06 August 2020
OnePlus appears to have dropped a big hint on the arrival of the most-awaited Always-ON display feature. The company still has not commented on its availability but a probable timeframe can be gleaned from the shared image and caption inside the tweet it recently made.
Pete Lau, CEO and Founder at OnePlus shared a tweet that shows an image with an analog clock ticking to 11. Furthermore, the caption – 11 “on display,” makes it even more apparent.
11 "on display." 😉 pic.twitter.com/Y2prOL8Nge— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) July 28, 2020
Although this is not the first time we are hearing the company’s plans. This year in March, OnePlus confirmed via a tweet that the Always-On Display is under development as it is the most wanted feature and the top suggested among other ideas on its IDEA platform. Then in May, OnePlus reiterated that it is already working on the feature and the development should be finished around June. OnePlus also said that the closed beta testing will begin in August and open beta testing in September, but warned that this timeline is subject to changes as there are various factors included.
Now, the company’s latest tweet seems to be projecting that the development around this feature is nearly done and the company may soon bring the feature for beta testing in the said timeframe.
The numeral “11” in the caption and the analog clock suggest the feature could land with Oxygen 11, which in turn could come as soon as after Android 11 is ready. To compare, OxygenOS 10 was first shipped in September 2019 with Android 10. The next big version of Android is expected to release in September as well so we may see the beta testing of the Always On Display going live during the same timeframe as said by OnePlus previously.
To the uninitiated ones, Always On Display feature or simply AOD shows limited information while your phone is asleep. You can customize your screen to show date, time, battery status, and notifications as well. Some phones also allow configuring Always On Display feature to wake up with a double or single tap, a hand gesture, or picking up the phone.