The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are now receiving the latest version of OxygenOS Open Beta, which will be available to users via an OTA update if you are already on the Open Beta program for either of the phones. While the OnePlus 5T receives OxygenOS Open Beta 12, the slightly older OnePlus 5 is getting OxygenOS Open Beta 14. The update brings changes to the camera, and seeks to take fix a problem involving a reported ‘oil painting’ effect on photos taken with either of the 2017 devices.
The change log for the update mentions only two changes – improved photo clarity and optimizations to reduce oil painting effect, and support for Google Lens mode. The update comes after criticism from some users that the camera of the OnePlus 5 and 5T takes pictures that have an effect that is similar to oil paintings. This can be seen on zooming into any image taken with the phones. The update claims to fix the issue.
Google Lens mode has also been added, which allows you to access Google Lens directly through the camera app. OnePlus devices previously allowed you to do a Google Lens scan on images in the Google Photos app, or using the Google Assistant tool to open the camera. However, with this update, Google Lens is integrated into the phone’s camera app, letting you select it as a camera mode. It can be accessed by pulling up from within the stock camera app.
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No other changes are being reported, and this is a relatively minor update as such. The OnePlus 5 and 5T were launched in 2017, while the OnePlus 6 was launched in May this year. The Open Beta program is currently active for some older OnePlus phones, while the OnePlus 6 can be brought onto the highly-unstable Android P Beta program. Open Beta software is a bit less stable than regular software, but receives more frequent updates and experimental features as well.