It has been a little over a month since the OnePlus 3/3t received Android Oreo through a closed beta program, and now it’s finally available in the form of open beta version 25 and 16 for oneplus 3 and 3t respectively.
So, today I am going to do a quick review of Android Oreo Rom on Oneplus 3t and also, I will be showing all the newly added Oreo features in action.
Also, if you guys are impatient like me and wanted to install this Android Oreo Rom right now, then I will be showing a step by step guide to install it.
Oxygen OS Android Oreo 8.0 For OnePlus 3/3T
Oneplus is among the few companies who fulfilled their promise by updating their last year flagship device to Android Oreo 8.0, and in my testing, I found that this update is pretty stable but being an open beta Rom, some bugs are expected more on that in the later part of the video.
Talking 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 there are lots of Oreo features that you will be getting in the first batch of Android Oreo beta Rom. 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.
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. It will automatically show you the suggestion for your user name on a specific app, 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.
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 and smart text selection which Uses Google’s advanced machine learning techniques, and brings the ability to recognise text as an address, email ID or a contact number, and will show related options. 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.
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.
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.
Now according to oneplus there are few know issues like, Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to, Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable, there is also Some stability issues with NFC and Bluetooth, and you can also expect some Performance and compatibility issues of 3rd party apps.