OnePlus initially apologized for the matter in a tweet published early this morning. OnePlus says that the push notification functionality in OxygenOS exists "mainly as a survey tool", and is based on Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging protocol, which means that no personal data was at risk with these rogue push notifications. When users tapped on the notifications, the phone would receive an error message saying "browser not found".
"During an internal test, our OxygenOS team accidentally sent out a global push notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners". Apparently, OnePlus' OxygenOS team was conducting a software test related to the upcoming Android Q update. Additionally, the company is implementing a new process to ensure this can not happen again.
If you got a unusual OnePlus push notification on Monday, you're not alone.
The spam notifications, which appear to be made up of a random selection of characters - with some in Chinese, and others in Latin - have been leaving customers a little confused.
Are these push notifications normal?
But of course, if you randomly received such notifications from an official OnePlus app, you'd be concerned.
"This was certainly weird for OnePlus 7 Pro users and everyone had been waiting for OnePlus" reply, which did come in pretty timely.