OxygenOS on OnePlus 5: here are all the new features and improvements


OnePlus' custom software, OxygenOS, has gotten a few welcome improvements with the OnePlus 5. It's a light skin that resembles stock Android and we have praised earlier versions for adding meaningful features and welcome details like the option to select whether the back key should be on the right or left.

OnePlus is taking it to the next level with the OnePlus 5, and we take a first look at the software that brings the killer combination of a Snapdragon 835 system chip and 8 gigs of RAM come to life.

First of all, we should say that OxygenOS on the new phone runs on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The 7.1.1 version of Android was introduced in December of 2016, and included features like a new set of emoji, the option to send GIFs from your keyboard, and - best of all - the option to launch actions by long pressing an app icon.

On top of that, OxygenOS on the OnePlus 5 delivers the following new features:

Reading Mode: this turns your phone grayscale and adapts to ambient lighting conditions in a way somewhat similar to Apple's True Tone display. The idea is to reduce the strain on your eyes while reading, and what you basically get is a view of text that is very similar to what you'd normally see on an e-reader like the Amazon's Kindles. Blue light is also filtered out for all the night birds that will be reading using this mode, but it differs from Night Mode.


Translucent, slide-up app drawer: this works great. While previously you had to tap on the app drawer button to launch it, you now swipe up like you would do on Google's Pixel phones. Moreover, the app drawer itself is slightly transparent, so you don't feel out of place when you open it. Nice work!

Expanded screenshots: a catch-up feature, expanding screenshots is as simple as it sounds. You take a regular screenshot and you have the option to expand it to capture more of your display.

Auto night mode: this is straight-forward. OnePlus now allows you to automatically set night mode to start at certain times of the day, or just set it to launch at sunset and end at sunrise. This setting should have been there from day 1.

Secure box: this is a secure environment for your private files and we're glad it's arrived on the OnePlus 5. Other phones have offered similar functionality in one form or another for quite a while.


Gaming do not disturb mode: is another straight-forward feature that disables button while you are in a game. This is great: OnePlus phones are very sensitive to touch, and we've had numerous occasions where we would quit a game accidentally while playing. The gaming DND mode fixes that problem.


Off-screen gestures: is what allow you to draw letters on the screen to quickly launch apps. You can do something like draw a 'C' to start the camera, or 'S' for Spotify. This sounds cool on paper, but in reality, we don't know of anyone using such a feature. Let's see if OnePlus can make it popular.

Related phones

5
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

FEATURED VIDEO

9 Comments

1. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

1+3= 37 ? Ops

2. samgsam

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Except reading mode, all other features are present in beta builds for the 3 and 3T. It is a good strategy used by Oneplus. Older phones keep getting new features as well as they also become testers. Nice thinking.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

YouTube is blowing up with reviews of the Oneplus 5. Looks like they sent it 2 weeks back and gave them a time frame to upload it.

4. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Not the 1st time. Most phone companies are doing it except Apple . They are sending reviewers the phones in advance and letting them review it with the release time of the review being the end of the presentation of the new phone.

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I can find all of this feature in Touchwiz/Samsung Experience with different name. Ex. Secure Box = Secure Folder

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Reading mode Phonearena: yes its like Apples true tone display. Secure Box PhoneArena: Yes we have found it in other phones. But the fact is its still availabe only in Samsung & phones which are rooted. Lol PhoneArena.

7. Mohamad_abd

Posts: 5; Member since: May 24, 2017

It's the first time i watch a OnePlus announcement live , and to be honest it was really bad , like when i watched the unveiling of the note 7 and Huawei mate 9 I was really excited , they make you want the phone , and also the one plus 3T is really good with 6gb of ram and no refresh , graphics are really good in games , so u won't feel a difference

8. Mohamad_abd

Posts: 5; Member since: May 24, 2017

It's the first time i watch a OnePlus announcement live , and to be honest it was really bad , like when i watched the unveiling of the note 7 and Huawei mate 9 I was really excited , they make you want the phone , and also the one plus 3T is really good with 6gb of ram and no refresh , graphics are really good in games , so u won't feel a difference

9. alohha

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I use the off-screen gestures on my OP3. Not for launching apps but the music control is great. (Pause/Play and skip track)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.