Today we’re going to be talking about the one plus a pro, and a few things that I think that you should try you get your phone. which is to visit the one plus lab section the settings to find some really cool beta features that you can try out right now, in order to get to the one plus lab section, you’re gonna go into the settings, and then scroll all the way down until you see utilities tab on utilities. And at the very bottom, you have one plus laboratory, go and tap on that.
And these are the different features that you have access to. These include DC dimming, which, if you are a tech reviewer, or someone that makes tech videos, you appreciate a lot of the times when you’re trying to record a phone screen, you’ll get like a weird flicker. However, DC dimming, all you have to do is tap on it and then tap on Activate, it should technically cut back on that flicker. So you can record when the screen is dimmed a lot lower than it be before. If we back out of DC dimming and then go under motion , this is going to be similar to the effect that you can access which we’ll cover later in the display section.
However, this one’s post be taken out a little bit further, being able to bump up your graphics to 120 frames per second, which is gonna be great for gaming or viewing content shot in 60 frames per second, or even 120 frames per second. But I really haven’t noticed the difference, So this is supposed to bring dark mode or dark tone mapping to apps that don’t fully support it. However, if it and then go under an app that doesn’t support it, such Facebook, you can see nothing has changed.
If I go into another one such send anywhere. So we’ll open send anywhere, again, you can see nothing has changed. But then . And it still says that apps have to support, I don’t really understand it, but I’m gonna keep tinkering with it. And the reason why I’m bringing it to your attention and showing you these features is so that way you could do the same thing, play with them. And then you can give one plus feedback on these beta features, it’s really nice to be a part of the one plus community. how it works is if you’re on your lock screen in your fingerprint scanner is enabled, hold on the fingerprint scanner.
And then you swipe your finger, you can do different actions. But you can do a at a notes or do a voice search, there’s a lot more that you can do. These are just some of the ones that come presets, let me show you how to access quick launch and how you can set it up yourself to access quick launch, you’re going to dive into your settings, and then we’re going to do a search for quick launch. It’s the easiest way to find of the settings that I go over in this video.
So just keep that in mind. So right here at the top, it says quick launch, tap on that. And then tap on quick launch. Again, you can see I already have it turned on. But by default, I believe it’s turned off. it’s going to shortcut settings. And here’s where you can apply different shortcuts. So let’s tap on Add shortcuts. And then this is a long list of things that you can do. So I highly suggest that you check it out.
And if you don’t like of the preset shortcuts, you can always add an app yourself. So that way, if I wanted to maybe do Lightroom, I could do that. Now my backup, go to the lock screen, press and hold on the fingerprint scanner, and then swipe over, I can launch Lightroom I would keep the list very minimal for the most part, though, because it’s kind of difficult to swipe your finger over and over without it lifting the screen. So yes, I think it’s a great way of accessing things that you need access to on the fly.
Next up is something called parallel apps. So if I open my Twitter app, here, you can see I am completely logged in, I’m good to go. However, you are able to manage both of those without having to download a third party app using parallel apps. So if I go back into my settings, and then go to the top here and search for parallel apps, see right here, tap on it. And then tap on parallel apps again, enable the one that you want.
So if you have two Twitter accounts enable have two Facebook accounts enabled, you download more social media apps, long they are supported. And if I go back into my app drawer here, you can see it created a separate app like a of the original app. However, if I tap on that, you can see I am not logged in. And if I go back and tap on my original Twitter app, you can see I’m still logged in. And if you’re wondering how Snapchat works, because I know that’s going to be a question down in the comment section.
The Google Play Store and Download Snapchat. And it’s downloaded, we’ll go ahead and take a look at or not it is supported in Case you have to Snapchat accounts. So Snapchat has downloaded, we’ll go ahead and open it up, you can see it’s right there, I’m not going to log in.
you can see it popped up right here. So and then go back into my app drawer, I have two apps here. an exclusive feature for the one plus eight or one plus eight Pro, but it’s still really cool. And something that I suggest that you check out, especially if you manage multiple accounts, I would love to see this open up for other apps like Creative Cloud subscriptions. That way, if you have two different subscription services, maybe one for school and then one for personal use, you can browseboth Lightroom folders, that would be really neat.
