OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T have finally received the much-anticipated Face Unlock feature that had been teased since late December. The advanced feature comes with the latest OxygenOS Open Beta builds that also add support for Airtel VoLTE in India. Alongside the new releases for the 2016 models, OnePlus has released new Open Beta versions for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. All the new OxygenOS Open Beta versions include Launcher version 2.3.
OnePlus has developed OxygenOS Open Beta 30 for the OnePlus 3 and OxygenOS Open Beta 21 for the OnePlus 3T. Both the new versions include the Face Unlock feature that was initially designed for the OnePlus 5T and later released for OnePlus 5 via a recent Open Beta build. As its name suggests, the Face Unlock feature allows users to unlock the smartphone by using their faces. This comes as an addition to the original fingerprint unlocking method that uses a built-in sensor to match fingerprint patterns of users. Notably, OnePlus’ Face Unlock feature is designed to offer an experience similar to Apple’s Face ID that has so far been offered on the iPhone X. However, the latter utilises the proprietary TrueDepth camera hardware, while the former is just a software tweak and recognises faces using the front-facing camera sensor of the supported devices.
OnePlus’ updated Launcher version 2.3 adds new drawer categories, which can be accessed while using search icon in the drawer. The auto folder tagging feature automatically names new folders when the user adds apps that are similar. It also brings dynamic icon for Clock, and adds new tips for Launcher usage. The Blue notification dots will now be removed automatically after 15 days of installation of a new app.