OnePlus CEO Carl Pei tried to troll Xiaomi's ephemeral polls, but it backfired beautifully

Hey, remember that unfortunate poll that Xiaomi hosted a couple of days ago? You know, the one where asked its fans to cast votes for either stock Android or the company’s own heavily-skinned MIUI, and deleted promptly after vanilla ‘Droid scored a crushing victory? Yes, that’s the one.

Funny enough, a OnePlus engineer came up with a similar poll on Twitter just yesterday, asking OnePlus fans to compare stock Android with the company’s own OxygenOS. Initially, the poll was going strongly in OxygenOS’ favor, but then Carl Pei, the CEO and co-founder of OnePlus, weighed in and …


Lava Red OnePlus 5T unboxing and first look

The OnePlus 5T is now available in a brand new color: Lava Red. We have just gotten this newest color version and we are eager to unbox it and compare the new color to the current Midnight Black version and the previously available Sandstone White.
You should know that the Lava Red OnePlus 5T is a limited edition version of the phone and it is only available in the higher-end configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, sold for a price of $560 in the United States. Apart from the color, it is the same old OnePlus 5T, running impressively fast and powered …

OnePlus co-founder Pei: OnePlus X2 rumor is Fake News

Back in 2015, OnePlus took time out from producing “Flagship Killers” to offer a mid-range model called the OnePlus X. Recently, there has been some talk about a sequel to the mid-ranger that would be called the OnePlus X2. This model will carry the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, and feature a dual camera setup on back. The OnePlus X2 is also rumored to be equipped with a 5.5-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of native storage. A front-facing 16MP camera will handle selfies and video chats, and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on.

Sounds good, right? However, there is one thing that …

Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0.2 update for OnePlus 5T halted, OnePlus rolling out a revised version

Last week, OnePlus introduced OxygenOS 5.0.2 – the first Oreo-based version of its custom Android overlay – to the OnePlus 5T. The software upgrade brought a plethora of new features, but many users in India were left bemused by the inclusion of Mkey, a multi-use SMS/keyboard app that required a suspicious amount of permissions and gathered a lot of user data. 

Possibly in response to customer concerns, OnePlus is now rolling out a revised variant of the update as OxygenOS version 5.0.3. The changelog of the new patch is nearly identical …

OnePlus brings iPhone X-like navigation gestures in latest Oreo beta release

An edge-to-edge screen is a great thing to have, but you still have to navigate around this screen and on Android devices this is done via software buttons that take up space and spoil the “all-screen phone” idea a bit.

OnePlus now shows that it can be done in a different way. The company is testing gestures to navigate around the interface, a manner similar to what Apple uses in the iPhone X.
This new OnePlus feature is currently only available for developers to test in the OxygenOS Open Beta 3 version, as Reddit user MisterMrMister notes. We have …

OnePlus 5 and 5T beta update removes 'infamous' Clipboard app, adds new gesture

OnePlus is testing new features for its latest flagship killers – the OnePlus 5 and 5T, so anyone who’s part of the beta program can try them out. Also, the latest OxygenOS update addresses some issues and adds some under the hood improvements, OnePlus states.

But the most important change is the removal of the Clipboard app that caused so much ruckus among OnePlus users lately. Even though the Chinese company recently released a statement denying the Clipboard app sends data to China, it appears that OnePlus caved in under users pressure and decided to remove it completely.

Well, …

Thanks to a Jedi mind trick, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition returns in India

To sort of quote a line from Star Wars, “Sales must be strong with this OnePlus model.”  The phone in question is the OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition in Sandstone white, which sold out quickly after being launched last month in India for 38,999 rupees ($615 USD). Indian consumers paid an extra 1,000 rupees ($15 USD) for the limited edition handset, which was equipped with 128GB of native storage.

Those who missed out on purchasing the phone when it was first available, collectively used a Jedi mind trick to get OnePlus to return to the Indian marketplace with the 5T Star Wars edition. …

OnePlus releases statement denying that users' clipboard data is being sent to China

Recently, images disseminated on social media made it appear as though Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus was sending information from the clipboard on your OnePlus phone to China. From there, the rumor mill worked overtime, speculating that your clipboard data was being received by authorities inside China’s government. This morning, OnePlus issued a statement that explains everything.

Apparently, the whole misunderstanding is related to a file in OxygenOS named badwords.txt. Just that name alone was enough to add fuel to the fire. However, OnePlus says that the file is inactive in OxygenOS. …

OnePlus hired "stupid men" for a speed test between its 5T phone and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8

OnePlus  never shies away from a little controversy, and that’s exactly what we’re being served via the company’s latest promo video. Titled OnePlus 5 – The Cactus Test, the new video pits the OnePlus 5T against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, but it does it in a most unusual way. 
As you can see below, the video presents two “stupid men” (OnePlus’ words, not ours) who, according to the narrator, are “testing the processing speeds” of the 5T and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. 
One man uses the Galaxy Note 8, while the other has a OnePlus …

Face unlock: who does it best? iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5T

Unlocking your phone with your face has been a thing for quite some time. It has been a part of Android since 2011, when Face Unlock was introduced on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. (Remember that guy?) Alas, the feature was neither secure, nor very reliable, which is probably why it never reached the mainstream popularity that fingerprint scanners achieved over the years that followed.

Yet face unlocking is now gaining traction – not only because the technology has evolved, but also because fingerprint scanners in general are getting less convenient. Growing screens and shrinking bezels …