Usually when a device receives the latest Android version update, it’s a reason to celebrate. However, in OnePlus‘s case, things are a little more complicated. The initial rollout was met with discontent since it featured a variety of bugs and problems. Two additional releases were deployed over the month that passed since Android 7.0 Nougat was made available, clearing out some of the surface issues.
OnePlus even organized beta runs for the two models for those that were interested. However, aside from being interested you would have to also register. After registration, you would get access to the beta builds and updates that can be flashed onto your personal device. You don’t have to worry if you thought you were required to do a ROM flash every time a new beta build came along. After the first one, you can just install the rest over the air, as they are made available for download. Speaking of new builds, the second beta build can now be downloaded freely as aforementioned.
In the case of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, the update was more about improving functionality and getting rid of problems so those expecting big flashy new features are out of luck. Regarding those problems that got removed, the most notable ones are the ones for the proximity sensor, the downloading feature and also system stability in general.
While the two handsets look better now than they did prior to the updates and fixes, they still have a long way to go. If these recent updates are any indications of OnePlus’ strategy, it shows us that the company heavily invests and puts its chips on the 3 and 3T units.
It is yet unspecified whether the two will skip 7.1.1 or continue with a more traditional style rollout, but in the upcoming weeks we should have more information about what’s to come from OnePlus and what users can expect as well. It is likely that upcoming iterations will also focus more on improving stability rather than flashing out any new features, but since nothing is confirmed we can only speculate.