Google updated Android’s distribution numbers after two months in April and Android 8.1 doesn’t look very good on the chart. A measly 0.5% share of the whole pie is not very encouraging but this has always been the story of Android. However, that small 0.5% will increase soon as OnePlus has issued a stable 8.1 Oreo update for OnePlus 5 and 5T.
The updates come to the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 with a bump up to Oxygen OS 5.1.0. Despite weighing 766MB, the package does come with good new features. Chiefly, the gaming mode gets optimized for power saving as well as pausing adaptive brightness. Also, the mode will prioritize internet connectivity for the active game in the foreground.
The launcher gets some neat tweaks as well. Most notably, the OnePlus 5T will get the full-screen gesture support that has already been in beta. As for the OnePlus 5, it is unlikely there will be gestures for it since it has hardware keys. There are some more minor changes to the launcher which you’ll see in the changelog below.
Apart from new features, the OTA update will also introduce the latest April security patch to both the phones. Expect the updates to hit in the coming days in a phased roll-out.
Meanwhile, OnePlus is poised to reveal the OnePlus 6 soon with features like water resistance, a notch, and a bumped up price tag.