On the last day of 2016, the first OnePlus 3 and 3T users started receiving the new Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update on their devices.
When this new OS came in, it carried a new OxygenOS 4.0 skin on top of it, which is of course based on the current Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Since then, OnePlus has been rolling out updates to the software, with the latest coming about a week ago, upping the skin to version OxygenOS 4.0.3.
Last time out, OnePlus 3 and 3T users got a few new features with OxygenOS 4.0.3, among them Wi-Fi Assistant where the phones seamlessly switch between cellular data and Wi-Fi to ensure you always get the best connection possible. Like many other similar updates, users of these two phones also received fixes to bugs and errors from version 4.0.2.
With OnePlus 3 and 3T users expecting to see the Chinese OEM come in with a newer version of the OxygenOS skin, probably based on the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the tech company has decided to debut a new skin dubbed HydrogenOS 3.0. If you feel like trying the other side of things, be warned that you still get the same Android 7.0 Nougat OS on board and not v7.1.1. In addition, this ROM is meant for the Chinese variants of the two phones, but the good side of the story is that it is available in English language as well.
According to some users who have already made the switch, the new Android Nougat-based HydrogenOS 3.0 brings a few changes to both OnePlus 3 and 3T. Apparently, there are those who have noted some significant battery life improvements since the update. Furthermore, there’s a new feature on board – call recording functionality – alongside expected changes to the user interface. The usual bug fixes and stability updates should also be part of the new software.
The update weighs about 1.2GB and as such, make sure you have a good internet connection before proceeding with the download process. Since the update is meant for the Chinese market, those who flash it on their OnePlus 3 or 3T might lose their Google Apps suite, including the Google Play Store. Don’t worry because you can still sideload this suite once the update is done. You’ll also come across a few Chinese apps, but there is room to delete them.
If playing around with custom ROMs is your thing, the new Nougat-based HydrogenOS 3.0 is definitely a must-try, but it gets even better given that this software has nothing to do with third-party developers. Instead, it is officially made by the company for OnePlus 3 and 3T users. The ROM can be found on the official OnePlus website or XDA developer forum.