OnePlus releases OxygenOS 12 Open Beta based on Android 12 for the OnePlus 9

The first beta of OxygenOS 12 can now be downloaded and installed on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. Android 12 is out now, Google met the deadlines and released the code for the new version of the system on Monday, October 4, although the update aimed at Pixel devices would still take a few weeks to be available for download. However, other brands that have already had access to the Android 12 code have long started working on developing the respective updates for their devices.

One of them is OnePlus, which thanks to its merger with OPPO, has been able to greatly accelerate the development of its new software based on Android 12 using the ColorOS code, to the point of becoming the first brand to offer Android 12 to the owners of their latest devices. For now, yes, in beta form.

Thus, the brand announces the possibility of updating the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro to Android 12 and testing a preview of OxygenOS 12, through a first beta version that can now be downloaded and installed.

The first thing that catches your eye as soon as you start the system for the first time is the great similarity that the user interface of OxygenOS 12 bears with that of ColorOS. Many of the graphical elements and menus of the system are inherited from the OPPO layer, and the simplicity that defined OxygenOS so much seems to have disappeared. Now it is a heavier layer and loaded with functions.

For now, yes, we are talking about a preliminary version that still has some bugs and malfunctions. For that reason, it is not recommended to install the new version on those devices that are used frequently.

Among the innovations included, OnePlus focuses on three different aspects: work, rest, and play. The emphasis is, above all, on the renewed user interface designed to facilitate the use of the system. This is how the company defines it:

Through the ingenious use of light and space, OxygenOS 12 creates a safe and relaxed environment for users. Visually, changing light indicates clearer distances, while hierarchy and interleaved relationships improve readability and ease of use. In addition, soft light and shadows minimize unnecessary distractions in the user interface, thus providing a more immersive and comfortable experience.

Aspects such as system typography, icons, or animations have also been updated. The “Shelf” panel is now accessible by swiping down from the upper right corner of the screen and allows you to add different widgets with an updated design based on the principles of pleomorphism.

The system’s dark theme has been updated, giving users a choice between three different “shades of darkness”. In addition, the “Life Balance 2.0” mode is included, which allows you to establish a workspace and a “life” one, with applications that are automatically enabled depending on the time of day or location.

The native notes app has been updated, giving the option to add handwritten notes and with a renewed design.

Finally, in the games section, the OnePlus game toolbox, OnePlus Games Toolbox, now introduces new functions such as the option to show a real-time FPS counter.

What mobiles are compatible with OxygenOS 12?

OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 1 can now be downloaded and installed on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. However, these two devices are not the only ones that will receive the update to the new version of Android.

Later, other models of the company will receive the update to OxygenOS 12 over the months. The complete list of OnePlus phones compatible with Android 12 is as follows:

  • OnePlus 9
  • OnePlus 9 Pro
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus 9R 5G
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • Nord 2 5G
  • Nord 1
  • Nord CE 5G

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