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OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

Two steps forward, one step back. That is perhaps an accurate way to describe the dance that OnePlus has been doing ever since it launched the OnePlus 3. Although it remains one of the hottest Android flagships this year, the OnePlus 3 has been beset by controversies and technical issues. And while OnePlus has been quick to respond, even patch up, the latter, its haste might be doing it harm as well. Like the latest OxygenOS 3.2.4 update that fixes an auto-reboot problem but also inadvertently breaks Android Pay in the process.

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OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

Despite advancements in mobile technologies, like processors, data storage, or displays, one component that remains practically unchanged is the battery. In the absence of better battery technologies, consumers and manufacturers are left to tricks that lessen the charging time instead. Fast charging technologies, and there are quite a number of them, have become en vogue in more recent smartphones, and one of the newest challengers is OnePlus' own DASH Charge. But just because it's new and relatively untested doesn't mean it isn't going to fly, as this video, which pits the OnePlus 3 against the Galaxy S7, tries to prove.

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‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

‘QuadRooter’ vulnerabilities put 900m Android users at risk researchers say

A research team at Check Point has detailed a new set of Android vulnerabilities that could potentially leave as many as 900 million users exposed to security threats. More specifically, the set of four vulnerabilities - dubbed "QuadRooter" by Check Point - is found within Qualcomm chips, which becomes a major problem when you realize that Qualcomm chips are used in 65% of Android devices.

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OnePlus 3 mini benchmarks claim 6GB of RAM

OnePlus 3 mini benchmarks claim 6GB of RAM

OnePlus has found that its latest device the OnePlus 3 is so popular that it has had to stop sales of the device long enough to build stock of the smartphone back up. Right on the heels of that stoppage comes a rumor that OnePlus is working on another version of the OnePlus 3 called the OnePlus 3 mini. Word of the smartphone comes from alleged leaked benchmarks for the device that turned up on GFXBench.

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OnePlus 3 rollout in Europe paused to replenish supplies

OnePlus 3 rollout in Europe paused to replenish supplies

Maybe doing away with the invite system wasn't such a good thing after all. Before launching the OnePlus 3, the company boldly proclaimed that it was confident enough in its production capabilities and logistics, enough to put an end to the much criticized invite system. As it turned out, however, it wasn't prepared for the success it is enjoying in Europe, forcing OnePlus to temporarily halt sales of its 2016 flagship in order to give it a chance to replenish its inventories.

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OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

No one really knew, or probably bothered, about the different shades of gold (not grey) until Apple decided it was time to go with a dash of pink. Since then, we've seen various permutations of Rose Gold, Pink Gold, and now, Soft Gold. This last color is what OnePlus has confirmed to be coming for the OnePlus 3, to add a somewhat luxurious spin to a wallet-friendly but premium flagship smartphone. Those who are enamored with this new tone won't have to wait long, as the OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launches tomorrow, or next week, depending on where you are.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

It seems that OnePlus' woes with the otherwise delectale OnePlus 3 are far from over. The company just recently rolled out, pulled, and then rolled out again an update that addressed many of users' complaints about the smartphone, particularly about RAM management and sRGB support. And while those seem to have been resolved as promised, it might have come at a price. Some users, whose exact numbers have not been revealed, are reporting a faster battery drain after installing the update, seemingly forcing them to trade one bug for another.

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OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

OnePlus: the unexpected rise of a new superstar

There are literally dozens of smartphone brands in the market today, even more so in China, where the mobile market thrives on cheap components and knock off designs. That is why very few smartphone makers from that region ever gain international renown. Even the likes of OPPO and Vivo, long time players in this game are overshadowed by the big league players. So when a never before heard Chinese startup named OnePlus dared to challenge the status quo, some wonder if its execs were smoking something. It turned out, it wasn't all hot air after all.

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OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus 3 OTA rollout begins anew with OxygenOS 3.2.1

OnePlus is definitely working overtime to ensure that its recently launched OnePlus 3 doesn't get drowned in controversy and bad press, despite already encountering hurdles in just a few weeks. The OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA that was supposed to address some complaints had to be abruptly pulled out due to equally serious issues. Now the company is rolling out update 3.2.1 to both continue the previously halted update as well include fixes to the broken updates, though it hasn't responded to some other concerns raised in the previous OTA.

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OnePlus X goes out of stock, goes bye-bye for good

OnePlus X goes out of stock, goes bye-bye for good

With OnePlus taking hit after hit of negative publicity with the OnePlus 3, first due to hardware issues, then with an unavoidable UK price hike, the startup is probably hunkering down on its resources and shedding excess baggage. Sadly, that means something has to give and in this case it is the OnePlus X that is apparently taking the fall. User reports are coming in saying that the mid-range smartphone is marked out of stock in almost all markets. And those who still have pending orders are being informed that those stocks will no longer be replenished and they will be given refunds instead.

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OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus may be having a bit of a hard time since it launched the OnePlus 3 last month, but it has gotten some reprieve in at least one corner. Popular benchmark maker AnTuTu has just released its chart for the Top 10 Performance Smartphones for the first half of 2016, and the OnePlus 3 is leading the pack, tough not by a wide margin. Considering the criticism the smartphone got over its less than desired RAM management, some might actually doubt those results.

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