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OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

Most smartphone bugs are annoyances at best. Some are security disasters waiting to happen. But very few are so dangerous and potentially life-threatening than what OnePlus 5, and some Android, owners have discovered just recently. Dialing 911 in an emergency consistently causes their phones to reboot, defeating the purpose of the emergency number. To its credit, OnePlus quickly pushed out a hotfix and now it is explaining in not so many words what happened.

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OnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T owners

OnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T owners

OnePlus seems to love, nay, thrive in controversy. From its "Never Settle" battle cry, to its exclusive invite system, to its premature retirement of last year's flagship, OnePlus seems to live out the phrase "bad publicity is still publicity". Just when you thought it was over, with a more or less "normal" launch of the OnePlus 5, here comes another one. Apparently, OnePlus has started sending OnePlus owners, most of them on the OnePlus 3 or 3T, ads and promos to upgrade to the latest model. And said owners aren't taking to kindly to the intrusion.

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OnePlus 5 8GB RAM version gets some good news

OnePlus 5 8GB RAM version gets some good news

OnePlus is a company that has historically had issues with shipping. With its earlier phones, quickly shipping out orders with consistency was a major roadblock for OnePlus, but with the OnePlus 3T, the company tried committing to immediate dispatch with its phones. OnePlus announced today that the OnePlus 5 with 8GB of RAM is now available for immediate dispatch as well, which means that it should ship out just a few hours after you order one.

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OnePlus 5 911 reboot problem addressed in new update

OnePlus 5 911 reboot problem addressed in new update

It's been a pretty whirlwind week for some Android users, especially those who own a OnePlus 5. On Tuesday, a OnePlus 5 user alerted Reddit to the fact that his phone rebooted whenever he tried to call 911. This, as you can imagine, is not a good thing, because having a phone reboot is the last thing anyone needs when they're trying to get in touch with emergency services.

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Android 911 reboot issue isn’t just a OnePlus 5 problem

Android 911 reboot issue isn’t just a OnePlus 5 problem

Yesterday, we told you about a OnePlus 5 user whose phone would reboot every time they made an emergency call. A few other OnePlus 5 users were able to replicate this issue, which made it seem like the latest phone from OnePlus shipped with a pretty major problem. Today, however, we're discovering that the problem may extend beyond the OnePlus 5 and affect other Android headsets.

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OnePlus 5 911 reboot fiasco could leave some users in danger [Update]

OnePlus 5 911 reboot fiasco could leave some users in danger [Update]

Whether it's been jelly scrolling or upside down display panels, the OnePlus 5 has had its share of negative attention, but this new issue might take the cake. Some users have discovered that trying to call emergency services causes the phone to reboot. This, as you can likely imagine, is a huge problem for anyone who may be in an actual emergency situation.

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Enable call recording on OnePlus phones [APK Download]

Enable call recording on OnePlus phones [APK Download]

There are definitely times when root is still needed in the Android world, especially for features that use hardware that is already there but have been disabled by the manufacturers for one reason or another. The fingerprint sensors in Sony Xperias come to mind, and so does call recording on recent OnePlus devices. The latter is a feature that is only enabled in some variants of the OnePlus 3T. Fortunately, you can also get the same functionality in other models as well. The only catch is that you need to be rooted.

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Here’s how to root your shiny new OnePlus 5

Here’s how to root your shiny new OnePlus 5

Rooting has become less of a necessity these days, but there will always be reasons for rooting and people who want it nonetheless. Fortunately, some OEMs, like Sony and OnePlus, make it easier to do so. Say what you want about OnePlus but it has not yet backed down on its modding-friendly stance. And now that the OnePlus 5 has had some time in the wild, it has come time to root the OnePlus 5. Fortunately for today’s generation, that has become a simpler; and less hair-raising task.

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This is how much better an 8GB OnePlus 5 is

This is how much better an 8GB  OnePlus 5 is

The OnePlus 5 has a lot going for it, if you do manage to escape or forgive some of its flaws. In terms of specs, save for the screen, it pretty much trumps most flagships this year. But then OnePlus went above and beyond the call of duty and offered one of the very few and first smartphones with a whopping 8 GB of RAM. But what does this $60 addition to your bill really give you? Someone finally made an unscientific test to find out.

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OnePlus 5 DxOMark score is unsurprisingly disappointing

OnePlus 5 DxOMark score is unsurprisingly disappointing

OnePlus started its hype engine quite late in the development stages of the OnePlus 5 but, once it has warmed up, it went into full gear. That started with, and was mostly focused on, the OnePlus 5's dual camera system. In order to give credibility to its promise, OnePlus enlisted DxOMark's help in developing its cameras. That, however, didn't help it that much in the end, though the results aren't exactly surprising.

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OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus just can't seem to catch a break. Which isn't exactly surprising considering how they themselves painted a large target on their back by boasting about being the flagship killer and never settling for anything less. Although less egregious than its "natural" jelly scrolling effect, this "non-inverted" stereo audio recording is going to throw of some users, especially those who love to capture memories on their smartphones.

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OnePlus 5 flipped screen might be the cause of jelly scrolling

OnePlus 5 flipped screen might be the cause of jelly scrolling

It turns out, OnePlus may have been telling the truth, but it's a truth that is empty and unreassuring for its customers. Responding to complaints about the jelly scrolling affecting some OnePlus 5 units, the OEM insisted that there is no manufacturing defect, no QA lapse, and no software bug. The effect is completely "natural". What OnePlus may have meant is that the effect is a natural consequence of having put the display panel upside down, which is also an intentional design, not an accident.

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