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  1. swampbaby's Avatar
    Does anyone have any experience with OxygenOS and OnePlus for that matter? I currently have a Pixel 3XL and with stories all over that it isn't performing to Google's expectations that Google may kill it sooner rather than later. With the guy behind the Pixel camera development recently leaving Google and going to Adobe makes me wonder about the future of Pixel photography. For me I take A LOT of photos so having a good camera is important to me, also getting the latest version of Android is important as well. I love the displays on Samsung but their update track record has been spotty at best, not to mention the bloatware OMFG!!!! So we've been watching YouTube videos with OxygenOS and as a Pixel user....I have to say I like the way it looks.

    Does anyone have any insight into the software (latest version of Android) and the camera? TIA
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 06:10 AM
  2. BergerKing's Avatar
    Let's please keep the discussion in one thread, if you posted in the wrong place, report your own thread and staff will move it to the appropriate subforum for you.
    07-22-2020 06:16 AM
  3. Javier P's Avatar
    OOS is very close to stock Android with only a few addition that are very good. Performance is excellent and the phone runs smooth and fluid, you'd like OOS.

    Depending on the model you can get very good pictures, not so good as with the Pixel though. There are ports of the Gcam that can be used in all OP models and they improve quality in many situation. For example, my main camera in the OnePlus 7 is a Gcam port instead of the stock app.

    Updates come every 1-2 months in the stable path and every month with Open Betas. It's very easy to install updates manually and switch between beta and stable ROMs. The promise from OP is to give 2 years of version updates and 3 years of security patches.

    There are many Devs creating ports, custom ROMs and whatnot for these phones, for rooted and non rooted users. They are great phones with a big and very active community. I really like mine.
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 06:45 AM
  4. swampbaby's Avatar
    I've never gotten into the whole custom ROM thing. The closest to tinkereing around I do is installing APKs from APK Mirror.
    07-22-2020 07:28 AM
  5. Javier P's Avatar
    I've never gotten into the whole custom ROM thing. The closest to tinkereing around I do is installing APKs from APK Mirror.
    Same here. I only sideload apks from reputable sources, like the Gcam ports from Urnyx or Arnova.

    I only mentioned that as a plus for OP devices that can be very easily rooted, unlocked or tinkered at every level.
    07-22-2020 08:57 AM
  6. swampbaby's Avatar
    When the latest version of Android comes out do they get it that day or is it a waiting game like Samsung?
    07-22-2020 09:43 AM
  7. Javier P's Avatar
    It usually comes very soon, specially for the latest models. The OP 8 series, for example, is already running the Beta 2 for Android 11. For the OP 7 series we got Android 10 very quickly after it was released.
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 10:16 AM
  8. Javier P's Avatar
    I confirmed the dates. OP 7 series series got the stable Android 10 version September 19th, Pixel got the same version the 4th, just a couple of weeks.
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 10:20 AM
  9. swampbaby's Avatar
    You mentioned installing the APK for the Gcam.... does installing Google's Camera on the phone actually make THAT much of any noticeable difference in picture outcome? Is the final outcome of the photos dependant on the actual camera on the physical device itself?
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 10:45 AM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    You mentioned installing the APK for the Gcam.... does installing Google's Camera on the phone actually make THAT much of any noticeable difference in picture outcome? Is the final outcome of the photos dependant on the actual camera on the physical device itself?
    Yes definitely
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 11:35 AM
  11. Javier P's Avatar
    You mentioned installing the APK for the Gcam.... does installing Google's Camera on the phone actually make THAT much of any noticeable difference in picture outcome? Is the final outcome of the photos dependant on the actual camera on the physical device itself?
    Yes, it does a difference for some situations, like portrait mode for example. Software is a huge part of how good a camera is and Google is probably the best in this part.
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 11:55 AM
  12. Morty2264's Avatar
    I've heard that Oxygen OS is very fluid, and wonderful to use. Feel free to check out the "Photos Taken With the OnePlus 8" forum - I've seen some beautiful pictures taken with the OnePlus 8. I think it'd be a great Pixel alternative.

    Plus, OP seems to get updates almost as quickly as the Pixel (from what I've heard), so there is another plus in the OnePlus column!

    Good luck, and let us know what you decide!
    johnfrancis71 likes this.
    07-22-2020 03:18 PM
  13. Ry's Avatar
    Does anyone have any experience with OxygenOS and OnePlus for that matter? I currently have a Pixel 3XL and with stories all over that it isn't performing to Google's expectations that Google may kill it sooner rather than later. With the guy behind the Pixel camera development recently leaving Google and going to Adobe makes me wonder about the future of Pixel photography. For me I take A LOT of photos so having a good camera is important to me, also getting the latest version of Android is important as well. I love the displays on Samsung but their update track record has been spotty at best, not to mention the bloatware OMFG!!!! So we've been watching YouTube videos with OxygenOS and as a Pixel user....I have to say I like the way it looks.

