OnePlus is launching a new OxygenOS beta update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The update arrives as the Open Beta 20 build for the OnePlus 3 and Open Beta 11 for the newer smartphone, and includes a handful of bug fixes and optimizations, such as various visual improvements added to the Weather widget and new performance optimizations meant to prevent various third-party applications from crashing.
Another change introduced in OxygenOS open beta 20 and 11 includes a new, optimized calculation method for data usage statistics which should result in more accurate tracking. Furthermore, the battery saver indicator changed from an orange status bar to a straightforward notification, and the expanded screenshot function has been further optimized to support capture while videos and GIFs are playing.
This particular feature is still marked as “experimental” so it will likely go through additional changes before it will be ready for the general public. As far as bug fixes are concerned, the latest builds solve various third-party app crashes, and following the update, the two smartphones should now correctly display the battery status of technically unsupported Bluetooth devices.
Lastly, the changelog also mentions a fix to the Weather application which would cause the app to fail in retrieving forecast data.
The latest OxygenOS Open Beta update is available for download over the air (OTA) on all OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T that already run the previous Open Beta build. These devices should receive an update notification in the coming hours and the updating process should be similar to previous public OS updates, meaning that users are advised to apply the latest build over an active Wi-Fi network and ensure their handsets have at least 50 percent of battery charge left.
All OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners can sign up for participating in the beta program on the company’s official forums. Keep in mind that once a user migrates their smartphone to the Open Beta branch, the device will no longer receive official stable software updates but instead, they will only be receiving Open Beta builds.
Of course, there’s always the option of moving back to the Stable branch, however, such a transition requires a full wipe of the device’s memory prior to flashing of a stable, official OxygenOS build.
OnePlus 5 ‘911 reboot’ issue fixed
Over the last few days, a small but growing number of OnePlus 5 users have claimed that upon dialing ‘911’ or ‘999’ — numbers designated for emergency services in the U.S. and UK, respectively — their phones have rebooted prior to the call going through.
On Reddit, many people have speculated that it is a problem with the phone’s ability to find a reliable GPS signal, which is a necessary part of getting a phone certified for making emergency calls.
Based on the information provided, Canadian OnePlus 5 users don’t seem to be affected — attempts to dial 911 go through every time. At the same time, not every American user has reported failure, either: some calls appear to go through the first time, while others take a few tries and eventually connect to the operator.
Of course, we don’t recommend testing out this particular bug without first informing your emergency department that you’re doing so.
A Facebook user provided video evidence of the problem after failing to connect to emergency services to report a building fire, which prompted a spokesperson for OnePlus to release this statement:
We have contacted the customer and are currently looking into the issue. We ask anyone experiencing a similar situation to contact us at email@example.com.
While this is certainly a troubling issue, it is not completely unique to the OnePlus 5. Certain phones — even Nexus phones for a time — reportedly had issues connecting with emergency services, but the feature was quickly restored through a software update.