OnePlus 3 units running HydrogenOS get enhanced Bluetooth audio via aptX support

OnePlus has been delivering lots of update for its OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones, but we've mostly reported about those powered by OxygenOS. However, some units are running the Chinese version of the OxygenOS, which is called HydrogenOS.

HydrogenOS is getting updates as well, even though not as frequent as the OxygenOS. Nevertheless, the important thing is OnePlus is keeping its high-end smartphones up to date with new features and improvements meant to enhance user experience.

The latest HydrogenOS update adds support for aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. These improvements are available in the beta version of HydrogenOS, but they will soon be released to the general public.

With the addition of aptX support, OnePlus hopes that its smartphones will provide customers with enhanced audio quality when they're using Bluetooth connectivity. AptX support will be added to all smartphones and tablets running Android O.

AptX is a streaming protocol that offers better quality when streaming audio at higher bitrates. In order for a device to support the aptX protocol, it needs specific hardware, but the good news is most high-end smartphones have it by default these days.

The new HydrogenOS beta 12 has been released for the OnePlus 3, and while the Chinese ROM is usually compatible with all OnePlus devices, the beta build is available for the OnePlus 3 only.

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I wish they'd base their OS' on Lineage OS instead of AOSP and improve from there...

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thank you Qualcomm

3. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Wow, this is AMAZING! I might just get the OnePlus 5.

4. jerrymilton

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Anyone with a clue should realize that ANYTHING on Hydrogen OS holds true for Oxygen OS as the base software is the same.

5. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

That is pretty awesome.

6. michaelny2001

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I have had the OP3 since the first day and i couldn't be happier. Simple interface yet it has all the features needed. I just can't justify Samsung at 800. and when i bought it it was $399 free shipping and NO tax. at 800 for the GS8 you pay about 75 just in taxes. It's plain stupid. Yet the processor is the same, ram is the same or mor ein OP, no touch wiz, etc...

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