Following claims that OxygenOS is collecting private user data, OnePlus has now issued official statement, confirming those claims. The Chinese company said it is true that OxygenOS collects private data from users, but has also explained the reason behind that.
The OS collects data and transmits analytics in two different streams: usage analytics and device information. This is necessary to "better understand general phone behavior and optimize OxygenOS for better overall user experience."
While the usage analytics collection can be disabled by heading to Settings / Advanced / Join user experience program, but device information collection can't be turned off due to "after-sale support." The good news is that the company claims it will no longer collect telephone numbers, MAC addresses and Wi-Fi information.
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