OxygenOS Open Beta 5 for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings loads of optimizations, improvements

The only two OnePlus smartphones the Chinese company continues to update on a weekly basis, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have just received a new beta build that optimizes lots of features and fixes some of the issues reported by users.

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 (Open Beta 14 for OnePlus 3) focuses on improvements and fixing any of the problems that were introduced in the previous beta build that added a brand new launcher and support for Android 7.1.1 shortcuts.

For example, OnePlus mentions that they have fixed an issue of system reboot when setting a wallpaper, as well as a problem where settings of wallpaper would not work. They've also added some optimizations in order to prevent occasional Launcher crash and removed extraneous wallpaper entry.

Among the Night Mode improvements released in the OxygenOS Open Beta 5, OnePlus included a fix for an issue that would not turn the auto night mode off. Also, the default sunrise time has been moved from 8 AM to 6 AM with the latest update.

An issue that would prevent the auto night mode to stay on has been addressed, along with a bug of the night mode causing problems with sRGB.

The update is supposed to bring some Bluetooth improvements as well, so expect some car Bluetooth fixes and battery optimizations when using this feature. A couple of auto connection issues have been fixed, too.

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 improves GPS accuracy, so it should now be less likely to drop connection while using this feature. Furthermore, OnePlus included some dark theme and translation improvements, as well as other general bug fixes and optimizations.

The update will arrive on your OnePlus 3 and 3T as an OTA if you've previously flashed another Open Beta on your phone. Bear in mind though that once you migrate to the Beta patch, you will no longer receive official stable OTAs.

source: OnePlus (1, 2)

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1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Oneplus's software update system is the best in class. Google is faster, but much more buggy. Samsung's is the most stable, but very slow. Oneplus offers the best mix of both, and patches bugs really quickly. The software is the only reason I'm waiting for the OP5. Hardware was pretty mediocre in OP3. The screen is average, battery is trash with nougat and camera is really bad in low light(compared to S7). Software on the other hand is amazing. Fast, fluid for the most part and the RAM management is amazing.

2. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Hey Tyrion aren't you upset with Samsung pricing in India. The S8 is almost priced $900 in India, in contrast with it's $720 price in US market. It's also following the Apple policy to ridiculously price the iPhone high in comparison with US market. Samsung also assembles it's phone in India. But now Apple price is more in line with US while Samsung's is way off.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not at all bad, the pricing I mean. That $720 only applies to the carrier version of the phone in US, and that even applies to certain carriers and goes up to $750 on some carriers. Not to mention the fact that state tax has to be added on top of this price. Also there's the fact that in India we are getting the superior Exynos compared to SD in US. The price of Apple as well as Samsung phones are pretty well in line right now. The official price of iPhones is ₹56k while US pricing is $650. Samsung is charging ₹57k while US pricing is $720. I know you can get the iPhone for as low as ₹50k, but that's due to the price cuts due to the fact that it's 6 month old and dealer deals. S8 will cost ₹50k in a few months too. Pricing is a complex beast to gauge. But I think the pricing is pretty fair. I won't be getting it for battery life reasons, but if you don't need a good battery life, go for it for the current price. You also get $100 earbuds and a free fast wireless charger in the box.

6. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Yes battery life is surely a let down. I currently have OP3 which have rather inconsistent battery, mostly I get 4-4.5 hrs screen on time. My sister is considering an update, but I am skeptical of going with S8 at the current prices, because it is sure to come down to more acceptable ₹50k in two months. Moreover I believe OP5 launch is around the corner, so waiting for another 2 months to see what they offer will be better choice. Off topic do you run a blog, I find your comments very informative, would like to read your blog

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm in the same boat, where battery is really bad on my OP3. I'm being tempted by s7 but leaving a phone with poor battery for another phone with poor battery is a bad investment. OP5 will not be very good. It will mostly suffer from the same issues as OP3 like poor battery and camera. At this point, the only savior is note 8 or the new iPhone, or else I'll skip 2017 altogether. Yes, I do run a blog. But articles are scarce since I am busy. I'll start regularly in may. You can find me at:https://goo.gl/AExcLg

19. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Thanks for taking out time and answering. Browsed through your blog, indeed a very good start. I can attest to your claim of bad battery backup in OP3. More than poor, it's inconsistent I, can't trust it to last a day when I am out travelling, it just dies down half day and the display never use more than 25%. It's Android system and OS using most of my battery. I am planning on getting Mi6 from Aliexpress, but I have no experience of buying high valued items from Aliexpress, so don't know what custom issues I will face. But I have purchased products costing Rs 3K and below from Aliexpress without any issues, usually take a month to deliver.

21. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The issue with Mi6 is the really bad UX and lack of 3.5 mm audio jack. Also the sensor is really small and the display too. When you subtract the area the on screen keys take, the usable screen left will be less than 5", which will be a big step down. Also, importing means you get no warranty. What if it's DOA. I think you should try a custom ROM and kernel. Most of the battery life issues are due to software, not hardware. So a ROM should solve most issues. I'm going to try dirty unicorn today.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Battery life could be better, but to call it trash. Granted I am running a custom nougat, but had no issues with battery life on my OP3 and OP3T.

7. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Battery life was the best for me on open beta in marshmallow builds. Maybe it's my phone aging, but I have to top off before bed now, which makes it pretty trash. It's so bad that I'm thinking of buying a new phone despite my OP3 being perfectly well.

30. michaelny2001

Posts: 340; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

yeah, i can't say i had a major problme with th ebattery wither an di have the very first version of OP3. only when i play graphics intensive games, it kills it fast, otherwise, no issues. Switched from Note 4 and the battery is about the same.

5. Retro-touch unregistered

Battery has been relatively the same for me when comparing Nougat to Marshmallow on my OP3. Bugs have been getting squashed with each update and things are perfect on 4.1.3, I'm a very happy customer. Screen is very good, it doesn't have to be the best in class and the camera has been excellent. Expecting similar quality in those 2 aspects to the S7 which had the best screen and one of the best cameras is doing a great disservice to the OP3/T

8. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I have to charge before bed, which means it's as bad as it gets. Sorry, but a SD820 phone with 3000 mAh battery and 1080p screen should last considerably longer. Most of my battery is consumed by android system, Android OS and Google play services. Screen is not sharp at all. PenTile artifacts are very visible and color reproduction lacks well behind Samsung AMOLED screens. Even a galaxy S6 from 2015 has a much better display. That being said, it beats all LCD phones handily. The camera is really good in perfect lighting, but it falls face down in low light.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If I look at my phone (which is the OP3T), Android System uses about 4%, Android OS about 3. But I do run a custom rom with a lot of tweaking, including a kernel manager. I haven't seen artefacts, but yes the Samsung Amoleds are a lot better. The screen on my previous S7 Edge was so much brighter and sharper. I just prefer the OP because of dual sim and custom romming

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

S7 edge has dual sim too, at least here in India. Custom ROMs have a lot better battery life. Even the beta ROMs like lineage have a lot better battery life. Combine that with ElementalX kernel and undervolting and I used to get 8 hours+ SoT. Which ROM/kernel are you using? I am genuinely thinking of ditching OxygenOS.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Alas, the S7 Edge wasn't available in dual sim at the time and still hard to find in my country (Netherlands). Currently using Dirty Unicorns based on 7.1.2 with Substratum/OMS support (theme engine). Also ElementalX and getting almost 6 but didn't under volt. It's a very stable ROM with nice features, but not overly done. If I may advise a very nice theme (if you're into that), I would go with Compound for Substratum. It's beautiful and the dev gives great support (and updates a lot)

16. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Will try it tomorrow and tell you my experience. Does it support OTA though?

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes and no... there is a DU updater in the settings that shows you the latest version (official, rc and weeklies) and downloads it for you. But installation is done in TWRP, sometimes needing to reinstall the gapps as well. But you can dirty flash it (clean Dalvik & cache though), so you won't lose data every time you update. Btw this rom doesn't include root, so if you want that too, you need to install root (SuperSu or Magisk for instance) yourself.

18. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Oh, that's cool. As long as I don't need to clean flash everytime.

23. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

BTW, why are you using elementalX if you are not for underclocking. Isn't the stock kernel good?

24. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It is, but installed the ExKernel Manager to play around and changed the governor to ElementalX, so the CPUs don't run full speed. So that's underclocking (but didn't know that was undervolting).

25. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

If you underclock, that's undervolting too. These processors have set p-states on what voltages to use with each clock speed. I got dirty unicorn too BTW. Not yet rooted though, but will install superSU soon with substratum theme manager. So far, I like the ROM.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I didn't know that one specifically :) Btw you don't need root for Substratum to work on DU, since it's a OMS7 Rootless integrated ROM :)

27. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I rooted before reading that. Well, all my themes are getting stuck on applying it on advanced settings.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Which themes do you use? Do you get error messages?

29. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

A restart fixed it. And yes, I'm getting error messages after it installs.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Could be the theme dev hasn't updated his themes, a lot has changed since the initial release of Substratum


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I'd like to see what OnePlus does with the 5 as well. I really am hoping for something with each even better battery, and hopefully they can get that even with a QHD screen. If they can, I can see myself getting it. Let's see what Nokia will do as well.

12. Anacrust

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

Except now my 3T's back button has be pressed 10 times for it work after the update.

13. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Hope the next phone they make has two sizes. 4.7" for people who like em small, 5.5" for people who like em big.

20. DAC78

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Sounds to me that they're just fixing bugs and mistakes. Not really anything new or better just performance corrections.

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