OnePlus changes tack on OxygenOS data slurping

OnePlus changes tack on OxygenOS data slurping

OnePlus changes tack on OxygenOS data slurping

The OnePlus 5 is a recommended device but if you don't want to spend more money for a new phone, you can still stick with your OnePlus 3 and 3T.

OnePlus users have something to be anxious for as it has been discovered that the Chinese company might be collecting user data without permission.

The company has made first Android O open beta build available to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users.

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. The company said in a statement that the new update would come with significant system enhancements, including updated security patch, smart-text selection, and quick settings design. We're talking certain updates for certain OP devices, of course, specifically Oreo goodies that are already on their way to the 3 and 3T.

Interestingly, the OnePlus 5 was released this year running Oxygen OS 4.5.10 operating system based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were released with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (upgradable to Android 7.1.1 Nougat).

Meanwhile, if you are part of the OpenBeta program you may have received an OTA update. OnePlus has listed some that you may encounter if you choose to install the beta update. While there are ought to be some issues and bugs, the company also assures that the OxygenOS Open Beta 25 can be used as a daily driver. Apart from that, the company will also stop collecting telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information. For example, unlocking the phones with your fingerprint might be slower than usual, the shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable, NFC and Bluetooth are somewhat unstable, and the performance and compatibility of third-party apps are not up to snuff.

Pei explained it collects both usage analytics and device information under two separate streams exclusively to optimize its OS and improve after-sales support for devices, rather than for monetizing through third-party data sharing.

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