OnePlus' latest flagship smartphones have both received updates for their respective OxygenOS beta tester builds. The updates bring the OnePlus 5 to OxygenOS Open Beta 5 and the OnePlus 5T to OxygenOS Open Beta 3, and bring a series of incremental improvements and changes that will soon trickle downwards towards the main user update branch.
The headline feature of this build is the addition of navigation bar based system navigation gesture controls, similar to those found on the iPhone X. These gstures can be activated in settings and used via swiping in various directions in a manner not unlike that found on the iPhone X. This feature seems to be working well on the beta build for these devices, as can be seen in the video below:
Aside from this significant addition, OnePlus have focused largely on introducing bug fixes and improvements in this beta update, addressing some common complaints from users. An example of this is the swipe gesture for answering incoming phone calls (which you can now change via a toggle in the Phone app), and the currently buggy clipboard functionality; as well as fixing a fairly serious CPU security vulnerability.
- Added pick-up gesture switcher
- You can now choose which way you slide (up or down) to pick up a phone call
- General bug fixes and improvements
- Removed Clipboard function based on user feedback
- Applied CPU security patch: CVE-2017-13218
- Added new Navigation gestures that you can enable by going into settings and disabling the nav bar.
- Added SMS categorization function for India only This is an India only feature that auto-sorts your SMS messages into categories
If you are already enrolled in the OnePlus Open Beta programme on the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T, you should receive a notification to install this update over-the-air and upgrade to OxygenOS Open Beta 3 or Open Beta 5, depending on your device of choice. However, this carries the same warnings and risks that any beta update does; it runs the risk of being highly unstable and breaking even basic user functionality such as calls and SMS. While it is unlikely to do so, this is beta software so your mileage may vary on a device to device basis, so we recommend not using your daily driver device for this beta.
What do you guys think? Will you install this update on your OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T? Are you excited to see features like iPhone X style gesture control come to your phone? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.
Image credit: The Verge
Video credit: /u/MisterMrMister on Reddit
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