OnePlus 8 Pro users in global markets have received a new OxygenOS update that has “inadvertently” disabling the Color Filter camera that was recently to have “see-through” capabilities for some materials. The new software version, which appears as OxygenOS 10.5.9, comes days after the company disable the Color Filter camera through an update specifically meant for the OnePlus 8 Pro users in China. In other news, British carmaker McLaren company no longer in partnership with OnePlus.
The latest OxygenOS that are push to markets including the US and Europe has disabled the Color Filter camera. The changelog, as share by by XDA Developers, shows that the update temporarily removes the Photochrome filter. It also mentions that the feature would come back around June.
Earlier this month, OnePlus provides an HydrogenOS update for the for the OnePlus 8 Pro users in China to disable the fourth camera sensor as a result of criticism emerged due to its see-through capabilities. The company at that time mentions through an official forum post that the update is only meant for Chinese users, and there are no plans to bring a similar change for its global users through an OxygenOS update.
In response to global users asking about disabling the Color Filter camera through the latest update, OnePlus said in its forums that the latest update “inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices” and the filter will be re-enabled in the next update. This means that until the next update, users won’t be able to use the fourth camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro that was meant to enhance photos by adding lighting effects and filters.
So, things are clear. If you don’t want to lose what OnePlus has provided through the Color Filter camera, you shouldn’t install OxygenOS 10.5.9 on your OnePlus 8 Pro. But if you’re concerned with how the additional camera can be used to provide you a little enhanced visibility for seeing through some objects, especially the ones that don’t have infrared shielding, you can go ahead and download the latest update.