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Owners of the OnePlus One smartphone should check their devices this week as the company has begun to roll out an over-the-air update that will bring the OS up to Android 4.4.4. KitKat, along with some other new features.

Here's the full change log for the update, which should be fully deployed by the end of this week:

  • Upgraded to Android 4.4.4
  • Updated to new versions of Google apps
  • Added Clear Image
  • Added new (colder) calibration for the screen
  • Proximity sensor prevents activation of off-screen gestures while in your pocket
  • Capacitive touch keys supported in the recovery mode
  • Increased capacitive button illumination
  • Improved overall stability
  • Fixed issues with vibration being disabled during Quiet Hours
  • Fixed lockscreen not updating the track information during music playback
  • Fixed microphone volume for all formats in the Voice Recorder app
  • Fixed "OK, Google" not triggering voice search in Google Now
  • Fixed Viber calls not working
  • Fixed battery percent not updating in custom lock screens
  • Fixed PicasaSync
  • Fixed Camera "O" gesture activating lockscreen instead of triggering camera
  • Fixed wallpapers not applying in full screen, taking the wrong size when cropping, etc

You may have spotted the "Clear Image" as an added feature. OnePlus One is so proud of it, it got its own announcement in the company's forum. It states:

"Clear Image is your camera on clarity steroids. It's your camera over 9000. Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured. 10 individual photos are stitched together for a final super high-res photo when you snap a shot. Through interlacing and compression algorithms, the camera improves clarity, reduces noise in low light, and adds detail that other cameras cannot. But this is not all. Unlike other photo stitching software, Clear Image minimizes file sizes while maximizing for quality."

What do you think of this latest update for the OnePlus One?

Source: OnePlus One forums, OnePlus One forums

 

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OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 KitKat update begins its rollout

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And people are still crying.. Dhame i diddnt buy 1 when i had the invite. But im happy with my g3 now. Still i do think the opo is an awsome phone.

Gl to opo!

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I've had the OPO for a week and still considering getting the G3 (as both siblings are rocking the G3s). I guess the hype made me expect it to be the best thing ever. OPO is a great phone but I am not getting the battery life everyone is getting but its def a lot better than my N5.

As you can see, there are a lot of broken sh** that were really critical. Good thing I got rid of it.

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Yeah right the software on every other phone is so perfect. I will take broken AOSP and stock android over laggy, buggy bloated Samsung, LG skins. HTC, Sony at least do a good job on their skins and keep it light.

I didn't encounter those issues on my Nexus 5. The low mic issue was a big problem.

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The mic issue is annoying, but livable until an update. The phone just blows my One M8 out of the water even with the very minor issues. Frankly had just as many issues with my M8.

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You missed out. The Phone is actually very stable and I haven't had one issue with it. The only one of these bugs I noticed are the gestures activating in my pocket.

All phones have broken sh** when they are released, just check all the relevant forums, otherwise there would be no need to update any phone.
I would much rather have a manufacturer repair the faults and acknowledge the issues rather than to read whiney comments when the faults remain

Outside of the specs, what's exactly so interesting about this phone again?

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Well. That's mildly encouraging. It got 1 update. And they actually fixed some stuff.

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Because you don't even have an official build yet... Expect many more to fix all the substandard stuff this one will pack

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Funny, last thing I heard from cm, they had to put builds off. Also kinda funny that this is a VERY big deal for cm, yet they make no announcement about this build

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Oh and the whole stitching photos together thing. Wasn't that on a different phone first?

OPPO find 7

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Even if it is a "repackaged" Find 7, there is nothing wrong with that. Isn't the iPhone 5c a repackaged iPhone 5s? or a Galaxy S5 sport a repackaged Galaxy S5. Honestly, both the Find 7 and the Oneplus One are great phones with a great price point. I never understand how we always pay for "subsidized" flagships that lock you into an over priced 2 year contact. Btw, instead of just listening to the media, take a look at the Find 7 and One and you will see there are many design differences between the two.

Because a different design, button layout, speaker layout, battery size, camera design and screen equals repackaged.

All the people hating on the invitation system should STFU and GTFO. Oh boo-hoo you didn't get an invite yet so you have to wait. Maybe you didn't get an invite because you just found out about the phone and registered on the forums. Everybody has a sequential registration number and that is the sequence followed by the invitation system.

