OnePlus has released OxygenOS 5.1 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T today, bringing Android Oreo 8.1 to the two phones as well as other improvements to the device. On the OnePlus 5T, it also brings the new full screen gesture support which is similar to the gestures found on Apple’s iPhone X. The gestures have generated a bit of controversy as they appear to almost directly mimic Apple’s gestures on their flagship phone – but the implementation in testing has been lackluster with multiple user issues.
Along with Oreo 8.1, OxygenOS 5.1 brings the April Android Security Update patches to the phone as well as a new optimizing gaming mode which pauses the adaptive brightness of the screen and has power saving features.
The launcher in this update also has some improvements like category tags in the search section of the app drawer and auto naming of folders based on categories.
For those that may be new to Android and in particular OnePlus, OxygenOS is the company’s take on Android. It has all the functionality of Oreo of course but also brings some additional functionality and features that OnePlus has built into their variant of Android.
As OnePlus always doesn’t, this update to 5.1 is slow rolling out. It will hit a select number of devices this week and will begin a broader rollout afterward assuming no show stopping bugs are uncovered. If you have a OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can check for the update in Settings.