Its been a week since I got my Oneplus 5T. Its been a nice pleasure to use the phone. Apart from the screen not being flash compared to Samsung flagships everything has been rock solid and fluid. It does feel like a complete package with good hardware and software sync. I received news of the availability of a beta rom for the oneplus devices. After rooting and tinkering for years I have grown a liking for everything stock. I stopped rooting my devices, stopped putting custom roms on the phones which was what used to give me pleasure after getting a new device!
So on checking the requirements the beta rom could be basically installed from the stock recovery and no need of custom recovery like TWRP. Though having a custom recovery is also not a contraindication to flashing the ROM. I downloaded the ROM straight from my Oneplus 5T, no need to download in PC and again transfer it back to phone.
So I flashed the Beta rom straight from the stock recovery.
- no it did not erase my phone.
- all files and apps stay intact so less of an headache
- Clock in, Always On Display now has more options like Samsung devices but no customisability like selecting your own photo, etc.
- You can only display a custom message like your name in the Always on display
- Lift to attend call just like samsung had since few years now!!
- DON’T KNOW WHY EVERYONE IS COPYING SAMSUNG THESE DAYS IN ANDROID REALM. BUT AT LEAST IT IS BETTER THAN COPYING THE IPHONE X NOTCH
- Gesture Based navigation: This is what i was expecting from the developer preview of the Android P. I was shocked to see just few cosmetic changes and nothing else. It was the sole reason for not holding onto the Pixel 2 xl!!
- The gesture based navigation is truly a refreshing change. Its as fast as any other flagship, even Pixel 2 XL, its very responsive. I always hated on screen buttons of android taking away a lot of screen real estate. I stuck to Samsung for a long time avoiding other devices which lacks hardware buttons for back, home and recent apps.
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