A couple of days ago, OnePlus rolled out an OTA software update to its flagship OnePlus 6 smartphone, fixing some vulnerabilities in the process. And now, the company is rolling out OxygenOS 5.1.8 to the device. It seems that there were some bugs in the software, specifically in the System and Networks section of the smartphone, which are being addressed via the new patch. The incremental update weighs 102 MB in size and it also encompasses the changes brought along by the previous OxygenOS 5.1.7 update. This is apparently because some users reported of stability issues on the OnePlus 6 after updating to OxygenOS 5.1.6 and thus the OxygenOS 5.1.7 patch was skipped for Indian users.
Coming back to the OxygenOS 5.1.8 update, it optimises the call quality on the OnePlus 6 and fixes some system stability issues as well. There was an issue with the network stability, which has been fixed with the new update, along with some general bug fixes. As the new OTA is an incremental update, it will be rolled out to a small percentage of users today, followed by a broader rollout in a couple of days.
As mentioned earlier, the new OxygenOS 5.1.8 update also brings the features and fixes, which were skipped for the OnePlus 6 in India as the OxygenOS 5.1.7 patch wasn’t rolled-out here. The new update fixes the bootloader vulnerability, which allows an intruder to boot any arbitrary modified image that bypasses bootloader protection measures. However, for exploiting this vulnerability, one requires physical access to the device. You can read more about the issue here.
OxygenOS 5.1.6 was the first major software update that was pushed to the OnePlus 6. It added three new features to the handset. As part of the update, the device was updated with portrait mode on the front facing camera, the battery percentage indicator and an auto answer feature. There were also some general bug-fixes and some additional features added to the device. You can read more about the update here.
To recap, the OnePlus 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC and runs on OxygenOS, which is based on Android Oreo 8.1. It features a 6.28-inch FHD+ Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, with a notch on top. The rear panel of the smartphone is made of glass where a vertically stacked 16MP + 20MP sensor dual camera is placed and on the front, it features a 16MP sensor. The handset comes in a 6GB/64GB model and an 8GB RAM version with 128GB and 256GB internal storage options. You can read our review of the smartphone here.