A few weeks ago, we learned that the OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera was able to see through certain types of plastics and fabrics as if it were X-rays.
OnePlus initially claimed that it would disable this functionality on HydrogenOS (the Chinese version of its ROM) pending a definitive solution, and insisted that it would not disable it on the international OxygenOS version.
However, a recent update to the OxygenOS operating system that is distributed outside of China has disabled this feature globally.
The latest update, Oxygen OS 10.5.9, has only one item in its changelog: Photochrome mode has been disabled. The changelog also provides an estimated timeframe for correcting the “problem,” stating that it expects the use of this camera to be available again in June (although without the ability to see through objects, we assume).
This change contradicts the previous position of the company, although a representative of OnePlus has explained to Android Police that everything has been a mistake:
This OTA was inadvertently released to a limited number of devices. We will activate that filter again in the next OTA.
In the meantime, if you’ve been amused by that functionality or just want to keep the full functionality of the camera, you may want to skip this update if it hits your device.