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New OnePlus 3 and 3T beta updates improve Bluetooth, call behavior

OnePlus has issued yet another so-called "open beta" for its latest devices, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, yet again ironing out some bugs in the realm of Bluetooth while improving certain app designs and behaviors around incoming calls.

Open Beta 15 (opens in new tab) for the OnePlus 3 and OB 6 (opens in new tab) for the OnePlus 3T feature a redesigned dialer app that includes a new call-answering method — swipe down to answer and swipe up to reject. At first, this goes against what people may be used to, since swiping down on something on a touch screen is typically synonymous with a dismissal, but it should be fairly intuitive after a small adjustment period.

OnePlus has also improved the interface in the Messages and Settings apps, giving them some polish and a new collapsible menu. Finally, optimizations abound for Bluetooth and the popular Night Mode feature.

Existing users will receive an OTA update if they're on the beta track already, while new users will need to download the software and sideload it over recovery, which is a bit tricky, but easy enough when closely following the instructions (opens in new tab).

The full changelog is below:

  • We created a new answering mechanic to go along with the refreshed UI below: Swipe down to answer and swipe up to reject an incoming call
  • Refreshed UI
  • Collapsible and expandable action bar (more to come in the future)
  • Optimized high power usage notifications
  • Optimized the system which notifies you when apps are using a lot of battery
  • Bluetooth optimizations
  • Night mode optimizations
  • Bug fixes

Are you on the OnePlus 3 or 3T open beta track? Let us know in the comments below!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

4 Comments
  • Hopefully the new dialer won't ditch the dark theme. Not sure I'm liking the Switch in swipe direction to answer calls... Seems like change for the sake of change rather than an improvement.
  • The swipe direction is the opposite of Google Phone app. Why change it?
  • Apparently AptX is one of the Bluetooth enhancements, so that's exciting
  • Still doesn't fix my metadata issues. Between google and op, they keep breaking bluetooth in car bluetooth connection features.