OnePlus 7 Pro receives exclusive update that improves camera, fixes other bugs

The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched earlier this month.

ONEPLUS 7 PRO CAMERA IMPROVEMENTS: OnePlus 7 Pro has started receiving OxygenOS’ newest update that fixes some camera issues and ambient display problem. The OxygenOS 9.5.4 is exclusive to OnePlus 7 Pro, meaning other OnePlus devices would not receive this update. The update is being rolled out in stages so it might not be available on every OnePlus 7 Pro device at the moment. You may expect it in the coming weeks.

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro earlier this month. The smartphone was praised for the features it brings at a reasonable price tag, but some users complained about its camera quality. The company promised an update in about a week’s time to fix the issues.

According to the official changelog, the v9.5.4 update fixes issues like unnatural smoothness in beauty effect, lack of details, smudgy areas in telephoto images and more. The update also fixes white balance issue in pictures as well as focus issue in several scenarios.

Apart from this, the update also improves system optimization. That includes a fix for the ambient display, double tap to wake the screen, audio delay with the Bluetooth headset during gameplay and other general bug fixes.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is currently available in two variants – 6GB/128GB priced at 48,999, 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 in Mirror Grey colour. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available in an all-new Nebula Blue colour in 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 and 12GB/256GB at 57,999 from May 28, 2019 on

It features a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with a QHD+ resolution and refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is notch-less and has curved edges, much like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro. It is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with three RAM and storage configurations that max out at 12GB/256GB. It comes with a “RAM Boost” mode that allows app to load from RAM memory instead of ROM, hence reducing app load times. It is also the first smartphone to ship with UFS 3.0 memory which offers speeds up to 79% faster than the previous UFS 2.1 standard.

At the back it sports a 48MP+16MP+8MP combination. The 16MP and 18MP sensors have wide angle and telephoto lenses respectively. The front facing pop-up mechanism houses a 16MP camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.


Google Pixel 2 Receives Out-Of-Cycle OTA Update, Some Users Report

Google Pixel 2 Receives Out-Of-Cycle OTA Update, Some Users Report

Days after releasing the January Android security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices, Google has now ostensibly pushed a new OTA (over-the-air) update for its Pixel 2 devices. Some users have confirmed the rollout of the new update that brings build number OPM2.171019.016. However, Google hasn’t yet listed the same version on its factory images or OTA downloads pages.

Some Google Pixel 2 users have reported the rollout of the new Android update on Reddit, as spottedby folks at 9to5Google. “I got it too, new build number, OPM2.171019.016. Maybe bug fix, I know we need some of those,” one of the Redditors wrote in response to the first source who also provided a couple of screenshots evidently showing the latest build. The provided screenshots highlight that the new OTA update doesn’t make any changes to the Android security patch. Also, the Android version is 8.1.0 (Oreo) that was released last month.

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The list of changes that come through the fresh out-of-cycle OTA update is mysterious so far. But one of the users on Reddit points out that the update fixes Google Assistant to enable shuffling of tracks from the native music library. Contrarily, another user on the same thread claims that the update brings a battery draining issue.

If we take a look at some of the recent reports, there are issues with third-party mesh routers and the default ‘Now Playing’ song recognition feature are yet to be addressed. The new update might resolve some of them.

We’ve reached out to Google to get more clarity on the new OTA update for the Pixel 2 devices and will update this space accordingly.

Earlier this month, Google released the January Android security update as its next big OTA rollout for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, and Pixel XL among others. The update mainly resolved 38 issues through two different patches dated 2018-01-01 and 2018-01-05. Amongst other vulnerabilities, the security update also patched the vulnerability related to the media framework that could let a remote attacker execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.


Education professor receives $1.4 million grant to develop elementary school e-books

Chancellor’s Professor Carol Connor has been awarded a $1.4 million, four-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop and test a series of digital books that embed strategies to improve reading ability for students in grades 3 to 5. The project involves designing and evaluating e-books that will help children gain a deeper and more integrated understanding of what they read by improving their word knowledge, understanding and metacognitive skills. “Kindles, iBooks and tablets have strong educational potential, but very little content has been developed specifically for instructional settings,” Connor said. “Using a design-based implementation process, the e-books will offer a ‘choose-your-own’ adventure format with challenging vocabulary and comprehensive monitoring pages that will incorporate word learning, deep-level question generation and summarization across three genres: fiction, social studies and science.” The research is to be conducted in lower-income urban elementary schools in California and Arizona, and will include 15 teachers and approximately 400 students per year. Connor’s co-principal investigator is Danielle McNamara, director, science of learning and education technology lab at Arizona State University.