Today in Android: Oneplus 3/3T Get Face Unlock, ZTE Axon 7’s Oreo Update Leaked and More


After the launch of a new device, several manufacturers often met out step-motherly treatment to their predecessors. Thankfully, OnePlus isn't one of them and continues to update the nearly two-year-old OnePlus 3/3T regularly. As a cherry on top, they even port features from newer devices on to older, compatible ones. In the latest update, the OnePlus 3 and 3T get their successor's Face Unlock feature, along with a few other perks including the latest May security patch for Android. Here's the complete changelog:

  • System
    • Updated Android security patch to 2018.5
    • Supported FaceUnlock
  • Launcher
    • Refined Shelf UI design
    • New design for App shortcuts
    • Supported more options when long pressing an icon
  • Gallery
    • Places: a map view of photos by location
    • Supported sharing photos to Shot-On-OnePlus
    • Added “Recently Deleted” collection
  • File Manager
    • Added “Large files” category
  • Weather
    • Added new widget for Launcher
    • Improved the positioning accuracy
    • Adjust refresh interval for weather information update

The update is rolling out OTA and should hit your device within the week.

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With all the controversy surrounding the Chinese telecommunication behemoth, it is easy to overlook that ZTE is still a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone market. The ZTE Axon 7 is a relic from the yesteryears, released way back in 2016. It aimed to deliver high-end specifications at a reasonable price, and it played the part reasonably well. The company even promised an Oreo update for the device even when they could potentially lose their Android licence. ZTE was working in tandem with the Lineage OS team to develop Oreo for the Axon 7. Today, an XDA Developers member released a custom ROM based for the device, which can be downloaded using this link. If you absolutely cannot wait for the official OTA, check out the link above for more details on how to install it.

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One would expect Samsung of all companies to be a bit more diligent when it comes to regularly updating their flagship devices. Most companies prioritize flagships over other devices when it comes to updates, but Samsung seems to do the exact opposite. Eligible mid-range and budget Samsung devices seem to receive security patches before flagships for the past few months for reasons known best only to Samsung. Today, the Galaxy Note 8 May security patch rollout begins in the North American market, though it is only for carrier-unlocked devices. Other than the May security patch, the update brings nothing new to the popular phablet. You should receive it OTA in the coming days or trigger the update manually by tapping Download updates manually in the Software update section of the phone’s Settings app.