    Does anyone have any insight into the software (latest version of Android) and the camera? TIA
    Google will owe updates even if the Pixel phone hardware line is killed. Also - your Pixel 3XL won't stop working if the Pixel line is killed.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    07-22-2020 06:28 PM
  14. the_boon's Avatar
    Oxygen OS is even better than stock Android imo, but the hardware it runs on has gotten very generic and unergonomic.
    07-22-2020 07:14 PM
  15. swampbaby's Avatar
    Soooo like Pixel lol (why does this forum flag texts with emojis as spam? I tried putting the laughing with years and it got flagged as spam TF?
    07-23-2020 09:37 AM
  16. Theot's Avatar
    I've had all three in the last two years, OnePlus, Pixels and Samsung. OnePlus and Oxygen OS is by far my favorite and the only one that I don't immediately replace the launcher. Pixel is ok but I find the pixel launcher lacking a couple key features that I use and Samsung is ok, way better than it used to be but definitely running third place.
    johnfrancis71 and Morty2264 like this.
    07-23-2020 07:30 PM
  17. Mike Dee's Avatar
    When the latest version of Android comes out do they get it that day or is it a waiting game like Samsung?
    I don't know which carrier your on but Samsung has upped their game for the most part when it comes to updates, especially on unlocked models.
    07-23-2020 08:29 PM
  18. the_boon's Avatar
    I've had all three in the last two years, OnePlus, Pixels and Samsung. OnePlus and Oxygen OS is by far my favorite and the only one that I don't immediately replace the launcher. Pixel is ok but I find the pixel launcher lacking a couple key features that I use and Samsung is ok, way better than it used to be but definitely running third place.
    I immediately replaced the launcher when I had my OnePlus with Nova because the OnePlus launcher doesn't (or didn't at the time) have the option to resize icons, they were too damn small.
    07-23-2020 09:16 PM
  19. Javier P's Avatar
    I immediately replaced the launcher when I had my OnePlus with Nova because the OnePlus launcher doesn't (or didn't at the time) have the option to resize icons, they were too damn small.
    The stock launcher has included that option and a couple more in the latest version (beta).

    https://www.xda-developers.com/onepl...e-screen-grid/

    I still prefer Nova, though.
    07-23-2020 09:29 PM
  20. crisdane_2005's Avatar
    I don't think Oxygen OS is any way near to Pixel. The only OEM that can match Pixel in user interface is Motorola. Motorola's take on UI is definitely way better than oxygen OS. The strength of One plus is purely hardware and that's the reason they are shinging in this segment.
    Ry likes this.
    07-24-2020 02:06 AM
  21. johnfrancis71's Avatar
    I've recently bought the one plus 8. Prior to this I had the Motorola g6 plus. I love Motorola, mainly due to the price and their version of Android. However, I have found the one plus far superior. I was expecting something similar to Samsung, but thankfully I was totally wrong. I have to give it to one plus, their version of Android is by far the best i've experienced yet. I won't be going back to Samsung or Motorola or even Google.
    Javier P likes this.
    07-24-2020 05:42 AM
  22. Javier P's Avatar
    I don't think Oxygen OS is any way near to Pixel. The only OEM that can match Pixel in user interface is Motorola. Motorola's take on UI is definitely way better than oxygen OS. The strength of One plus is purely hardware and that's the reason they are shinging in this segment.
    Welcome to the forums. I guess that's personal. All my phones before I bought the OP 7 have been Moto models, from the original Moto G to the G7+, which got Android 10 in January. I still kind of miss Moto Display but for the rest I find OOS a better Android version.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    07-24-2020 07:46 AM
  23. Morty2264's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. I guess that's personal. All my phones before I bought the OP 7 have been Moto models, from the original Moto G to the G7+, which got Android 10 in January. I still kind of miss Moto Display but for the rest I find OOS a better Android version.
    I'd second that. Moto's Display is top-notch. One of the main reasons why I'd wanted to try a Moto phone in the first place was for the display!
    Ry likes this.
    07-24-2020 09:23 AM
  24. swampbaby's Avatar
    I've had all three in the last two years, OnePlus, Pixels and Samsung. OnePlus and Oxygen OS is by far my favorite and the only one that I don't immediately replace the launcher. Pixel is ok but I find the pixel launcher lacking a couple key features that I use and Samsung is ok, way better than it used to be but definitely running third place.
    What do you find Pixel launcher tp be lacking in?

    I don't know which carrier your on but Samsung has upped their game for the most part when it comes to updates, especially on unlocked models.
    Verizon
    07-24-2020 11:10 AM
  25. eric002's Avatar
    Yes, it does a difference for some situations, like portrait mode for example. Software is a huge part of how good a camera is and Google is probably the best in this part.
    Yes definitely
    I completely agree with the both of you! I used to have a Samsung Galaxy s8 from Verizon. I was so used to the way that the Galaxy s8 took pictures that I thought was the best in the industry. I decided one day the side load the Google camera apk file. Turn HDR mode on, and man was I blown away. The Google camera application is far superior in my opinion! Here's why the Google camera application is so good... I'm no advance photographer at all. I'm in advanced Android user but as far as proof photographer I am not lol... With HDR enhanced mode turn on, any user can take a picture And be confident and they'll get a great amazing sharp and clear picture! So yes, if you have a OnePlus phone, download the Google camera apk file, have fun! I just love pixel software over OnePlus software, plus you can forget instantaneous software updates for at least a guaranteed 3 years after you purchase your phone. And even in the beta program, the test beta software works a little bit more smoothly and reliably versus OnePlus phones. At least, that's what I've heard on the forums. I will say that as far as the Android 11 beta program is concerned, I give OnePlus a lot of credit for opening their phones up to the beta program! Before I bought my Pixel 3 XL, I did heavily consider the OnePlus 6T! One plus is oxygen OS UI I've heard through the forms and through all the YouTubers I follow that their skin is not heavy at all it's highly customizable smooth and fluid. I just love pixel software!
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    07-24-2020 12:21 PM
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