OxygenOS 11 in the OnePlus 8 Pro, to the test: all the news

Android 11 comes to OnePlus mobiles with great news: these are the changes that OxygenOS 11 brings.

Shortly after making official the news that will reach their mobiles with Android 11, OnePlus released the latest Android 11 developer preview for the OnePlus 8, and the first based on OxygenOS 11.

This version will bring with it a good part of the news that OnePlus has implemented in its Android-based software, and that during the coming months they will reach all the mobiles that make up its catalog.

And, with the aim of take a closer look at what’s new, we installed this Android 11 based OxygenOS 11 developer preview on a OnePlus 8 Pro. Here’s what we found:

OnePlus 8 Pro with OxygenOS 11

OxygenOS 11 includes a new animated wallpaper.

All the news of Android 11 for OnePlus mobiles

With OxygenOS 11, OnePlus has taken advantage to completely renew the visual language of your software, based on the new branding of the company.

This implies big changes in the system interface, ranging from a renewed dark mode, a new typography or substantial changes in the user interface of the pre-installed applications.

Always on Display

Always on DIsplay in OxygenOS11

This is the new Always on Display mode of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

OnePlus has finally given in and has included the function that many of us have been waiting for years: the “Always on Display” mode It is already present in OxygenOS, and it comes with a format somewhat different from any other we have seen so far.

And is that the screen mode “always on” OnePlus not only shows the time, date, remaining battery level or notifications. The company also includes a vertical bar showing the progress of the day, and that will show “gaps” representing those periods in which we have been using the mobile.

In that sense, in addition, at the top appears the number of times the mobile has been unlocked. It is worth noting that this is only one of the “always-on” display styles to choose from.

On the other hand, you can also program activation in this modeso that the screen only remains active for several hours a day.

Finally, comment that In the OnePlus 8, it is possible to unlock the terminal with the fingerprint without having to activate the screen, directly from the “Always On” mode. However, the fingerprint position indicator disappears after a few seconds.

Improved dark theme and new live wallpaper

Another aesthetic change is found in the system dark theme. Now, in addition to being possible to program its activation or deactivation, in addition to having been optimized based on Google’s accessibility guides for offer enhanced contrast.

In addition, a new live wallpaper whose colors change as the hours of the day go by.

New typography and revamped system apps

The aesthetic changes that come with OxygenOS 11 also go through a new typography which OnePlus refers to as “OnePlus Sans”.

Along with this typeface, OnePlus introduces completely revamped system applications whose design inherits traits from HydrogenOS, the brand’s customization layer for the Chinese market.

Perhaps the most striking thing about this renovation are the great similarities that we find if we compare its interface with that of the One UI apps, Samsung mobile software.

In both cases, we find apps with two different spaces: the upper one is intended to show titles and information, and the lower one houses the elements with which it is possible to interact, with the aim of facilitate the use of devices with one hand. For sample, a couple of images:

Since we are talking about a OxygenOS 11 preview, It is very likely that many of the elements present in this edition will change with the final update, which should arrive before the end of the year to the OnePlus 8 series models.

Still, it seems pretty clear that, on this occasion, OnePlus has decided to put aside for the first time its proximity to Android “stock” – at least in terms of design to introduce its own design language, with more than reasonable similarities with the software of Samsung mobiles.

To that must be added the decision of OnePlus to Introduce bloatware From Facebook in their latest phones, something that has not exactly pleased the buyers of the recent OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Nord

If you like what you see, and are willing to test Android 11 on your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro Before its official launch, you can do so by downloading the beta version of OxygenOS 11 from the company’s official forum, and proceeding with its manual installation.

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