"That sucks, why don't they just make it available to everyone?"
Think of it this way: You have a small company and you are producing something that is building a lot of hype and a ton of people want to buy it but you don't have enough production resources to keep up with the demand so you just control it by using an invitation system. When you have enough of your product ready to ship you release the invites so people can buy it.

Now STFU and be patient or go buy some other phone.

/rant

Lol The fanboy is strong with you. Too strong for you to see just how shitty their system has been since day 1. Poor, ignorant you.

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I got my invite after about a week and a half on the forum. At this point, invites are easy to come by as sharable invites are being given to owners of the One

It takes around 10-14 days before getting the invite. At least that's what the guys at the fellowship of the invite said. Hope it helps!

So release the phone for retail. Add some credibility to it. Not through oppomart, that is a scam as well.

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I agree. They do need to release it to the general public. I do think they didn't anticipate it to be in such high demand. I imaging they had a target number of devices to manufacture, see what the feedback is, an go from there. Now for feedback but have to go through the normal processes. Testing, etc. Unless people want them to rush them out and ruin the name with more issues like they yellow screen. I think these things happen when you rush a product out.

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To respond to our conversation below, he doesn't confirm or deny the relationship between oppo and oneplus (which regulatory documents confirm that oppo is the sole shareholder in oneplus).

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Point being... What??? Being the only shareholder and the same company are 2 different things.

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Point being this: they are part of the same group, as Audi and Lamborghini are part of the Volkswagen group. Those companies share resources, the least oppo could do is provide the resources to ensure a proper rolling of the one plus product line.

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Probably not going to happen anytime soon - OnePlus is taking the same route Google did with the Nexus and selling unlocked direct and exclusively over the internet for now. That's a huge part of what keeps the price down for the high end hardware. Hopefully, OnePlus will become successful enough to get into stores as was eventually the case with Google and the Nexus, but we're talking about a roughly 8-month old startup here. There's lots of work to do before retail (or anything else that builds "credibility") can come to fruition.

Building mindshare will take a while, and they'll need to recover from the (somewhat justified) frustration generated by the invite system.

"small company"
HAHAHA I think you mean a subsidiary of a much larger masquerading as a small startup company

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It is a subsidiary. Does boost or virgin mobile have access to Sprint's $. Can metro PCs dip into T-Mobiles revenue? They are owned by oppo but a sperate company

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When they're starting up yes. Just like when Google was completely ready to take the hit on Motorola's losses for a while while they revamped the company.

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Google??? That's like a 40 billion $ company. I didn't know every company had to follow the model you referenced. Seperate company means separate company. See the link I posted above and let one plus explain the relationship. I notice no one has commented on that link. All the trash floating around the web and forums and people seem to believe it all

He even references the fact that people think it's a scam company. Looks real to me and gsmarena.com has been around forever

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Sprint??? Tmobile??? Both are 20+ billion dollar companies, yeah they can do it. Documents available from the Shenzhen Market Supervision Administration Show that OPPO is the only shareholder of OP.
You need to reevaluate the facts about the Oppo and oneplus relationship my friend. Besides, eating the cost for a couple quarters (which oppo is completely capable of) is a much better strategy than this convoluted launch that needlessly saps hype and actively turns people off from giving it a second glance. They could have had it all ready to go and it would have been a good seller but NOoo they had to create this silly invite system that is derided the world over.
"separate companies " in name only my friend.

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Love the phone - and the interaction I've had with the OnePlus has been great. The ONLY thing that has ticked me off is I gave my last invite to someone who was begging for an invite - they "claimed" it - and then didn't purchase the phone. And I sent a reminder that it needed to be done before it expired.

But everything about the phone has been great - haven't had any hardware or software issues.

G3 is an awesome phone! I would have opted for that if I didn't already buy the One. Although how well does the 801 push 1440p? I was really attracted to the screen but many people kept saying to wait for the 805 processor which will be able to push better playback on 1440p screens.

Giggity. Been waiting on a update to fix call volume. Awesome support for this phone. I love that we don't need any carrier interference. I've only had this phone a week and love it and I'm sure I'll love it more with this update. Hope they roll out L just as smooth.

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Hurray! You've finally learned that there was such a thing as "carrier interference"! It's about time.

