The software has always been the spotlight for OnePlus devices. OxygenOS 12 is expected to release with future and existing OnePlus devices. Software is a major reason by which OnePlus is considered as the best android phone. Due to OnePlus, OxygenOS has become one of the best software interfaces around.
There’s a new dimension to that narrative in 2021. OnePlus is now using ColorOS as the foundation for OxygenOS in a bid to streamline resources between the two entities, and that means there are changes afoot. We got an early look at the integration with OxygenOS 11.3 on the Nord 2, but we’ll have to wait until OxygenOS 12 to get a complete picture of what this merger will have to offer.
Moreover, OxygenOS 12 is debuting with OnePlus 9 RT, a new variant in the OnePlus 9 Series. It will debut in the upcoming months. There is very little news about the upcoming features of OxygenOS 12. However, Android Central gathered some news about it through internal building.
According to them, OnePlus aims to kick off the OxygenOS 12 closed beta by the end of August. The closed beta includes just over 200 members, and OnePlus usually recruits its “hardcore” fans to participate in the beta and give feedback on the new additions. This feedback is passed on directly to the product team and taken into consideration while making final tweaks to the interface.
Based on the feedback and the stability of the build, the closed beta usually takes two to three weeks, and the changes will be integrated into a new build that is released to the public. That means we should be able to see the OxygenOS 12 public beta roll out just before October.
However, the OxygenOS 11 public beta was available at the end of August, but that timeline has been pushed back this year because of the sheer number of issues in Android 12. Several bugs and stability issues plagued Pixels running the latest beta 4 build, so it’s safe to assume that device manufacturers are taking a little longer than usual to iron out the bugs.
OxygenOS 12 expected features
OxygenOS 12 will get new features that have been ported over from ColorOS. First is a floating windows mode that lets you resize windows anywhere on the screen, making it easier to multitask. Another exciting addition is a theme store that gives you the ability to change the look and feel of the interface.
OxygenOS’s mainstays like accent color customization and off-screen gestures will be intact, and the ColorOS additions would surely make the UI that much more customizable. The settings page is getting a category reshuffle that makes it to find connectivity options more straightforward, and some of these changes are live in OxygenOS 11.3. The switch to ColorOS means you’ll need to set up a 6-digit passcode (instead of the usual 4-digit PIN) before you can configure biometric authentication.
On the subject of security, ColorOS’ Private Safe mode is coming to OxygenOS, and you can hide sensitive documents and photos behind a password. As for the aesthetic itself, OxygenOS 12 will not use Google’s new Material You design, instead retaining the same OxygenOS 11 design language with a few tweaks around the notification pane and shade.
While the underlying foundation has been overhauled, the OnePlus Launcher and other OnePlus features like Work-Life Balance, Zen Mode, Scout, and Shelf will be intact, so users making the switch from OxygenOS 11 should feel right at home.
OxygenOS 12 supported phones
We’ll need to wait until OnePlus officially confirms the devices that will get the OxygenOS 12 update, but if history is any indication, the OnePlus 7 series and above should make the switch to Android 12. OnePlus is rolling out the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 build to the OnePlus 6 and 6T, so when it comes to OxygenOS 12, it is safe to assume that all the 2019 devices and above will be updated.
Of course, that doesn’t include the Nord N series of devices; the N10 and N100 will only get one update to Android 11, so they will miss out. Here’s the list of OnePlus phones that will be updated to OxygenOS 12:
- OnePlus 7
- OnePlus 7 Pro / 7 Pro 5G
- OnePlus 7T
- OnePlus 7T Pro / 7T Pro McLaren
- OnePlus 7T
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8T
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- OnePlus 9R
- OnePlus Nord
- OnePlus Nord CE
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OnePlus Nord N200