[Updated] More OnePlus 6 issues: No 16:9 option, stock Messages app lacks GIF support
Update (June 07):
Google is suggesting the complainants to file a bug report with the OnePlus regarding GIF support in the Messages app.
Hi i am from the gboard team. Please file a bug with the OnePlus support @OnePlus_Support for the GIF support issue in their stock messaging app
— Angana Ghosh (@angana) June 6, 2018
Although not as big as the call dropping problem, a couple of more OnePlus 6 issues have come to light. One is related to display, while the other one is related to the stock Messages app. Let’s quickly discuss them one by one.
No GIF support in Messages app
The stock Messages app that comes with OnePlus 6 doesn’t let users send GIFs. The problem was first highlighted by a user on Twitter, and was confirmed by a Googler Angana Ghosh (Product Lead for Gboard) in the same thread.
— KEL (@pok_ri) May 30, 2018
It seems to be linked to the #Gboard app. When I try to add some gif from it. No problem clicking "+" from the sms app to add photos. Error message : cannot add this media as recipient pic.twitter.com/jPkGjHU497
— KEL (@pok_ri) May 31, 2018
— Angana Ghosh (@angana) June 1, 2018
So turns out the official SMS app in OnePlus 6 doesn’t support the Android Image Keyboard API, which is a requirement for any messaging app to send/receive GIFs and other rich content.
No option to scale to 16:9 aspect ratio
If you remember, the OnePlus 5T featured an option (Settings > Apps > Full screen apps) to choose between 18:9 and 16:9 aspect ratios (with the first one being the default). The ability to switch to 16:9 helped users in many cases, especially when dealing with apps that work best in 16:9.
Sadly, there is no such option in the OnePlus 6. And understandably, users aren’t happy about this.
I have a problem with the display of some game (dokkan battle) on the one plus 6, if it's not optimized for the 18: 9 the screen is cut and I have not found an option to force the 16: 9 or whatever. I only have that pic.twitter.com/UG2a1LMc7F
— Damien Bouvier (@dams_in_tardis) May 29, 2018
@OnePlus_Support Hi. I've been having issues with my OnePlus 6 where I have n option to set apps from 18.9 to 16.9 because some apps I have don't support 18.9 screens.
— Nicholas Rennie (@NickRen775) May 26, 2018
There are reports about this problem on official OnePlus forum as well as Reddit.
Logically speaking, the responsibility of apps displaying correctly lies with app developers. But realistically speaking, it’s not possible for all developers to update their apps quickly enough, so a OP5T-like option is necessary in OP6 as well (which features 19:9 aspect ratio, not 18:9 like 5T).
We’ll have to wait and see if and when OnePlus adds these two missing features to its newest flagship.
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