Android Oreo the latest iteration of Android operating system that is released on 21st
Now all the major OEM is trying their best to bring this update to their flagship devices and among all the major OEM oneplus has become the first company to bring a pretty stable update of Android Oreo for there last year flagship device Oneplus 3T.
Now why I am saying that this is a stable update, because I am testing this Android Oreo Rom since almost 5 days on my Oneplus 3T and in my usage, I have tested each and every aspect of this Rom and more surprisingly all the Android Oreo features are working just fine including the hardware.
Android Oreo For Oneplus 3T
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Last week we came to know that oneplus is testing the Android Oreo build for oneplus 3t and oneplus 5 in a closed beta form. And just few days back this Android Oreo rom get leaked online. Now this Android Oreo build is based on Hydrogen OS which is the Chinese sibling of Oxygen OS so this rom comes with some Chinese bloatware which can be easily un-installed if you don’t want them.
Now if we go to the setting menu there is nothing new like we have seen in the Android Oreo setting menu but as we all know this is the initial Oreo build, maybe they will add that in the future build or maybe they want to keep it like this. Now if we go to the about phone you can clearly see that this is the Android Oreo 8.0 which is based on Hydrogen OS and the android security patch is of 1st September 2017.
Now if we talk about the aesthetics, everything looks just like the stock Android Oreo that we saw in pixel devices. By doing the swipe up gesture you can access the app drawer. By just tapping and holding an icon will trigger the app shortcut feature which is actually very useful and will save you from few clicks. For instance, you can directly take a video or selfie using this app shortcut feature.
Additionally, there is also a very cool feature know as notification dots which is introduced in android Oreo, now this will basically allow users to see notifications they’ve missed without pulling down the drop-down menu from the top of your screen.
The notification shade is also redesigned as now you get 4 by 3 tiles and Swiping right from the home screen will get you the shelf as usual.
Now if we talk about the performance then I must say that I am pretty impressed. Initially when I installed this Rom I was not expecting this to be very stable as this is the first build. But after using it for just few hours I was impressed with its stability, everything like Camera, Audio and finger print is working as they work in a stable rom and that’s exactly why now I am using this as my daily driver.
In my usage, I found that the performance is top notch, the UI is very fast and responsive just like an Stock Rom and there is no lag while switching between apps and games.
Moving forward to its camera which is also working just fine both front as well as back shooter can click some really awesome pictures and during my usage the camera app doesn’t crashed even once. In terms of camera quality, I didn’t find any major changes or improvements from Android nougat, so don’t expect it to perform better then Android Nougat’s version. Also, the fingerprint scanner is working like a charm and the finger print scanner of oneplus 3t is still one of the fastest scanner in the market.
The battery backup is also decent, with a moderate usage I am getting about 5 hours of Screen on time which is almost similar to what I was getting in Android Nougat and that really disappoints me as I was expecting some improvements in battery department, hope they will improve the battery backup in the final Oreo Build.
- Changes & Features
Now let’s talk about the changes and features that we will be getting in Android Oreo for our Oneplus 3t and the one of the most interesting feature is picture in picture mode which is basically a special type of split-screen window that should be particularly useful for watching videos while performing other tasks, though apps will need to be updated to support the new API and as of now this feature is supported by YouTube, Chrome and WhatsApp.
Next up we have Autofill API that simply try to help apps manage passwords and form data better than in previous versions of Android. The Autofill app stores and secures user data, such as addresses, usernames, and even passwords to the assigned Autofill app. For instance, if you open an app like twitter and you want to sign in to your account, now this will automatically show you the suggestion for your user name, once selected it will automatically fill the password and now you are good to go.
Next up is the Hi-Fi Bluetooth Codec and this one is my favourite, as we all know Bluetooth has always been criticized for its lower audio quality when compared to a set of wired headphones. And now a days 3.5 mm Jack is becoming less standard as the major smartphone manufacturer are getting rid of it and focusing more towards wireless audio.
Thankfully, Google has added a handful of high-quality Bluetooth codecs to Android Oreo which is hidden inside the developer’s options. By using these codecs, you will definitely find significant improvements in audio quality. It supports codecs like Sony’s LDAC SBC, AAC, Aptx and Aptx HD.
Other cool features include Notification channel that lets you choose between less useful and more useful notification for a specific app.
Snooze Notification that will make the notification go away for a specified time, then come right back when the time is up, so that you never miss any of your notification, and the list is actually quite long. I had made couple of videos on Android Oreo features and changes that you can watch to get a better idea.
Now I would also like to mention those Oreo features that are not available yet, Adaptive icons, navigation bar tuner, custom lock screen and Re designed setting menu is not implemented as of now, but I hope they will soon release these missing features in open beta rom.
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