New OnePlus 5T Oreo update removes controversial Mkey app

Software update version OxygenOS 5.0.3 brings several software level changes too.

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OnePlus has finally resumed the rollout of Android Oreo-based software update for OnePlus 5T. A software update version OxygenOS 5.0.3 brings many software level changes, and most importantly, removes the controversial Mkey app.

To provide a background, a previous OxygenOS 5.0.2 for OnePlus 5T included a mysterious app called Mkey specifically for India. The app raised a lot of concerns among users and enthusiasts, alleging OnePlus of running shady practices. The company has been at the receiving end of numerous such incidents in the past like shipping a backdoor app called “Engineer Mode,” supposedly sending data to servers in China and compromising credit card data of their customers.

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OnePlus later clarified that Mkey APK is a font resource that was provided officially for local font compatibility needs. However, OnePlus had provided an option for users to uninstall the app manually. But probably due to a severe backlash, OnePlus may have decided to resume the rollout without Mkey.

The update also brings several improvements, bug fixes and a new design for quick settings. It also delivers an update to their launcher as well as apps like gallery, weather and file manager. They said they have also adjusted the volume for headsets to better align with European voltage regulations, which they acknowledged may seem a bit lower to some.

OnePlus has made it clear that the update is being rolled out in a phased manner. So in case you haven’t received the update yet, you shall receive it anyway over the next few days. If you can’t wait till then, you can go to settings and check for the update manually.

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