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What's new in OnePlus 5T with the Android Oreo update

Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 5T is one of the most popular UI layers, and with almost stock Android-like experience, it is a delight to use.

Published onApril 29, 2018

OnePlus 5T

Launched last year, OnePlus 5T is a solid, well-rounded smartphone that packs in top-of-the-line specifications in a well-built chassis. The OnePlus 5T though shipped with OxygenOS 4.7.6 based on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

But recently, the company shipped OxygenOS 5.0.3 based on Android 8.0 Oreo via an OTA update and quickly followed it up with the Android 8.1 update.

Oxygen OS is one of the most popular UI customization layers. There’s a subtle touch of enhancements and finesse without overwhelming user experience or performance. It’s improved quite a lot over the years, and with almost stock Android-like experience, it is a delight to use. 

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With Android Oreo, there’s a lot of things going behind the scenes on the OnePlus 5T for a more smoother experience overall. The company claims that the OnePlus 5T now starts more quickly with 2x the boot speed when powering up.

Some marquee features of Android Oreo also come to OxygenOS. With the new background limits, Android Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps that you use least. It’s a pretty good feature under the hood, but something you don’t see on the surface. There’s AutoFill that remembers your credentials with your permission for a quicker authentication. With picture-in-picture, you can see two apps at once. The Oreo update also includes fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji.

You can dive into more apps with fewer taps… press the notification dots to quickly see what’s new and clear them with just a swipe. Also, with Android Instant Apps, you can go directly into new apps straight from your browser – no installation needed.

OnePlus 5T screenshots

There’s a bunch of other improvements that OxygenOS brings to the OnePlus 5T with Android Oreo upgrade.

The accessibility button lets you quickly reach accessibility features from the navigation bar, such as magnification, and functionality within accessibility services, such as Select to Speak and accessibility services can optimize the audio experience for users with disabilities.

The OnePlus 5T now features background execution limits that gives it more control over how apps run in the background for better overall system performance. There’s also background location limits for better overall system health.

The latest upgrade brings integrated printing support for all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

With new notification categories, there’s more granular control over which notifications can appear and how intrusive they are. Users can also hide notifications for a period of time, similar to inbox snoozing.

There are some more nifty little additions to the OnePlus 5T with the Android Oreo update. What is your favorite feature on Oreo that you were missing out on Android Nougat? Tell us in the comments!

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