OxygenOS 11 Open Beta Now Available on OnePlus 8 Series

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 2 Comments

With Google releasing Android 11 earlier today, OnePlus announced that it is releasing the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 Open Beta, albeit only to those with a OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro at this time.

“Thanks to our close collaboration with Google, OnePlus is one of the first smartphone brands to be able to officially bring Android 11 to you—on the day it is officially launched—with the first open beta of OxygenOS 11,” a OnePlus staffer identified as Gary C. writes. “Now faster and smoother with new design elements that add a bit of boldness to stock Android, we think the updated layout makes one-handed operation easier and more intuitive—and just gives you a better and more beautiful overall experience.”

OnePlus provides the following list of improvements in the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta:

System. Fresh new UI visual design brings you more comfortable experience with various optimizations of details. Brand new weather UI supports dynamic switches between sunrise and sunset. You can have day and night at your hand now. Optimized the brightness bar display in status bar, enabling you to quickly adjust it by pulling down quick settings.

Game space. Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode, WeChat, QQ, and Screen Recorder at one place. Newly added mis-touch prevention feature. Enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen, click and the notification bar will pop out

Ambient display. Added Always-on ambient Display function, custom Schedule / All day option included. Added 10 new clock styles. Insight clock style, a joint creation with Parsons School of Design, will change according to the phone usage data.

Dark mode. Added the shortcut key for Dark Mode, pull down the quick setting to enable. Supports automatically turn on feature and customize time range.

Zen Mode. Added 5 new themes: Ocean, space, grassland, Zen space1, and Zen space2, and more timing options. Included the Group feature in Zen Mode, now you can invite your friends and enable the Zen Mode together.

Gallery. Supports Story function, automatically form weekly videos with photos and video in storage.

Please check the original post for links to install the OxygenOS Open Beta and, if needed, rollback to the official shipping version.

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2 responses to “OxygenOS 11 Open Beta Now Available on OnePlus 8 Series”

  1. rbwatson0

    God, I love Oneplus.

  2. MacLiam

    Put this on my 8 Pro last night and like it a lot. There is a lot to experiment with and get to know here -- probably more than I need or would ever use, but I will try to work through it all in the next couple of days just to understand it.

    I see some unexpected camera enhancements as well, but that's probably just OnePlus throwing some home grown improvements into their own software at the same time they push out their flavor of the new Android. The much discussed and frequently dismissed Photochrom setting now has several additional shade and color intensity variations filling in the gradient between original image and processed infrared. (I still think OP is planning to do something with infrared in the future -- anyone with an IR illuminator can confirm that all the back cameras still see infrared.)