Last month, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the company will be updating the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones to Android O. And now, we finally know when the update will actually begin rolling out. During an AMA session on Reddit, OnePlus revealed that the Android O update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be arriving “within this year”. Quite clearly, this means you can expect the update to be available before the year ends. While OnePlus did not mention the OnePlus 5 in the answer, it is quite obvious that the OnePlus 5 too will be updated to Android O around the same time as the 3 and 3T.
While the final name won’t be revealed until later this year, recent leaks suggest Android O will be called Oatmeal Cookie and not Oreo. As with any major Android release, Google has baked in a number of new features and improvements into Android O to give you a better software experience. Thanks to some major optimizations, Google has managed to cut down app loading as well as boot times significantly with Android O. Both the OnePlus 3 and 3T are great performers already, but with the Android O update, you can expect them to be even faster in terms of real world performance. Google Play Protect optimizes security on your device by analyzing app behavior and detecting malware as well as removing it from your phone.
For an improved multitasking experience, Android O offers a new Picture-in-picture mode that allows you to have an app or video open in a small window. Some of the other key Android O features worth looking forward to include notification channels and dots, adaptive icons, new circular emojis, HDR display support, Wi-Fi Aware, system-wide autofill, background limits, high-quality Bluetooth audio streaming using the Sony LDAC codec, new Java 8 APIs, WebView enhancements, and more.
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