Welcome to today’s AndroidBeat daily briefing where we bring you up to date with the latest happenings in the world of Android. Today’s briefing contains some Oreo-y news for OnePlus 3 owners, a new phone launch from Vivo in India, and Google acquiring HTC.
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The secret to Google Pixel’s amazing camera performance is Google’s HDR+ and computational photography tricks which help the phone capture some amazing photos. While OEMs like Samsung and HTC have tried implementing their own taken on HDR+, their efforts have not been as successful as that of Google.
In an interview with OnePlus’ community manager Oliver Z, the company has confirmed that Android O will be the last OS update that the OnePlus 3 and 3T will get. While Android 8.0 will mark the end of OS updates for these two handsets, OnePlus promises to roll out security updates for them for the “foreseeable future.”
The OnePlus 5 goes on sale in many regions across the world starting from today. While not as affordable as previous OnePlus phones, the 5 does pack top-notch internals that can give other flagship phones in the market a run for their money.
OnePlus today started the rollout of OxygenOS Open Beta 17/18 for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The latest beta brings about a number of new features and enhancements along with the May Android Security patch level.
With the imminent launch of the OnePlus 5, the Never Settle company today announced that it will stop selling the OnePlus 3T. The company notes that it has limited stocks of the handset in its warehouse in Europe and UK and once it runs out, it will not be restocking the handset.
Last year, Samsung managed to sell its flagship handset — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — in excess of 45+ million units and that was despite the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. This year, if the early impressions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are anything to go by, Samsung is on track for another bumper year.
Every year, we see a bunch of Android flagships being launched with some new technological breakthrough. Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 started the trend of waterproofing in flagship smartphones, while the Moto Z showed how modular phones of the future will work. In a bid to outdo each other, Android OEMs end up quickly copying such features to their next flagship handset. However, there is one feature that still remains exclusive to an excellent Android smartphone launched last year: OnePlus 3‘s Dash Charge.
OnePlus has started rolling out a relatively minor OxygenOS 4.1.3 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The bug fixing update is still based on Android 7.1.1 and primarily aims to fix some of the bugs that were left lingering around after the previous OxygenOS update.