OnePlus 6 update quietly disables ‘Always-on’ display feature amid battery saving concerns

The feature was disabled after the first update started rolling out.

  • Updated: May 28, 2018 10:08 AM IST

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus recently launched its highly-anticipated flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. Soon after the OnePlus 6 went on sale, the company sent out an update that allows users to hide the infamous notch. The update also enabled super slow-mo video capture mode allowing users to record 720p videos at 480fps, and 1080p videos at 240fps. However, the update disabled one key display feature that the fans may not like.

A Reddit user discovered that the option to enable “Always-On” display was there before the update, but was disabled later. He posted on the forums saying, “before installing the update that it received out of the box I messed a bit with the settings and found out that under Display > Ambient you could check an option between “when raised” and “always on” and was ready to do a PSA on reddit about it but after I installed the update that brings the hide the notch feature and the may security patch the option for always on disappeared.”

In a statement to PunikaWeb, OnePlus said “We have an official update from our Technical Team confirming that always on display on OnePlus 6 was removed due to battery saving concern.” It is likely that enabling the feature could be causing unusual battery drain, and till the company doesn’t figure out the problem and come out with a fix, it has disabled it. There is no word on when the feature will be back. BGR India has reached out to OnePlus and we will update the copy when we have more details about the same.

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While the update disabled Always-On display, it did add one feature that enables seamless Android updates. With seamless updates, two system partitions are created to have a bootable system to access. Also known as A/B system updates, it allows the system to apply updates to B system partition in the background while the user is still using the phone. The process skips the “Android is Updating” screen after every update, which takes about 10-15 odd minutes. As the result, the smartphone boots to the update OS within minutes.

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  • Published Date: May 28, 2018 10:06 AM IST
  • Updated Date: May 28, 2018 10:08 AM IST