Fully Charged: OnePlus releases OxygenOS and an LTE Surface 3 in the works

Cap off this holiday weekend with our latest quick-hit tech news roundup

OnePlus releases OxygenOS

CyanogenMod has its own distinctive aims to break Google’s grasp on the Android market, but OnePlus has opted to start moving away from using that custom ROM on its devices. After just over a year’s work, OnePlus has released the first build of its own custom Android ROM, OxygenOS, for anyone willing to flash it onto a OnePlus One.

According to its post on the release, OnePlus says, “In this environment where everyone is fighting to stand out with custom ROMs, we think it’s important to go back to basics. We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features.” It also promises speedy updates and “a better-integrated range of services.”

This initial release - which looks to be close to stock Android Lollipop in many ways - is designed to bring in input from more advanced users, which is why it must be flashed. A proper OTA update will come down the line once OnePlus is satisfied with this phase of testing.

[Source: OnePlus Blog]

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Surface 3 will have an unlocked LTE version

Just last week, Microsoft spilled the beans on the Surface 3: a full-Windows tablet that takes some cues from the Surface Pro 3, yet at a much lower price. We also heard that LTE versions were planned through certain carriers, but if you’re seeking an unlocked LTE tablet, it looks like that’s also in the cards.

Microsoft’s Surface 3 team did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit on Friday, and confirmed the move in response to a fan query: “We are doing an unlocked LTE version. Can't say where it will be available yet, but we hear you and in many markets we will have it available. Stay tuned for more!” Microsoft PR wouldn’t elaborate on its plans to VentureBeat, but it’s a promising prospect for Windows tablet fans.

[Source: VentureBeat]