OnePlus releases Marshmallow-based OxygenOS 3.0 Beta for OnePlus 2

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OnePlus has released a preview build of OxygenOS 3.0, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Owners of the OnePlus 2 can now download and flash the release, and OnePlus is asking those that do to help it test certain aspects of the software, including networking, camera improvements, performance, and battery life.

“What’s available today is a daily-driver-material community release of 3.0. If you’re the type who won’t mind rolling up your sleeves a bit to get your Marshmallow on, this one’s for you. We’d like to ask for a little help with testing some aspects of the software that require a larger user base around the world.”

What’s new in this build of OxygenOS 3.0:

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow upgrade
  • New OnePlus Camera UI
  • UI has been cleaned up: swiping up/down now switches between photo/video, whereas HD/HDR and flash settings live in the top right corner
  • You can now change the aspect ratio and toggle grid view without going all the way to the settings
  • New wallpaper picker
  • Easily preview and set both home screen and lock screen wallpaper in one place.
  • Shelf UX has been improved
  • No more edit mode, long press boards to rearrange or remove
  • General system performance improvements
  • Benchmarked 47% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on key test scenarios
  • Fingerprint performance improvement
  • Tested 45% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on average
  • Settings changes
  • Old app permissions are gone, say hi to new (native Android) app permissions.
  • Alert Slider has its own entry point with more customization options
  • Improved settings menu readability by changing the order a bit
  • March security patches

For those that choose to flash this new build, there are some issues to note.

  • Your fingerprints will not be preserved after you flash the new build, so you will need to re-register your fingerprints if you have fingerprint authentication set up
  • Maxxaudio tuner and presets will be removed
  • Rolling back to previous OxygenOS versions will not work without wiping data
  • Some soak testers have experienced wifi speed issues which we are investigating
  • Some of your old apps won’t work without an upgrade to M compatible versions
  • Shelf frequent apps board size might shrink if you are dirty flashing. Remove and re-add the board and it will fix itself
  • Language localization is still being improved

Once you flash this build, you will be able to receive over-the-air updates, so you’ll get all future releases of OxygenOS 3.0.

OnePlus points out that only support dirty flashing of this build using Oxygen recovery is supported. Dirty flashing (flashing the update without wiping data or factory resetting first) requires OxygenOS 2.2.0 or higher.

Users who are keen to try out the build can get detailed flashing information and download the OS from
here.

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