The OnePlus 5 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017. The device was heavily discussed and rumored about for months in advance of its launch, and when it finally came it seemed to match up to almost all our expectations. Still, the OnePlus 5 felt a bit rushed, and its mother company had to issue quite a few fixes and update after it was released. But by far the most problematic issue that the smartphone faced was its 911 bug.
911 Bug Threatens User Safety
The OnePlus 5’s 911 bug consisted in a lot of devices rebooting after having dialed 911 (or 999 for the UK). This was a pretty big problem, seeing as how being able to dial 911 on your phone is crucial and can make the difference between life and death sometimes. So if any OnePlus 5 found himself or herself in danger and tried to contact emergency services, their phone had a pretty big chance of rebooting during the call, and that’s just not ok.
Fortunately, OnePlus issued a new software update that took care of this issue once and for all (we hope).
According to the company, the time of arrival of the new software update might vary depending on where you live, but even so it should roll out in a timely fashion. OnePlus also strongly encouraged OnePlus 5 owners to search for the update manually in their phones’ Settings menu if it didn’t reach them. This is a crucial update, after all.
It’s baffling that the OnePlus 5 had this issue to begin with. This sort of bug could have potentially put a lot of people at risk, so it’s good that the company was so prompt in taking care of the problem. Still, we can’t help but wonder: what if it would have been too late?