A few days back OnePlus released Open Beta 25/16 for OnePlus 3 & 3T respectively. The specialty of this update is Android 8.0.0 Oreo. Yes, this Open Beta update brings Android Oreo to both devices. As I said previously that this is Beta update which means many bugs are expected, and to find out those bugs I decided to do a review of this Oreo equipped Open Beta update. I used the OnePlus 3 running on Open Beta 25 for this review as my primary device for more than 15 days. So let’s get started for this review…
(UPDATE: While testing this Open Beta 25 update, OnePlus rolled out the Open Beta 26 update with some bug fixes. So my points are now based on this new update. Below is the changelog of Open Beta 26.)
- New Features
This update brings almost all the Oreo features with it. The Picture-in-Picture Mode as of now works only for few apps like YouTube (on Chrome) and VLC Media Player. The YouTube app also supports PIP Mode but you have to be YouTube Red member. Also in YouTube on Chrome, the moving transaction of that floating window lags, but very occasionally (Solved in Open Beta 26). The notification panel is changed a bit. Icons got new look and the UI is also redesigned. Autofill feature, which manages account credentials also works well. Other features like Smart Text Selection & Dots also works perfectly. In short, except Picture-in-Picture Mode, everything works perfectly fine. To know more about Android Oreo features, Click Here.
- UI Stability & Performance:
As this is the Beta Build, some UI lag & stutter in the phone are expected. But surprisingly I didn’t noticed a single lag while using this phone. The general performance is very smooth and the app opening transaction is also faster. The RAM management is also improved on this built, as compared to previous Open Beta based on Android Nougat. I usually keep 7-8 apps in background which includes Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Chrome (2-3 tabs), Facebook Messenger, and Poweramp Music Player. And the device easily keeps all apps in background for many hours, sometimes even with more apps. In short, it’s as stable as stable built.
- Battery Life:
Now this is the most important point which almost everyone wants to know about a software update, ‘Battery Life’. Usually Beta upgrades have poor battery performance, but luckily in this Open Beta that’s not the case. I would say the battery life is very much similar to the Open Beta 24 which is based on Nougat, and Open Beta 25 which is based on Oreo. The standby time has improved, but very minor improvement. As you can see from the screenshots above, I can get 4 hours & few more minutes of screen-on-time for around 14 hours of charge. This is the moderate usage, so we can expect approx. 1 hour less SOT for heavy usage.
- Other Bugs & Issues:
As I said before that I haven’t noticed any UI lag while using the phone, it doesn’t mean that this update don’t have any bug. There are some bugs present in this update like few users are experiencing sudden stop of mobile data, NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity in Open Beta 25. But now with Open Beta 26, this bug is ‘Solved’. If we talk about notification panel, there’s a bug that each time apps like Truecaller starts working in background, a small notification pops up and we can’t remove that by swiping left or right. Also, some third-party apps having less developer support, which results in having problems while using the device occasionally.
Regarding the Truecaller bug, there’s a solution. Just force stop the app from the app settings. This is not permanent solution but as of now it’s the only option. Also do open Truecaller after force stopping, so that the app will again start working.
When we compare the number of pros with the number of cons, the pros are the lot more than cons. If I talk about the bugs present in this ROM, many of us can avoid them as they are not really making problems in daily usage. But if someone wants to move from stable OOS to this Oreo Beta, then the battery life might become an issue. As the battery life on both Open Beta 25 & 26 is not good as compared to latest stable OOS update.
So does that make this Oreo Beta update ready to use for normal users. I would say if you don’t travel much, then you can certainly update to this Oreo Beta ROM. That’s because the Dash Charge technology by OnePlus is still rocking. It got no affect with this update. But if you travel a lot for work, then I would say stick to the stable built. Overall it’s a nice update by OnePlus, as OnePlus pushed this update earlier then many Tier 1 brands. If you want to update to Open Beta 26 or 16, head over to these links: for OnePlus 3 and for OnePlus 3T
What are your thoughts on this update? If you are OnePlus 3/3T users, how’s your experience? Is it the same as mine or there’s some difference? Do let me know in the comments below. Also, stay tuned with us for more information.
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