OnePlus has finally released its Android Marshmallow build for the OnePlus X. The update comes in the form of OnePlus’ homebrew Android, OxygenOS, and you are looking for build 3.1.2 if you have the 5″ phone. The update is rolling out now but it could take several days for everyone to get it. The update includes, interestingly, the October security update (yes, we are still in September) along with Marshmallow 6.0.1. Jump on it now X owners, this is likely the last major update for the phone.
As has become the standard operating procedure for OEMs when they are about to release a new phone, OnePlus has dropped the price on both the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X on their site. The OnePlus 3, the manufactures next “flagship killer” is expected to be launched next month which means you can pick up a great deal on either of these phones from 2015. Right now the OnePlus 2 is available in Sandstone finish, has 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera for $299. The 2 has a 5.5″ display and is powered by OnePlus’ own version of Android, OxygenOS. Right now it is still based on Android Lollipop but the Marshmallow update is in final beta testing and should be released soon.
If you have been waiting for an invite to purchase the OnePlus X, your wait is over. Actually, it is over for everyone. In a post on the company’s forums, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the mid-range phone has gone invite free for good, joining the ranks of their flagship device the OnePlus 2, and doing so in record time.
We’re extremely excited to be making the OnePlus X invite-free more quickly this time around. With every device we release, we grow more mature and more adept at handling the demands and expectations of our community. We largely owe our success to your unrelenting support, so we hope that this development will make the process of purchasing your very own OnePlus X as smooth and effortless as it can possibly be.
The news is certainly welcome and eliminates one of the biggest complaints about buying a OnePlus product. As I put in post on why the OnePlus 2 had to be a success back in June 2015, the invite system had to be improved over the OnePlus One in 2014. It was but it was still not a great experience and that experience was mirrored with the OnePlus X. It’s understandable to an extent. The company is working off really thin margins and any over production of devices could have serious ramifications for the company. But it appears they have got their hands on how to deal with demands and production which means consumers benefit from just simply being able to buy the device on demand.
For you blessed few who have actually got your hands on the OnePlus X, today is a good day for you. OnePlus has announced in their user forums that a new update to OxygenOS is now available for your device. The update is build 2.1.3 and it is primarily focused on solving some SD card issues that have plagued the new, budget friendly device.
We’ve heard your feedback and have spent some time focusing on improving the user experience for SD card. We are not done yet so please expect more updates and feature additions to come in the next couple of OTAs, but here’s what’s included in this one:
- SD card related improvements including:
- UX improvements
- exFAT SD card support
- Ability to move apps to and from SD card
- Fixed reboots caused by removing SD card in an active state
This is certainly good news and users of the OnePlus X should get this OTA update quickly. It is recommended that you update to it as soon as possible.
It looks like we will see OnePlus’ latest offering, the OnePlus X, in a few weeks time in London. On the company’s twitter account, a teaser post was made with a image of a lit X as part of the post.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2015
The post seems to confirm that the OnePlus X, the smaller sibling to the OnePlus 2, will be launched worldwide on the 29th. While it is good to see OnePlus expanding their portfolio, the company is having some almighty challenges getting stock on their flagship phone. The only hope is that they have sorted that out for the OnePlus X.