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Latest OnePlus 5 and 5T Open Beta brings "oil painting" fix, Google Lens mode

One of the OnePlus community's biggest camera complaints is finally being fixed.
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July 17, 2018
TL;DR
  • OxygenOS Open Beta 14 and 12 rolling out now for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T phones.
  • Google Lens mode and “oil painting” fix both included in latest beta firmware.

OnePlus is rolling out a new Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T that brings camera improvements and Google Lens support to the Chinese brand’s 2017 flagships. Beta program subscribers can download Open Beta 14 and 12 (for the 5 and 5T, respectively) as an OTA update or via the Oxygen Updater as of today.

While the latest Open Beta firmware doesn’t have a huge amount of exciting new features, OnePlus 5 and 5T users will be glad to hear that it includes fixes for what many have dubbed the “oil painting effect” that adds a washed, softer look to photos. OnePlus had previously included the common complaint in a long list of promised fixes earlier this month.

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As well as additional “photo clarity,” the main draw of the latest update is the addition of a Google Lens mode to OnePlus’ bespoke Camera app. The mode, as you might expect, lets you access Google Lens immediately with just a quick tap of a shortcut within the Camera app.

The addition of Lens — Google’s super-smart visual search feature — shouldn’t come as any surprise as it previously showed up in an APK for OnePlus’ default camera in late June. A Lens mode has also been added to the Shenzhen-based OEM’s current flagship, the OnePlus 6, in the latest update launched earlier today.

The latest Open Beta updates are yet to hit the OnePlus website, but it should arrive in the next few days if you haven’t received an OTA notification. A full official release should follow shortly after.