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OnePlus 6 Android Pie Open Beta Registrations Live; Here’s How To Get In

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OnePlus 6 users wanting to check out Android Pie are in luck, as the open beta for the device is now public. This update brings many tweaks and improvements to the operating system, which includes the likes of an improved UI, Google’s gesture navigation system, and much more.

The following are the complete patch notes for the Android 9.0 Pie open beta:

Update system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
Brand new UI for Android P
New Android P gesture navigation
Other new features and system improvements

Integrated OnePlus customization features
Supported accent color customization
New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
New Gaming Mode 3.0
Added text notification mode
Added notification for 3rd party calls

For those who want to get in on the fun, we’ll tell you exactly how to do it. You first need to download the ROM upgrade package via this link. Then you’ll want to copy the ROM upgrade package to the phone’s storage. Next, navigate to the system updates section of the settings menu. Select the local upgrade option and then the package that you just copied to the phone. Select the “immediately upgrade” option. Finally, select reboot system and the phone should boot back up with the Android Pie OS.

As always, seeing as this is a beta for Android Pie there are some issues you’ll need to look out for. Things like freezing and lag are very common, and certain things like Google Pay don’t work at all. Still, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the new OS if you’re willing to deal with the bumps in the road.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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