Latest Open Beta For OnePlus 3/3T Brings New Boot Animation, Patches For Blueborne Vulnerability & More

OnePlus has released a new community based build of OxygenOS under its Open Beta program. The changes for this build include an updated version of the OnePlus community app, new bootanimation and tweaks to screen calibration. Most importantly this build includes patches for the Blueborne vulnerability which allows a hacker to hijack any Bluetooth enabled device without the knowledge of the user.

Google included fixes for Blueborne in the September security patch. As you can see in the screenshot above, the security patch level is August 1. OnePlus has stated that it has "patched the Blueborne vulnerability independent of the Android security patch." Therefore if you end up running one of those applications which scan whether your device is vulnerable to Blueborne, you might get a negative result. These vulnerability scanners check for the Android security patch level. If the security patch is anything older than that of September 2017, then a negative result will be shown.

The official changelog for this Open Beta build is as follows:

  • Added "Soft" screen calibration
    • We’ve reverted the screen calibration and added the new calibration from last build as “soft.” You can enable the new calibration in the "display> screen" calibration section of settings
  • New boot animation
  • Optimized the clearing of recent apps

  • Updated Community app to V1.9.5
  • Minor bug fixes

If you are using an old Open Beta build on your OnePlus 3/3T, then you would be receiving an OTA notification of the update shortly. If you did receive the update and weren't able to install it, don't worry as OnePlus has acknowledged the issue and is now pushing out another update to fix this issue along with several app compatibility issues which were reported. 

In case you aren't using an Open Beta build and would like to try out the same, then you can refer to the instructions below.

Download Links & Flashing Instructions

If you are a OnePlus 3 user, then you can grab the Open Beta 23 build from here. If you are a OnePlus 3T user, you can grab the Open Beta 14 build from here

Till the time the download completes, you can read the instructions we have compiled for you:

For Stock Non Rooted Users With Stock Recovery

1. Download the full zip from the link given above and place it inside the Android folder under Platform Tools on your PC

2. Now turn off your phone and boot it into recovery mode. Press and hold volume down key and the power button to boot into recovery mode.

3. From the recovery mode, choose install from ADB sideload.

4. Under the ADB sideload menu, select "Install from USB/ADB Sideload" and connect your phone to the PC.

5. On your PC, open a command window. Press Shift and simultaneously right click and open command window in the Android folder.

6. In the command window execute the following code:

ADB Devices

This command is to check if the device is recognised and ADB drivers are correctly installed.

Once the device code is displayed, run the sideload command:

ADB Sideload (then the name of the zip)

For example:

adb sideload

7. Wait until the sideload is complete.

8. After the flashing is successful, go back to the main menu and reboot the phone. The first boot may take some time, so stay calm and wait for it to boot.

For rooted users with TWRP installed:

1. Download the full zip from the link given above to your phone internal memory.

2. Download SuperSU.

3. Reboot To TWRP.

4. Take an android backup of your existing ROM. This is the most important step. It is always good to be on the safer side of things.

5. Go to Wipe > Advance Wipe > Select Dalvik & Cache. Then use the swipe bar at the bottom to complete the process.

6. To install the ROM, head over to the main menu, then to the install Menu. Select the flahsable zip you had downloaded. Swipe to complete the flash.

7. Flash SuperSU to maintain root access. If you use a custom kernel and Xposed, then dirty flash them over the ROM. 

8. Reboot the system. The first boot may take some time, so stay calm and wait for it to boot up.

Feedback & Bug Reporting

You can help OnePlus to improve the OxygenOS and get a stable public build out as soon as possible by giving your feedback and reporting bugs.

Starting from this beta build, OnePlus has added another method for reporting bugs. You will now be able to find an app named 'User Feedback' in your app drawer. If you come across any bug while using a beta build, you can open the User Feedback application and select the type of issue you came across. You can then optionally elaborate on the problem you experienced and send the feedback to the OnePlus team.

Feature Image Credits: OnePlus forums

Krittin Kalra
Krittin Kalra is a 20 year old Android freak. Striving for passions, chasing down his dreams and living a life without regrets is his sole mantra. A bit moody, he also does custom ROM reviews for AndroGuider. Currently pursuing his B.Tech, he aspires to follow his heart.
Latest Open Beta For OnePlus 3/3T Brings New Boot Animation, Patches For Blueborne Vulnerability & More Latest Open Beta For OnePlus 3/3T Brings New Boot Animation, Patches For Blueborne Vulnerability & More Reviewed by Krittin Kalra on 9/24/2017 11:03:00 AM
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