Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

OnePlus scaling down data collection after user outcry

OnePlus scaling down data collection after user outcry

However, there is some good news for the device owners. Make sure to check out our Android Oreo review to see what is new with the update, and while things might not look very different when compared to Nougat, there are more than enough tweaks and changes that help move the needle. OnePlus is still working on the Android Oreo update for OnePlus 5.

If you are now running an OpenBeta build on one of these devices, then you have probably already received an OTA package with the builds. Apart from that, once you have installed the beta version, you won't be receiving the official OTA updates. Keep in mind that, according to OnePlus, Android Oreo will be the last major Android update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

As a general overview, Android Oreo introduces visually-different Quick Settings and Settings areas, Picture in Picture mode, and auto-fill, along with many more features and enhancements. By enrolling on the Open Beta Program, OnePlus users won't receive regular, official over-the-air updates from OnePlus. While nearly all tech manufacturers and brands today collect user data in some form or another, the difference with OnePlus and its OxygenOS operating system is that data such as the phone number, phone's IMEI, serial number, cellular number, MAC address, mobile network name, IMSI prefix, and wireless network ESSID and BSSID to user data like reboot, charging, screen timestamps as well as application timestamps are also collected.

The lowdown on this update include slower fingerprint actions, unavailable shortcut to access Google Photos, and a few issues on Bluetooth and NFC stability.

OnePlus has made individual Special Build downloads available for both the 3 and 3T and a full set of instructions can be found on the OnePlus website. OnePlus further mentions, "Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized".

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