. That's an icon pack.

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Oh, you're probably referring the hidden UI Tuner. It's unstable, don't use it.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

LOL... DUDE, I just came to know about the right swipe after customize

6. Sircaustic

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

Do you even know what a custom theme is? :-/

7. Sircaustic

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

I had the same question after reading the article. Themes or not, I would be happier if I 1+ launcher would be updated to utilize the space after removing google search bar from customizations. That imp piece of real estate is where I am keeping my eyes on

2. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Great for a company that new to try to satisfy their customer needs with successive updates resolving any issues Thats a manner that is almost absent in the android world. Thats good OnePlus keep up the Good work.

3. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Interface is a little better, drop down menu now includes auto brightness option like Samsung devices which is nice. sRGB mode as standard, auto brightness has been improved as well, no weird transitions when adjusting the slider now. Also widgets and background applications now stay active after you close them, which for me was a problem since 3.2.2. So I'm fairly happy with the update, it's a step in the right direction. .

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