OnePlus 5T gets Android 8.0 Oreo: Notification dots, emojis and everything else new

OnePlus over the past couple of months has made sure that its existing and past lineup of phones from OnePlus 5 to OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 all receive Android 8.0 Oreo update. Despite Oreo being a little over 5 months old now, the rollout among Android smartphones has been extremely slow. OnePlus is among a few OEMs working relatively faster to bring the latest update to their smartphones.

Last week, OnePlus started officially pushing out Android Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0.2 for its latest OnePlus 5T flagship smartphone. However, the rollout was halted due to some bugs. The company quickly solved the issues and once again pushed out the Oreo update with OxygenOS 5.0.3 this week. We received the stable update on Tuesday and thought about highlighting some of the new features on the OnePlus 5T with Oreo.


First thing’s first, Android Oreo doesn’t visually differ a lot from Nougat as most of the actual update resides under-the-hood such as performance and battery life improvements. Google has introduced a few new additions with Oreo to make the user interface a little easier to work with such as notification dots, Picture-in-Picture (PiP), and autofill that people should be familiar with by now. All of these do come to the OnePlus 5T to some extent, which is great to see although not all of them work properly as of now. I’m mainly talking about PiP, which essentially allows you to minimise a video on YouTube or Facebook and have it floating on the screen while you can browse other apps.

Unfortunately, apps that support PiP are limited right now. YouTube, for example, only supports the feature for YouTube Red users. You do get to use the feature with Google Maps with the navigation voice turned on. Press the home key and Maps will minimise into a floating window which you can drag anywhere on screen. You can check out the list of supporting apps by heading to Setting > Apps > Special access > Picture-in-Picture.

The most noticeable among the new features is of course the notification dots, which as the name suggests adds a coloured dot on the top right side of an app icon. The colour of the dot is based on the colour of the colour of the app. You will notice the dot whenever you receive a notification of say a message on WhatsApp, a tag on Facebook, or a retweet on Twitter. The dots will disappear on opening the app or removing the notification slide from notification bar. You can also press and hold an app icon with a dot which will bring up a quick look of the notification you received. You can swipe the notification out and you also get some options to uninstall, edit and more right below. The notification dots also appear in the app drawer as well.

Apart from the Oreo update, OnePlus has also made some tweaks of its own. You will notice some changes to the notification bar which removes the battery info from the tiles and places it on the top right corner. There’s also a neat new animation on the notification bar which displays app icons that expands as you pull down the panel. Additionally, the latest Oreo update also lets you snooze notifications for up to 2 hours by swiping right on the notification on the drop down bar. There have also been minor updates to the gallery, launcher, weather app and file manager with OxygenOS 5.0.2.

Keen-eyed 5T users have also noticed that the update removes the short vibration that takes place when unlocking the phone via the fingerprint sensor. This is something not a lot of users are happy about and the company may just bring it back in the future if the feedback is overwhelmingly negative.

The Oreo update also overhauls the emojis as well. You get a whole new set of emojis that are round rather than the square-shaped ones as previously seen. A convenient new feature not many people may be aware of is smart text selection. Highlighting a specific part of a text like say an address or a number will bring up the option of Maps or Phone, respectively, which allows you to directly perform the action rather than copy pasting them. Of course, these are only some of the new features that the Oreo update along with OxygenOS 5.0.3 brings to the OnePlus 5T. Users are likely to discover more in the days to come. Let us know your favorite or not-so-favorite addition to the OnePlus 5T on Oreo in the comments below.