OnePlus 5/5T Get Gaming Mode, Portrait Mode in Front Camera and More

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Aug 29, 2018
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While Android P is still yet to make it to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, the devices continue to get regular updates and new features. Both devices have an excellent open beta program and version 17/15 brings a significant number of changes to the system. It includes Gaming Mode 3.0 and a number of other system change. Most notably it comes with a front-facing portrait mode, just like on the OnePlus 6.  The full changelog is as follows:

System

  • Added Toast message source for Toast messages sent by background apps
  • Added description about sleep standby optimization when the function is turned on for the first time
  • Optimized background power consumption control
  • Fixed call recording issue in India
  • Updated Android security patch to 2018.8

Camera

  • Added portrait mode for the front camera

Gaming mode 3.0

  • Added call suspension notification
  • Added text notification mode
  • UI and interaction optimization

Weather

  • Hourly weather forecast
  • 8 units of meteorological data including precipitation probability and Perceived temperature
  • Improved weather data accuracy

Note

  • New OxygenOS UI
  • Optimized process for sharing notes as an image

Oneplus Switch

  • UI optimization

The Toast message source is incredibly useful for finding applications that send out a lot of spam. Gaming Mode 3.0 adds a call suspend notification, text notification mode, and UI optimization. OnePlus’ suite of applications has gotten a facelift as well. The Notes app has been updated to be consistent with the system’s new UI along with the OnePlus Switch app. Other apps such as the included OnePlus Weather app get hourly weather forecasts. Lastly, the update bumps up the Android security patch of the devices to August. The update should be available OTA to all beta testers. Alternatively, the images can also be sideloaded via the OnePlus website. Hopefully, software support alone should let OnePlus keep the hold they have on the upper mid-range segment as competitors such as Xiaomi’s Poco F1 offer similar hardware at a significantly lower cost.

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