With the uneven releases of OxygenOS that have disproportionately impacted the populations using the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 2 and especially the OnePlus X, it’s important that updates not constantly introduce new problems while keeping some of the old ones.
What’s the treatment? It’s a community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3.
The company wants to draw blame away from itself and put it on the fact that its guinea pigs are just testing things out. There are higher expectations for bugs, stops, confusing bits and more when updates are delivered in this fashion — expectations higher than how they’ve been for official releases looked over by coders and engineers. Users also need to give their feedback and input throughout the process.
What are you in for if you go for the download this early? New first-party apps and UI improvements, better camera software and “more robust settings and and(sic) customization features”. What’s there to lose? Android Pay is not working, apps seem to default to English as the main language, the System UI Tuner is literally unusable and you’ll need to re-log fingerprints for the scanner.
The image is available at our second source link. It needs to ADB sideloaded, but once that’s done, you’ll get community OTA updates, but not official ones — you’ll need to flash a clean file for those. The third and fourth source links are for feedback on the UI and UX, and a bug reporting sheet, respectively.