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Haha the OnePlus wouldn't be getting the official ROM. After all, no one really wants it. OnePlus has an agreement with Cyanogenmod right now to have LTS for the One for 2 years. Trust me, the additional features on CM11s are one of those "didn't know you needed" kind of things. Especially lock screen gestures for the torch and camera and double tap to wake.

Yup! I came from Lumia myself, so I double tap was a must for me. Between LG and OnePlus, I ended up with the right One. (if you didn't notice it was a pun)

Haha OnePlus One. I call the other one M8 or M7 depending on which variation. I can see why the confusion though.

It isn't official since it is released by Cyanogenmod and not Google (only phones with "Official" updates by Google are the Nexus line, which Google personally updates). Still I wouldn't call Cyanogenmod "unofficial". I prefer "Augmented"

Well if HTC Sense, touchwiz, etc. is your cup of tea, you can call those augmented too.

Edit: Only trying to say that official doesn't necessarily mean better or stable, rather than the update pushed by the official developer (in this case is Google since Android belongs to them, and they make the base updates which others skins or ROMs are based off of)

You have the Android update process entirely wrong. Google provides code to the OEM's, the OEM's add in their code, the carrier add in their BS, and it gets pushed to the user. Google, the OEM, and the carriers are all official developers in this instance.

Add Android doesn't "belong" to Google or anyone else. Android is available for everyone to use. There are specific requirements to use Google's apps, but that doesn't make everything about Android Google's.

Sorry, I was wrong to say Google owns Android. Google produces the source code of Android (which is open source and such can not necessarily belong to an organization). I meant to differentiate between the code release by Google (stock android) and the implementations placed by OEMs. Thus the official update for a particular phone is not the same as the official version of android, which is stock android.

And I understand the process you described, but that is only one version of Android. A full cycle is as follows: Google produces the base android (4.4.2), OEMs add their proprietary code to android, Carriers add their specific apps or other adjustments. Several months pass, Google releases the updated android (4.4.4), OEMs update their software to use 4.4.4. Months after that, Google releases L. OEMs implement L.

The origin of andoid is always Google, and OEMs only add to that souce (Thus the labeling of 'Based on Android X.X.X')

Got it. In that case, using the term "stock" or "vanilla" to describe Google's version of Android is more commonplace.

I'm semi-anxiously awaiting the update on my OPO. I must be one of the lucky few who got one and the even luckier and even more few who got phones with none of the sensationalized critical flaws that the rabid haters are quick to bring up, but I am looking forward to the cooler color calibration and the Clear Image mode.

I didn't accuse you of hating. Take a trip to the OPO forums to find the most egregious examples of the hating I referred to. Some of it bleeds over to places like AC but it's more constructive here.

True! I was so worried when receiving my One because of how blown out of proportions the "flaws" were. Btw, my One did not have the "yellow band" that people kept reffering to. Maybe it does, but if I can't find it with my face 1 inch away from the screen, it really doesn't matter

Mine had the yellow coloring, but it was very slight and went away with a little time out in the sun. The only glitch for me that has been a pain has been the mics for Google Now. But once I knew they were working on a fix, it put my mind at ease.
I wish we could force an update instead of having to wait for it.

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Yes, there were 5 people who posted before you that are eager for the update. Your count checks out.

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I was fortunate to get an invite through an absolute fluke. Let's just tell it like it is, for $349 off contract it is an excellent phone. Is the LG G3 an excellent phone, absolutely! So is the S5, The Note 3 and 3/4 others that could be added to the list. There are three things that the OnePlus does excellent...Battery Life, Processing Speed, and Optics in the camera. Once again, applied to the $349 price model for the 64 GB and that is a pretty good deal. If you are someone who enjoys paying your $100-$300 every two years to get locked into a contract, then I don't think the OnePlus would be that appealing. If you purchase your phones off contract, then comparing a $350 cost vs. $6-700 cost is a pretty significant. As some of these other phones might be better in terms of certain features/functionality, but there is no way that you can tell me that they would justify spend $3-400 more when compared to the OnePlus One.

Most of the functions lacking in the OPO that are found in the other flagships can be replicated by apps. Unless a removable battery and micro SD card are deal breakers for you that is. For me those two things are not deal breakers so the OPO is a great device. I'm happy to have it and my wife likes it more than I do.

