[5/5T as well] OnePlus 6/6T latest Open Beta update brings improved screen recorder and phone apps (Download links inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi recently announced that their public beta testing initiative of MIUI would be shut down to improve the frequency of updates via stable channel. A huge number of users apparently failed to understand the true meaning of beta testing, and enrolled only to try out new features.

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Update frequency of various release channels (from OnePlus)

OnePlus, another Chinese OEM with an open beta testing infrastructure, still wants to continue the endeavour. Compared to Xiaomi, the device portfolio of OnePlus is quite small. Thus servicing them with regular beta updates shouldn’t be problematic.

As a matter of fact, Oneplus did bring a number of new features along with June security patch to OnePlus 5/5T and 6/6T in the mid-June Open Beta OTA. The phones got the taste of Digital Wellbeing (which is still absent from OnePlus 7 series), Fnatic game mode and the native screen recorder.

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The changelog did not mention the arrival of screen recorder though

The month of June is running almost towards the end, and OnePlus is rolling out yet another update via the Beta channel. Open Beta 21 for the OnePlus 6 and Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 6T comes with updated stock apps (such as Weather and Phone) with various fixes.

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OnePlus’ Manu J. has officially announced the arrival of the new OTA in their forum a few hours ago. The changelog is as follows:

System

– General bug fixes and stability improvements

Screen Recorder

– Added FPS (Frames per second) option giving you more control over recording effects

Weather

– Improved scrolling experience for switching between pages

– Weather cards for multiple cities can now be rearranged or deleted by tapping and holding on them

– Optimized user experience by allowing you to use this app while app permission to access GPS location is disabled

Phone

– Improved animation effects when switching between pages

– Improved experience with searching for contacts

– Optimized Quick Responses for declined calls and supported editing Quick Responses

That’s it – no new security patch (the exception is kinda overkill TBH), but tons of fixes and improvements related to the newly introduced Screen Recorder as well as the old school dialer (Phone) and Weather apps.

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ICYMI, the Screen Recorder and Zen Mode apps can be added manually in the notification shade (Image source: OnePlus forum)

As always, our readers can grab the full update packages from the following links – courtesy of the Oxygen Updater project:

  • Open Beta 21 for OnePlus 6: Download (MD5: facc578ecc09a50f6eb33c666d9c47be)
  • Open Beta 13 for OnePlus 6T: Download (MD5: 3f09eb2019c9695c312f0490b96a7e51)

There is no new update for the OnePlus 5/5T users, albeit they should expect one soon with a similar changelog.

Update (June 26)

OxygenOS Open Beta 35/33 is now rolling out for OnePlus 5/5T respectively, which brings Zen Mode. This is the last Open Beta for OnePlus 5 and 5T. Read on.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.