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.
ONEPLUS 5T WITH ANDROID OREO-BASED OXYGENOS 5.0.3: HERES WHAT’S NEW
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.
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.