I have a tried it on my friend's S4, it is extremely useful, but only a handful of apps actually properly support it. Considering the One has a larger screen than the S4, I can see it running really well on the One if it was every supported (Maybe check with the developers for Cyanogenmod, they always add great features to stock, so might even add it to CM11s)

I always buy my phones off contract and unlocked. This phone is just perfect (at least for me). Only thing I could complain about is that the charger is 2 amp, which is great because it charges fast, but does not work with my old 1.2 amp charges. Plugged it into an old charger last night and didn't realize it wasn't charging. I woke up the next day and the phone still had 40% and was able to make it though most of the day before completely dying around 10 or 11. Around 30 hours on battery total

I totally agree with you. I would say to the haters, accept, for whatever reason, the OPO is not going to be for everyone, but let the 99.99% of those who have one and are loving ownership enjoy there experience.

I chose the OPO for many reasons, mostly because I did not like devices like the SGS5 or the N3, because the LG G2 and LG G3 were not for me. The HTC One M8 was quite what I was looking for.

Price aside I would still probably have bought the OPO over all the above with the one serious contender for me personally

My other phone the Nexus 5 (and yes even my Nexus 5 is relegated to second choice currently especially as I can use bluetooth in my car again something I thought was due to Android 4.4, apparently not!)

There's always one of these comments haha. I'll help you out bud, there's a really nice community on the OnePlus forum. Just search up "Fellowship of the Invite"

If you're in the states, try 3 days later... USPS is terrible. It might be because I live in an apartment complex, but when they attempted to deliver, I never received a phone call and no notice was left at my door or in my mailbox. I only knew they attempted delivery when I checked the tracking number (since it was so late and I hadn't heard anything). Picked it up myself from the post office (which is actually much easier than scheduling a redeliver)

My device works fine. As does everyone else who owns one that I've talked to. Not sure what you're definition of "bricked" is.

If only HTC would've implemented photo stitching with its 4UP camera it would've been the go to device for me.

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HUH? Still nothing on the Official CM page for this crap.

So this just another broken "nightly" with extra broken thrown in. Broken business model, broken promises, broken______ insert your own 1- descriptive word, it will fit.

It's JUST getting pushed out. Give the CM guys time to update their page.

And it isn't a nightly, it's a stable OTA. And again, why comment on a phone you don't have?

They have NEVER had a stable or release candidate up.

It is an OTA, I wouldn't say it is stable.

I comment so that hopefully someone else will read this and think three times before buying this scam of a phone from a total scam of a company

This isn't the traditional CM type release where a phone goes through nightlies, milestones,etc. And even for those, they aren't donig RC and stable versions anymore.

And it isn't a scam of a phone. Ask anyone who owns one (there are plenty) how they like their devices. You won't find one that says it's a scam.

You don't get updates for the One on the CM page. It is an OTA update, you will get a notification saying there's an update available. Btw the One runes CM11s not CM11, so support for it is separate from regular development

The nightlies are in there...and that is where you are going to have to go to restore your device...

That's not for the custom CM11S for the One, that is if you want to go with the more mainstream CM11 that other devices also recieve. Again, don't comment on what you don't know.

I just ran into this problem after doing some hackery, and I got images from CM's site. I can post a link after I get home

Edit: You also should (keyword is should, I haven't tried it myself) be able to flash the .zip of this update. The .zip is available on Android Police.

Yeah but for now, running pretty stable. I don't often opt for nightly builds, but thanks! I'll check them out. Btw the OTAs are the stable builds since they are released to the genera public. Not to say that "stable" builds are always perfectly stable, as with all other phones. Cyanogenmod support does speed up the process though

Go look under the official (and release candidates page) on the CM website, what do you see? You will see nothing. If you go under nightlies, you will find this build...

And? What's your point? This isn't Cyanogens update to announce. This is a custom build specifically for OnePlus.

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They are a very small company that needs all the investors/customers that they can get. It is free advertising.

Qualcomm advertises and no one buys their chips out side of OEMs (well 99.95% dont)

Yeah, let's see. How can I buy every other phone I want? Oh yeah, I give them money and they give me a phone. I don't have to comment on "some post", cross my fingers, pray to deities, and hope I am bestowed a phone from on high. Thanks, but no thanks.

