last Thursday we were able to learn more about the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat to one of the devices with the best scores of this year 2016. In effect, the OnePlus 3 received the latest version of Android in the form of beta, accompanied by the personalization layer OxygenOS in its version 4.0.
on this occasion, and such as my companions already did with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Huawei P9 and their respective updates to Nougat, I wanted to to test this new version on my OnePlus 3, in order to show you each and every one of the new features that come alongside this update.
These are the changes that come to the OnePlus 3 Android 7.0
Before you begin, it is necessary that I comment that both the OnePlus 3 as the OnePlus 3T will receive exactly the same version of OxygenOS, with exactly the same characteristics, once the OTA starts to be deployed globally, which should start to reach the end of this month of December.
in Addition, if you have a OnePlus 3 and you want to try this beta, you’ll have two different ways of doing it. The first, happening from a version of OxygenOS stable, or from a bersión Community Build by sideload by adb, without reformatting the storage of your device, and therefore without the need of losing your data.
on the other hand, if formatting both the internal storage as the data of the system, before installing the new version, the data partition of the device will be formatted to F2FS instead of ext4, with the improvement of the speed of the system that this entails.
Without further delay, let’s move on to see the most important new features coming to the OnePlus 3 thanks to the update to Android 7.0 Nougat and OxygenOS 4.0.
As you probably already know, OxygenOS is characterized by be really similar to Android pure. And although in the latest updates, OnePlus has decided to add small changes in the interface, as well as their own applications pre-installed –which you can see in the screenshots below, and you can uninstall, many thanks the distance with respect to Android stock continues to be very small.
A good test of this similarity, for example, is the notifications panel. Nothing more to deploy, we can see 5 quick settings-customizable. If we go back to slide panel, access, now, to each and every one of the quick adjustments, we’re going to be able to customize to our liking.
The notification itself, have also been adapted to follow the lines of Android Nougat. Now are not based on the cards that we found after the arrival of Material Design and Android Lollipop, but all the notifications are almost unified, and it will be we who have to access to each one of them individually, expanding them with a simple gesture with two fingers.
launcher OxygenOS is also something different with this update. Now there is the possibility to add the Google search bar permanently, but we will have to be the ones who’ll set up a widget. In addition, the panel Shelf in the last screen left, allows us to configure new components, and features a new design. In addition, it will be possible to completely change the design of the launcher, and enable a simplified mode, which removes the box of applications in the style of MIUI or EMUI.
If we go on to see the settings panel, we’re also going to find small important developments. The first, and perhaps most notable, is the possibility of change the size of the scale-screen –DPI– manual at five different levels. This is, without doubt, something to be thankful due to that the interface OxygenOS has always sin to be overly large.
it Is true that the autonomy of the OnePlus 3 is not its strongest point. But I also think that is not as bad as some users paint. Even so, these data are based on my personal experience, and I am convinced that the autonomy that will other users be completely different.
For me, no significant changes. As I say, it is possible that some users may find some improvement or worsening of the autonomy with Nougat, but I, personally, beyond a better management of the battery at rest, I do not find differences between getting to the night with a 20 or 30% of battery, because I know that the next morning I’m going to have to load the device in the same way.
Even so, considering that the OnePlus 3 probably has the fastest charging on the market, the autonomy passes to a second plane when you can load more than 60% of the battery in something less than half an hour thanks to Dash Charge.
As I said before, the performance of the device will depend on whether you are performing a wipe full disftrutar format F2FS or if you prefer to perform an installation dirty and to keep the format ext4. I was able to test the device in both cases, and, although the differences are negligible, it is true that in the case of F2FS applications take a little less in open, and the access to the memory is slightly faster than normal.
Even so, yes it is true that this new version seems to be slightly more heavy, and on occasion spot I have been able to find certain delays or lags, above all, to the time you unlock the device using the footprint, when the new system DOZE On-The-Go has come into action.
of course, there are some small details that need to be polished. The first of them, is that you will not be able to access the APN settings or the state of the device from the settings, if you have selected the topic dark for the interface of the system. Fortunately, the solution is as simple as putting the default theme, but still it is something that OnePlus must fix it with future updates.
on the other hand, and following with the problems of the interface, there are some components of the system that have not adapted well to the change of Android version. One of them is the menu share, where it will be difficult to see a way to clear the names of the contacts, since both the background, as the name of each one of the contacts, will be of white color.
finally, it is necessary to emphasize that back to Android 6.0 Marshmallow will not be a simple task if you install this version, therefore, you must think if you are worth to install a version that, while it is true it is pretty stable, it could frustrate your experience with the small details that I told you before.
by way of conclusion, we could say that Android 7.0 Nougat does not bring many novelties to the OnePlus 3. But don’t get me wrong, this is because the latest versions beta OxygenOS 3.5, already incorporating most of the innovations that exist in this new version.
on the other hand, those who come from the stable version of OxygenOS, yes you will find a higher amount of changes, features, and options; and although there are still small errors, I think it is totally recommended to take the leap and try out the latest Android first-hand.
To finish, I recommend a look at the thread of HTCMania, where it speaks of this update, and below I leave you a link to the own forum of OnePlus from where download the official 4.0 version of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3.
OnePlus Forums | OxygenOS Open Beta 8 (Nougat) OnePlus 3
Now we want to know your opinion, if you’ve tried Android 7.0 on your OnePlus 3, what did you like?