OnePlus News Daily Dose #24: Next gen OnePlus Bullets, T-Mobile OnePlus 6T update, RCS support and more!
This is a busy week so far in terms of leaks and conjectures about the upcoming phone from OnePlus. At this moment, we can almost surely tell that we are getting a regular LTE OnePlus 7 and a 5G capable OnePlus 7.5 (joke’s on me), sometimes in May.
Yesterday’s daily dose was mostly focused on those leaks; an alleged retail listing in particular. Some discrepancies were too obvious to notice, and we jotted down them as well.
So… To celebrate my fourth Twitter Anniversary as @OnLeaks and start 2019 leaks season, here comes a lil gift as your very first look at the #OnePlus7! 360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions, on behalf of my Friends over @Pricebaba -> https://t.co/gj5eHbiB25 pic.twitter.com/7oNyF9jgG0
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) March 3, 2019
You may recall that Pete Lau, i.e. the CEO of OnePlus reacted about these leaks and their authenticity.
Pete is very much active on Sina Weibo, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He loves to interact with fans via the microblogging platform.
In one of his recent posts in Weibo, Lau has talked about the removal of headphone jack and wireless audio.
Seems that he has been talking about OnePlus Bullets Wireless by “… our cloud ear …” (*cough* broken translation *cough*). The Bullets from OnePlus is indeed a fan favorite accessory for their elegant outlook and sizeable performance.
The next part of the sentence: “… it can be even more extreme …” is particularly interesting though. Is this a hint about the next generation of Bullets?
Perhaps OnePlus is planning to launch a competitor of Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds. Well, the headphone jack is not coming back – that’s for sure.
On the other hand, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has decided to open up his Twitter DM for everyone.
I've just opened up my DMs to everyone. Although I won't be able to respond to everything, I'll try my best to at least read it all. ✌️
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 8, 2019
The outcome? It’s not very hard to guess.
Whoa, this is what real time consumer feedback looks like…
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 8, 2019
Millions of users instantly started to hammer him with bug reports, feature requests, suggestions and complains. Kudos Carl for biting the bullet! ?
We have really expected to get a beta build of the Pie update for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T today, but someone else has managed to get greater priority.
It’s the T-Mobile exclusive OnePlus 6T.
In one of our previous articles, we discussed the issues of delayed updates and artificial limitations of the carrier branded variant of OnePlus 6T.
Popular community project Oxygen Updater decided to drop the support for T-Mobile OnePlus 6T for these reasons.
Anyway, the carrier branded phone is now getting a new update (A6013_34_190217) which brings native Video over LTE (ViLTE) and RCS support.
In case you’re curious, that ‘IR94’ thingy is the technical name of ViLTE.
IR.94 is the definition of an IMS profile by listing a number of Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN), Evolved Packet Core, IMS core, and UE features which are considered essential to launch interoperable IMS based conversational video services.
The stock OnePlus messaging app is updated with RCS support, but sideloading it on non-T-Mobile firmware won’t bring RCS support automagically.
Unfortunately all it does is crash. I'm guessing there's something they changed in the system that it needs. Thanks for the file though.
— Matthew (@LinkofHyrule89) March 9, 2019
The update also brings January security patches , which is rather hideous given the current date. Blame it on T-Mobile as well as the bi-monthly security update policy of OnePlus.
FYI, the official T-Mobile support page for tracking OnePlus 6T updates has not been updated yet.
Shameless advert: As a matter of fact, we actually speculated the arrival of RCS (Rich Communication Services) in OnePlus phones few days ago. Give this a read to know more.
Besides software updates, OnePlus also cares about their customers by creating hard-to-resist deals. Here’s something for you guys:
Spring sale is up
A kind reminder to all the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T users, our e-com team just introduced some great bundles and accessories deals for you (up to 15% off on OnePlus 6T accessory bundle). Check here to learn more about it.
Unfortunately the page is not up yet, so I can not provide detailed info about the offers. ?
For flashaholics, we have something for you guys as well! Popular AOSP based custom ROM Dirty Unicorns aka DU 13 (based on Android Pie) is finally here.
— Dirty Unicorns (@_DirtyUnicorns_) March 8, 2019
Dirty Unicorns is a project that started out with no name. It was a project that was first based off AOKP back in the early days of Jelly Bean. In the early days it was just a one man show on one device, the EVO 3D. Since then, many others have joined the project and it has grown exponentially.
With this official release of DU 13, OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5/5T are officially supported. OnePlus 6/6T are not part of the initial roster, but they “… will hopefully join the line up for weeklies next month”.
Allow me to wrap it up… see you next week!
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