Let's see what happens to the first person to crack their screen and see how quickly that gets repaired.

Since he had "friends" get repairs already, the build quality must not be that great. I mean after all there might be 12 of these that actually are out there. We know he is a popular guy, so that means at least 8 of them had to go back...

How do you buy every other phone? You used your hard earned money to pay for one overpriced. Hours of work can't really compare to the minutes a day spent on commenting...

Just bought 2 of these on Amazon for my kids. Coming directly from China and paid a small premium on the normal price (just the 16Gb ones but that should be fine for them and waiting for invites with limited supply here in the UK is a mugs game). Cool to see they are updating the software in a timely manner. My wife's Oppo Find 7a is an excellent phone too. All in all, impressive phones from an impressive manufacturer.

Would love to get this phone. But considering I'm not going to jump through hoops to get this phone I guess I have a long wait ahead of me for an invite.

I didn't jump any hoops. A fellow gave me an invite on the forums though a PM (although he used a new account to protect the privacy of his actual account so I wasn't able to properly thank him/her). Just sign up on the forums and make a few friends. The community there is really nice and you will surely get an invite within a couple days. I really like the forums and check it quite often, even after already receiving my One

The bump from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 haha. I don't really care so much for the numbers, and most of those bugs I didn't even know about. I'm mainly looking forward to the brighter capacitive buttons, which after reading this post, I think should be brighter haha

Oddly, the brighter hardware buttons is one of the fixes I was happiest to see in the list. I use them and don't like how dim they are currently.

If there was a brightness control for the buttons it would be even better. Right now is fine for in doors, but I can't see the buttons at all in sunlight

That is more than likely hardware. They may have under cut the bulb strength.

I doubt that software can fix it much without seriously undercutting the longevity of the lights themselves.

Google "OnePlus yellow screen" and avoid this phone. I had one with the problem and I couldn't unsee it. Traded it for a G3.

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I sat outside in the sun with mine for an hour. Got a tan, and when I was done, no more yellow tint at the bottom of the screen.

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See my comment above. I think the feedback and order demand was so high they rushed units out, and had that yellow band issue (which almost killed them dead in the water) so they decided to take a more thorough approach with future shipments. I could be wrong but I don't think the yellow band will continue to be an issue and I also think that's why they missed the June target for general release. It's a start up. I don't think I could work in the cellular industry for say, Samsung, for 20 years, decide to build my own phone and start a company and have it go without hiccups. People will say it's not a start up, call it a subsidiary, a fluke, scam, whatever, but they didn't exist 2 years ago as OnePlus. It's a new company

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Such a nice looking phone. If there were actually some way to get one I might consider it, but until then my Moto X does a great job, and it got 4.4.4 a few weeks ago.

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Loving my One Plus One out of the box, the camera update excites me because I am a rubbish photographer and need all the help I can get.

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I have the phone and its worth the invite system I've played with the s5 g3 had the note 3 and I will say without a doubt that this is the best least compromised phone of the bunch. It may not have all the software gimmicks as the others. Or the over the top resolution of the g3. But it is a solid phone with a great user experience and good battery life. it's great especially given the price. Am I completely sold on the invite system no but oh well you take the good with the bad and you only have to deal with the invite system once.

No one finds is all that odd that CyanogenMOD is saying nothing?

No one finds it odd that nowhere in the announcement does it say OFFICIAL CM build?

Pretty sure the One+ and any Oppo get exclusive CM versions. These are considered M versions of CM that are pushed... Definitely not nightlies, and probably get priority over the CM distribution as that community is NOT who pays the bills these days for the CM team.

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Anyway I can get camera update without flashing cm 11s? On Pacman rom right now

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An extremely great update... It would be so much better when I'm able to buy one!

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Nice. I love this phone but i would've bought the m8 if it was cheaper.

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Just cheked no update yet , although I havnt seen any bugs except for the keyboard delay. The one+ has been good so far (3weeks)

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Think what your want about invitations they are going to lose allot of sales. Note 4 Moto x update pls new iPhone next month puerile are just going to give up waiting for invitation or general sales and just choose a different phone. Stupid business practice oneplus

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Good for the 100 owners worldwide that actually have the phone.

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