OnePlus announces “Community Builds” of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3


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OnePlus has announced the next version of OxygenOS. OnePlus calls this a “Community Build” only for the OnePlus 3. OxygenOS 3.5 is still based on Android Marshmallow, but Nougat should be on the way soon. A “Community Build” is similar to release candidates. This means it’s a mostly stable release that isn’t quite ready for the mass market.

OnePlus 3 enthusiasts will be happy to get the new update. These updates require knowing how to use ADB, recovery mode, and sideloading ZIP files. Once you install a Community Build you will be locked into that channel. All future updates will be sent via OTA, but they will be Community Builds. You’ll have to do a fresh install of OxygenOS to get back to the stable channel.

Here’s everything you’ll get in the 3.5 Community Build:

  • Several UI improvements
  • New and improved OnePlus apps, including clock, weather, and file manager apps
  • Improved camera software
  • More robust settings and customization features

And since this is not a 100% stable release, here is everything that doesn’t work quite right:

  • Android Pay is not currently supported
  • Only English is currently supported in several OnePlus apps
  • Some performance issues
  • Some UI issues when using custom themes
  • System UI tuner is unstable (do not use); using the system UI tuner could cause serious issues that can only be resolved via factory reset
  • You will need to re-register your fingerprints if you have fingerprint authentication enabled

Head on over to the OnePlus forums to find out more about this release. Follow this link to download all the files for your device.

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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