OnePlus 3 units in China reported to be filled with ads baked in system apps

The OnePlus 3 arrived with a splash and is receiving generally positive criticism through and through, with the exception of its questionable use of the 6 GB of RAM, and some battery life issues. However, it seems that it may be getting some extra flak in China.

The OnePlus 3, as we know it, comes with the so-called Oxygen OS — the company's own take on Android 6 Marshmallow. It's a fairly light re-skin, making it look and feel almost like stock Android, with some extra options on top. However, China-bound OnePlus handsets come with a slightly different software – Hydrogen OS, which carries some more features tailored for the market.

Unfortunately, as some Chinese users have reported, one of these features is a constant ad feed. Apparently, the dialler interface now has a “Live Services” feed, which is filled with banners for restaurants, transport services, movies, et cetera. It is also reported that the ad platform is outsourced, which could mean that OnePlus doesn't have a lot of control over what gets advertised.

Should this bother you if you live in the Western world? Well, mostly no, unless you are worried about precedents and trends bleeding in from the Eastern markets. But OnePlus has been rumored to be planning a merger of Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS to create one unified system for all of its phones. If this happens, would it keep the “Live Services” tab internationally? We'll have to wait and see.

source: Gizmo China

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1. mahima

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2. swarai

Posts: 85; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Long live America

3. ksrajkumar

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

They better dare not think of this for the US and EU market..... If they do this here, they are going down the drain for sure.

4. Bankz

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Lol.. That's for sure.

5. Shocky unregistered

Welcome to China, land of ads.

6. legiloca

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7. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Oneplus will not bring the hydrogenos outside of China, because they know it wouldn't sell. Some things are rumors that are reasonable, some are outlandish rumors like this one, and some are truths undisclosed. Oneplus ain't going down the drain.Too big of a dev fan base.

8. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Why do people have to be so negative about everything all the time?

9. sunnyfpy

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Annoying bloatware, who needs it.

10. Plasticsh1t

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Root +adaway=profit

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