OnePlus 3 is one of the best flagship smartphones of 2016 and its affordable pricing makes it worthy enough for anyone to upgrade without denting a big hole in the pocket. OnePlus is constantly introducing new features to make user experience on the OnePlus 3 better and here's another update for its users.
OnePlus released Android Marshmallow-based OxygenOS 3.5.5 Open Beta 6 software for OnePlus 3 users, bringing on board series of new features and improvements based on user feedback from version 3.5.4.
OnePlus 3 users running the previous build of beta software will receive the new update over-the-air (OTA). It is as simple as tapping on the notification for upgrade and granting permission to download and install the latest software. Users can also check for the latest build by going into the settings of the phone, then About Phone and Software updates.
Alternatively, users can get the latest open beta software from the company's download page. But it is important to back up the data on the device before flashing the new firmware to avoid losing important stuff.
Since the latest software is a beta, one must be prepared to witness some inconsistencies due to bugs. Beta releases are used by the company to test the software with limited and willing users ahead of a public rollout.
Below is the complete changelog that comes with OxygenOS 3.5.5 Open Beta 6:
- Added OnePlus FileDash functionality for convenient file transfers
- Added ability to switch launcher layouts
- Integration of Google Map to share locational information in messages.
- Redesign of the phone calling UI
- Added personalized ringtone information in contact details
- Added ability to view the entire call history of the selected contact
- Introduction of the OnePlus Community App
- Increased system stability
- General bug fixes
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]
How to install OxygenOS 3.5.5 Open Beta 6 on OnePlus 3?
Step 1: Ensure all necessary adb files are installed on the computer.
Step 2: Restart the phone into recovery mode by pressing power and volume down buttons simultaneously while the phone boots up.
Step 3: Select "Install from USB" option in the recovery screen and tap OK to confirm.
Step 4: When you see "You are in sideload mode" connect your phone to a computer.
Step 5: Open command prompt and run the following commands:
- Windows: "adb sideload "
- Mac/Linux: "adb sideload "
Note: The filename is the name of the software file you downloaded on your PC.
Step 6: This will start the process and wait for the device to reboot to complete the installation.
Step 7: Go to Settings page and verify under the About Phone if you are running the latest software.