1/26/2016

OnePlus X picks up manual camera mode in latest OxygenOS update

It’s been just over a month now since we first saw OnePlus begin making available OxygenOS 2.2.0, initially releasing the system software as an update for the OnePlus 2. There the release delivered the company’s latest bugfixes and tweaks, expanding access to removable USB storage, and correcting some issues with dual-SIM settings. It was all well and good, but what about the OnePlus 2’s little brother, the super-affordable OnePlus X? It’s taken some time to prepare 2.2.0 for the five-incher, and we’re only just now about to see it head out, as OnePlus lets us know that the incremental rollout of OxygenOS 2.2.0 for the OnePlus X starts today.

What’s new? Well, just like with the 2.2.0 update for the OnePlus 2, we’ve got plenty of bugfixes and performance optimizations, as well as the latest security updates. But beyond all that, we do see some actual new features, and the most notable ones there concern camera operation.


The big one is a new manual mode, giving users advanced access to camera settings in an effort to get their shots looking just so. There’s also a change to how the camera app saves photos, now providing the option to save pics to a microSD card, when present. We may not need that option once users are able to take advantage of Adoptable Storage with a future Marshmallow-based OxygenOS, but it’s a nice addition for now.

As usual, OnePlus is making this update available to users little by little, so it may be some time before you’re able to grab it for your phone. And while we haven’t seen it come down just yet, it’s a matter of time before availability improves and more and more users are able to get their hands on it: patience is the name of the game.