OnePlus co-founder says touch input lag has finally been fixed, alert slider about to get tweaked?

OnePlus co-founder says touch input lag has finally been fixed, alert slider about to get tweaked?
OnePlus sure makes great bang-for-the-buck devices. The original Flagship Killer — the OnePlus One — was a great performer and awesome all-rounder for half the price of its competitors at the time; the OnePlus 2 was a bit of a let-down; but the OnePlus 3 and consecutive OnePlus 3T knocked it out of the park with design materials, camera, and hardware, while maintaining a very accessible price, at $439. Of course, nothing in this world is perfect, and despite being pretty good devices, OnePlus' phones are still plagued by a few issues, which can annoy the tech heads out there.

One such issue is the infamous touch input latency. Probably not felt by the average user, this is usually a pet peeve of the smartphone aficionado used to handling top-tier hardware for hours on end, punching in hundreds of characters daily. Basically, there is a tiny delay between the user touching a point on the phone's screen and the phone reacting — this is most noticeable when typing on the virtual keyboard.

Well, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has just posted a teasing tweet, suggesting that input latency may be gone soon. Seen below, the tweet appears to say “Touch latency – check; Alert Slider – working on it” (we are still perfecting our emoji transcription skills).



So, we suppose this refers to an upcoming patch, though, we've no clue on when it might be pushed out.

About the Alert Slider thing — OnePlus' phones are still the only Android handsets that incorporate a physical switch on the side, which allows the user to quickly and easily put the phone in a Do Not Disturbed mode, much like how the iPhone's mute switch works. It's an amazingly convenient feature and we are still a bit frustrated that it's not adopted by a wider range of phone manufacturers.

OnePlus fans have been begging for a more customizable Alert Slider for a while now — there are even 3rd party apps developed specifically for those phones, to help users tailor the Alert Slider's 3 positions to their exact needs. It seems like OnePlus may be baking such customization into the software for the next patch. Neat!

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10 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How about Nougat for the OP2?

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

OnePlus 2 is better forgotten, in fact everything that featured SD810 should just disappear. That was a bad year.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I think display quality also plays a role in touch latency... If a phone has got a poor and crappy display, then software might not be a fix at all.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But in this case, it isn't a crappy display. I've been using a custom ROM on my OP3 and now OP3T and didn't have input lag. Glad to see they are fixing it now in the official ROM as well.

6. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

You couldn't see it because you don't have the reaction time or sensitive enough eyes to see it. Up until the Open Beta 13/4 touch latency was a problem for all ROMs. Custom ROMs had the same latency as OOS. The recent fix actually fixed the latency and made the phone respond way faster to the touch than is has ever been. Also a crappy display doesn't mean anything to touch latency, it has to do with the digitizer. If you have a bad digitizer, you won't have good latency or good touch accuracy no matter what quality display you're using.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You're quite full of it, aren't you. You make assumptions based on nothing. If other people notice input lag and I don't, my reaction time and eyes are not fast enough? While you correct the issue wasn't solved with a ROM (googled it, it was in the firmware, not the OS). Not everyone had this issue. Also, I perfectly know it's the digitizer that is responsible for the touch part, but since trojan was mentioning the display, I simply used the same wording. Besides usually, display and digitizer are integrated into one part, commonly referred to as the display of a phone.

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It's already been fixed in the beta, it's nothing to do with display quality. It's not something I ever noticed to honest.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Bugs galore on many Android devices shiet.. but 7.1.1 is also suppose to improve touch latency on the software stack

5. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Oneplus users had to wait over 4 months for a fix? Ok cool.

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Low priority as most users never experienced any issues, or rather didn't notice it. Seems quite reasonable.

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