OnePlus 3 and 3T are getting a must-have security OTA update, but be careful it might remove Google Hangouts

Chinese OEM OnePlus might have disappointed many OnePlus 2 owners when it announced the phone won’t be getting an update to Android Nougat, but the company is doing quite an impressive job when it comes to last year’s OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

The two flagship killers have been selling in Kenya for a while now and so far, they have already been updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, no software is perfect, including the stock versions from Google itself. Over the recent past, OnePlus 3 and 3T have developed some issues that mean users of the pair are not getting the best experiences they deserve.

For instance, some users have reported issues with touch latency while others have had issues with the OxygenOS App Locker. To take care of this, the company is rolling out a new update to the two phones. The update bumps the software version of the installed OxygenOS skin to 4.1.7 and with it not only comes fixes to the mentioned bugs but also installs the latest Android security patch for the month of August. This is even ahead of the OnePlus 5, which is still on last month’s security patch level.

If your calls have been accidentally routed to the speaker by third party apps at times, this update also fixes this bug. In addition, the update also takes care of sound channel errors in videos.

One other thing you need to be careful about this update is it removes Google Hangouts from your OnePlus 3 or 3T. However, this only happens if you haven’t updated the app. To keep Hangouts, all you need is to update the Google chat app to the latest version in the Play Store before installing OxygenOS 4.1.7 on your phone. The update is rolling out over the air (OTA), which means it’ll be a few more days before you probably get.

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If you don’t, go to Settings>About phone and try a manual update, which should work for all OxygenOS models.

OnePlus has previously confirmed that the new Android 8.0 Oreo will be rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T alongside the new OnePlus 5, probably before this year ends. However, the 2016 pair will not get another major OS upgrade after this, which should be called Android P, but they definitely won’t be short of custom ROMs for the next couple or more versions of Android OS.

Source: OnePlus

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