But overall, parallel apps is definitely something I recommend that you just dive in and mess with it if you ever need to use it. Moving on, we have app locker to access app locker, you’re going to go in your settings, and then again, just do a search app locker, tap on it, and then tap on App locker again. Now app locker is going to be great for people that have a lot of important information that you just don’t want in the hands or eyes of someone else.
Or if you have an app that you just really don’t want your kids messing around in Case they accidentally delete something like maybe your gallery app or something like that, you can lock it down to where it requires a password to get into that application. So we’re gonna go ahead and set this one up, I’m going to enter my pen real quick. And now we have access to the app locker, I can add an app just by tapping on the Add app button.
And we’ll say I want to add my gallery. So I’m gonna go ahead and lock down my gallery.
So that means you can hide like a social media app or an app that you’re steadily getting notifications for like maybe your email app, you can put that in an app locker, which be smart in Case you know, you give your kids your phone a lot and they could accidentally delete important emails that’s there. And it could be useful for that scenario.
But you can see I have the gallery lockdown now. So if I go back and then try to access my gallery, me for a pin. Another cool feature is the ability to do a quick reply in landscape when responding to like, To access quick reply in landscape, go back into your settings, type in click reply, and you’ll see it pop up. Right here, click reply in landscape, tap on that, and then tap on it. Again, at the very bottom of that list. These are going to be the apps that support quick reply and landscape.
Just like a lot of the features on this list, the applications do need to support this feature. Luckily, apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and many others are very widely used application. So you shouldn’t really have too many issues. And you are inside the setting, start enabling the apps that you want to support, quick reply in landscape, enable the use floating keyboard option. Personally, I like it, you don’t have to do this, but I think it definitely makes a difference.
So let’s say I’m on YouTube, and I’m just you know, browsing through some videos here, my phone’s already in the landscape position, and then all of a sudden I get a information. So here’s one on Instagram, if I tap replied, it’s going to give me my feed over here. But if I tap on the message box right here, it’s going to pull up a little mini keyboard that I can move around on the screen. If you long press the power button on the one plus eight or the one plus eight Pro, it’s going to launch the Google Assistant Versus pulling up the power menu.
But if you want to customize that, or of the other functions associated with the power button, you can do so in order to change or customize this feature. Let’s go ahead and dive into the settings and then go under buttons and gestures. At the very bottom you have the option for double click the power button and press and hold the Power button. By default, the double click is going to launch your camera, but you can disable it you choose to do so if we go back and then go under press and hold the Power button. Now by default, if you press and hold it, it’s going to pull up the Google Assistant.
However, I like to change it from Google Assistant to the power menu because I would much rather have it pull up my power menu. And that’s how you can the power button functionality. Another thing I recommend is knowing how to display settings and I’m not just talking like your regular settings but getting into the advanced Portion finding out how you can adjust fresh rate, color calibration or even your resolution. To access those settings.
Go back into the main page on your settings and then tap on display. This is going to be where you can change all of the functionality that is associated with your display. So you have screen calibration. Right now mine is set to advance then display p3. This is going to give you an very accurate looking display while giving you plenty of saturation to make the colors the muted tones on natural.
Or you can do an OLED wide gamut. So I’m going to leave it on the p3 the one that I had it on originally. And then if we back up, we can change the resolution from Quad HD plus to full HD Plus, if you want to a little bit more battery life. However, if you really don’t want to take your phone, HD plus, and this is going to dynamically switch between Quad HD plus to full HD plus based on the content that you’re viewing and it’s the appropriate resolution for that content.
So if you turn that on, technically speaking, you should be able to reduce the battery comes associated with leaving your phone in Quad HD plus all of the time. So we back out of resolution and then go into the rate. This is going to be where you can switch from 120 hertz to 60 hertz, 60 hertz is going to be less smooth, but you’re going to get better battery life and 120 hertz is just going to be ultra smooth. I personally just like to leave it at 120 hertz, because I love that rate, it just looks awesome, especially in Quad HD plus, but if you wanted to battery life, you could drop it to 60, I would love to see like a 90 hertz option here, I don’t know, just a thought could be pushed out in an update.
If you’d like to read a lot on your phone, go back into your settings, go under display, scroll down until you see reading mode, reading mode is going to do is change your display either to a chromatic effect or to a mano effect, let me show you. So first of all, I’m going to assign an app that way, it automatically switches to reading mode whenever I launched that app Versus having to go in and manually turn it on and turn it off yourself. So I’m going to add Feedly to the app list. And then you get to pick the effect. So let’s go ahead and try on both.
