OnePlus has announced Community Builds, a new way for people to test upcoming software updates, and the first version will be OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. The company wants to give users a chance to try the software before anyone else and help give feedback on it in the process. With OxygenOS 3.5, OnePlus has introduced some back-end changes that it says will improve the user experience in the long run, but that comes at the cost of some other issues.

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Some of the new features include:

  • Several UI improvements
  • New and improved OnePlus apps, including clock, weather and file manager
  • Improved camera software
  • More robust settings and customization features

With it being the first build, there are also a number of issues as well. Some of them include:

  • Android Pay is not currently supported
  • Only English is currently supported in several OnePlus apps
  • Some performance issues
  • Some UI issues when using custom themes
  • System UI tuner is unstable (do not use); using the system UI tuner could cause serious issues that can only be resolved via factory reset
  • You will need to re-register your fingerprints if you have fingerprint authentication enabled

Getting started is easy. OnePlus has set up a downloads page with instructions to get started. You will need to be on the stock OxygenOS with the OnePlus recovery for this to work. If you take the plunge and load it up, be sure to let us know how it is working out for you.