OnePlus rolls out new OxygenOS beta for 3 and 3T, including an 'all new launcher'

Will the new OxygenOS beta make you give your OnePlus phone the lick of love?

The new OnePlus 5 launched last month - with one or two issues raising a few eyebrows since then - but the company remains committed to delivering more software updates for its older 3 and 3T. In fact, it's now rolling out a beta of its latest update for both devices, with various new features and improvements.

OxygenOS Open Beta 19/10 brings an "all new OnePlus Launcher" (version 2.1) to the 3 and 3T, with the following features:

  • Supports dynamic icons for Weather and Calendar
  • Added ‘Home screen layout’ under launcher settings for grid and icon customizations
  • Grid layout will be kept irrespective of display size changes
  • Added search history records in app drawer, displaying the 5 most recent apps on the first row
  • Newly installed apps will now be tagged with a blue dot for easier recognition
  • You can access icon pack resources on the Play store directly under launcher settings
  • User interface improvements during widget selection
  • Launcher version information is now visible under launcher settings

OnePlus' release notes for the new beta also highlight the other enhancements that it brings:

Other additions:

  • Added an option to display battery status of connected Bluetooth devices
  • Added OnePlus widget (Not usable on Shelf)
  • Email address recognition within the text message contents
  • Size of clock widget is now adjustable
  • Updated UI style for Clock

Optimizations:

  • Smart Callback works better
  • Incoming call animations redesigned
  • OnePlus font optimizations for select languages
  • Compatibility optimizations for various Bluetooth devices

Details on how to download and install the new beta can be found here on the OnePlus site. Bear in mind that if you join the Open Beta program, you'll receive beta updates over-the-air, but if you want to switch to stable official releases later, you'll have to wipe your phone first.

OnePlus has promised to upgrade the 3 and 3T to the next major version of Android - currently known as Android O - by the end of this year.

Source: OnePlus

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