This is one reason why the unlocked version of an Android phone tops the carrier-locked model

This is one reason why the unlocked version of an Android phone tops the carrier-locked model
Back in September, the unlocked version of the OnePlus 7 Pro was updated to Android 10. But three months later, those who purchased the phone from T-Mobile still had not received it, leaving their handset running Android 9 Pie. That meant that they were forced to use the three-button navigation system (back, home, multitask) familiar to Android users or the half-assed gesture system that turned out to be a stop-gap before Android 10's improvements.

You'll notice that we used the past tense in the above paragraph because this past weekend, the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 7 Pro finally received the update to OxygenOS 10.0.1 bringing Android 10 to the handset. And users of the device were so excited about this development that they took to Reddit (via Android Police) to announce its arrival. With the update, OnePlus 7 Pro users will be able to switch between the three-button navigation system of old and the new gesture system that includes a problematic back gesture (that accidentally takes you out of an app from time-to-time) but otherwise offers a quick trip home by swiping up from the bottom.

Besides the much-improved gesture navigation system, other features found on Android 10 include the system-wide Dark Mode. This turns the UI from showing black text on a white background to white text on a black background and can prevent one's eyes from getting strained at night or in a dark room. Dark Mode also can slightly improve the battery life of phones that sport an AMOLED panel. With Smart Reply, an appropriate response to a message will appear and if warranted, a link will take the user directly to Google Maps for directions. Android 10 also adds 65 new emoji and many more improvements to the Android operating system. The update weighs in at 1.9GB and includes the November security patch.


Those who heard about quick Android updates for OnePlus phones and figured that their handset would be running Android 10 months ago will learn a lesson for next time. If you don't have the unlocked version of a phone, you will still be at the mercy of your carrier and they are usually the last to push through an update.

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6 Comments

1. Eclectech

Posts: 360; Member since: May 01, 2013

Just updated my T-Mobile OnePlus 7Pro to Android 10. Annoyed it took so long. Love the systemwide dark mode but not a fan of the new navigation options. Oh well

2. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Why is “system wide dark mode” keep being mentioned in Oneplus’ latest update? Oneplus always had a system wide dark (black) mode.

3. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

System wide by Android, not OnePlus

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Too bad one plus phones are at the mercy of carriers. These features have been on my vivo nex dual display since Oct/Nov 2018.

6. Brewski

Posts: 736; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Did you even read the article? It's talking about how slow carrier updates are and why people are choosing to buy it straight from OnePlus to avoid software delays. I got my 7 Pro on the OnePlus website when it first went on sale for Black Friday (before Thanksgiving) and the first update gave me Android 10.

5. DaveElliott

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Oh Lordy, they had to wait 3 months for navigation changes. Why, TMO, why? I have just read about a modern-day monster. Get the children to shelter.

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