First of all do chromatic backup. And now let’s launch Feedly. So go into Feedly. And it should automatically change into the chromatic effect. Basically, it D saturated the entire image, you can see there’s still some slight saturation here with the green. But for the most part, it is a black and white or more sepia tone like image. So now let’s go back into the settings. Go back into display, scroll down to reading mode. And now we’re going to change it to the model effect. So we’ll re add the app and then change it to mono. And now we’ll go back into Feedly. And this should take away all of the saturation and it should be a black and white image, which it did.
So if you’re big into reading digital magazines or books from maybe the Kindle app, make sure to check this out, it should be much easier on your eyesight, the one plus eight and the one plus eight pro both have displays. But if you want to get a little bit more contrast and vibrancy out of your display, go into your settings, go under display, and then toggle along the vibrant color effect Pro, it gives you a little example of what it’s going to do right here.
So now if we go into YouTube and watch maybe some 4k HDR content, you’re going to notice that the colors are a little bit more vibrance, a little bit more punchy, and it’s going to provide more contrast. Then, when the mobile is toggled off, someone else is going to be hard to notice. But even if it’s just a minimal amount of difference, you’re going to see a difference to display on the one plus eight Pro has a rate of 120 hertz while maintaining the quad HD plus resolution where the rate the 120 hertz really comes in clutch is when viewing content shot in 60 frames per second or higher or playing games.
But if you wanted to force this smoothness on, say 24 frames per second content you can do so to enable go into your settings, scroll down to use the display. it doesn’t work that good on many TVs, you’ll notice a lot of artifacts and weird stuff going on. For the most part, it works okay on this device. But honestly, I really can’t see a big difference between content with this feature turned on Versus content with this feature turned off.
And if you’re big into that, you know reality TV type look, go ahead and turn this on and then watch some YouTube content. And let me know what you think. If you’re new to one plus, you’re going to go into settings. And then if you go under display, which is where it be on other phones, you don’t have an option for dark mode, you do have an option for night mode, the color temperature and the brightness of the display but it’s not the theme that you’re looking for. So what you’re going to do is go under customization, and then tap on preset theme.
And then turn it to nuanced dark, and this is going to change the overall theme of your phone’s giving you that nice MLS blackout theme that you have been looking for. Now while we’re in here. Let’s go ahead and talk about the next thing that I think you should do and that’s customize your phone settings. out of here, you have a lot of customization options, you have lockscreen customization. So you can switch up the wallpaper, the clock type, the fingerprint animation, and the horizon lights, the horizon lights are light will appear whenever your screen is turned off.
And then you get a information, you will see different lighting light up the corner of the display, and it looks pretty cool. You have system customization. So you can change the accent color, the overall tone, system icon shapes, and you can apply a different icon pack, which you can download from the Google Play Store. So if you were big into Nova back in the day, and you have a lot of, you know, icon packs that you already paid for, they will work with the stock launcher, it’s awesome.
So you can have Roboto, or you can use one plus his own font, I really like the one plus font. And that’s the one that I tend to use the most. But yeah, I really suggest that you go in, go into this customization setting, make this phone your phone. And since we’re on the topic of customization, I definitely recommend that you go in and check out the homescreen settings to customize different gestures and things like that, what you’re going to do is just press and hold on the display go under home settings.
And these are all of your home screen settings, you have the swipe down gesture built right into the stock launcher of your Google Home feed, which is swiping over to the right will expose your Google Home feed, you can disable it if you want to double tap to lock, you can hide different icon labels, you can switch up your launcher layouts, which means either have a you know an app drawer or no app drawer, you can, you know customize the app drawer itself. There’s a lot that you can do in here.
But one thing I want to talk about in particular is something called hidden space, So at the very bottom, there’s an option for hidden space, just tap on that. And it’s gonna tell you the gesture that you need to perform in order to access hidden space. So if I go home, and then just pinch out, there’s my hidden space and I can add different applications to this space and easily access them just like that. So it’s pretty neat if there’s something that you want to keep secret or keep hidden.
Not sure why but you can hide it there. And then there’s a lot of other things that the one plus eights and one plus eight pro can do especially with the camera so I’m going to do a dedicated camera walkthrough.