OnePlus is rolling out its latest software update for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T users. Similar to other update announcements, the company took to its official OnePlus forums to announce the rollout of this new update. According to a new post by OnePlus staff member Manu J who is responsible for the OnePlus Beta Program and Developer Relations, the latest update brings August 2018 Android security patch to the devices. Another significant change that seems to be present in the update is a new option that allows users to set “Confirm PIN without tapping the tick mark button” when they are on the unlock screen of the phone.
The addition of the PIN confirmation option with the new OxygenOS 5.1.5 is not that significant, but it does reduce one step making the OnePlus 5T and 5 screen unlocks faster every time a user wants to unlock the device. If you are a OnePlus 5 or 5T user, and want to enable this new feature then you can head to the “PIN” menu that is located in the “Screen lock” submenu inside the “Security & lock screen” menu in the “Settings” app.
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If you think that this is all then you are mistaken as a report by AndroidPolice claims that this new update also brings Project Treble support to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. As pointed by the report, this is a significant update for OnePlus 5 and 5T owners because this makes it easier for OnePlus to make future updates faster. The reason for that is because Project Treble support means that OnePlus has separated the files required to support the hardware of OnePlus 5 and 5T from files that are related to the core Android operating system.
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Project Treble also makes it much easier for independent developers to make custom ROMs. If you are a OnePlus 5 and 5T user and can’t see the Over The Air (OTA) update then you should worry not as the update is rolling out in a staged manner. This means that it will take some time for the update to appear on your device.
The reason for a staged rollout is to ensure that OnePlus has not missed any critical bug in the system that could cripple the phone. The staged rollout allows OnePlus keep an eye on any such bugs, and stop the rollout without affecting all devices in the market.