Owners of the OnePlus 2 can now run a nearly ready test build of Marshmallow if they’re feeling adventurous, as OnePlus has released this build to the public. It’s only usable by flashing it, so it’s not for the every day user, and it still contains a few small bugs that need to be ironed out. It’s not the official release, but the company says it’s suitable for a “daily driver.”
Marshmallow is a great upgrade in general, with new features like Doze, Now on Tap, customizable permissions (OnePlus had this, but this time it’s Google supported), better audio control, and more. Along with that, OnePlus has made some big changes in OxygenOS 3.0.
- New OnePlus Camera UI: UI has been cleaned up: swiping up/down now switches between photo/video, whereas HD/HDR and flash settings live in the top right corner, you can now change the aspect ratio and toggle grid view without going all the way to the settings
- New wallpaper picker: Easily preview and set both home screen and lock screen wallpaper in one place.
- Shelf UX has been improved: No more edit mode, long press boards to rearrange or remove
- General system performance improvements: Benchmarked 47% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on key test scenarios
- Fingerprint performance improvement: Tested 45% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on average
- Settings changes: Old app permissions are gone, say hi to new (native Android) app permissions., alert Slider has its own entry point with more customization options, improved settings menu readability by changing the order a bit
- March security patches
But there are some problems you should be aware of.
- Your fingerprints will not be preserved after you flash the new build, so you will need to re-register your fingerprints if you have fingerprint authentication set up
- Maxxaudio tuner and presets will be removed
- Rolling back to previous OxygenOS versions will not work without wiping data
- Some soak testers have experienced wifi speed issues which we are investigating
- Some of your old apps won’t work without an upgrade to M compatible versions
- Shelf frequent apps board size might shrink if you are dirty flashing. Remove and re-add the board and it will fix itself
- Language localization is still being improved
Hit the source link if you want to download this newest build, but be sure to read all the warnings and instructions! Flashing is pretty simple, but it also has the potential for problems. If you’re not comfortable flashing this build, the official OxygenOS 3.0 update should be rolling out fairly soon once the final bugs are ironed out.