08 September 2020
Update: August 31, 2020
OnePlus is now rolling out Android 11 Developer Preview 4-based OxygenOS 11 to OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones. OnePlus has shared the big changelog via its community forum and Piunikaweb.com spotted it first. Below is the complete changelog posted.
- Optimized display effects with some UI
- Optimized the lagging issue under some settings
- Optimized the stability with the upload of log in Community
- Optimized delayed response issue with pull-down of the status bar
- Fixed the crash/reboot issue under some settings
- Fixed the all black issue with status bar in dark mode
- Fixed the bug that system cannot be re-started after OTA upgrade
- Fixed the disabled “save” feature of screenshot
- Game Space
- Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode, WeChat, QQ and Screen Recorder at one place (enable it by swiping down from upper right/left corners of the screen in gaming mode)
- Newly added mis-touch prevention feature. Enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen, click and the notification bar will pop out
- Fixed the abnormal increase of brightness when entering the Gallery
- Fixed the incomplete screenshot issue in some cases
- Fixed the issue that background of weather did not display
- Improved the performance and stability of network transfers
Clearly, the update brings tons of fixes and features for Game Space. The update also brings optimizations on the System level that includes optimizations around the display. It also fixes the all-black issues with the status bar in dark mode. It also adds new gaming tools box and mis-touch prevention feature.
Original Post (August 12, 2020)
OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro owners can now try the Android 11 Developer Preview 3 and explore the refreshed design and new features of OxygenOS 11. The list of key updates shows many new design elements that are coming alongside the highly requested Always-On Display.
Furthermore, the Android 11 DP3 for the OnePlus 8 series is also bringing one-handed support. There is now optimized Dark Mode with the ability to automatically turn on and off. There are now 3 new Zen Mode themes, including a new Group feature to let you experience Zen Mode with your friends. Furthermore, the Gallery gets a new function as well that automatically creates a weekly story based on your photos and videos.
Talking about the new UI elements, the OxygenOS 11 is going to bring some drastic changes in the design. As per AndroidPolice that has tried out the new update, OnePlus seems to have taken some inspiration from Samsung’s OneUI. Furthermore, the site points out that there are majorly graphical tweaks, a drastic change over the company’s previous stock Android-like layout. Those who like OnePlus devices for their UI may not like this overhaul.
Here is the list of key updates -
- New visual design (including Weather app, Launcher, Gallery, Notes)
- New layout for more comfortable and convenient one-handed operation
- Always-on display function, including 11 new clock styles
- Live wallpaper that changes according to the time of day
- New OnePlus Sans font that improves readability
- Optimized Dark Mode, including the ability to automatically turn on and off and a shortcut in Quick Settings
- 3 new Zen Mode themes, more timing options, and new Group feature to let you experience Zen Mode with your friends
- New Gallery function that automatically creates a weekly story based on your photos and videos
OnePlus has also listed down some known issues that users must be aware of before installing the Developer Preview on the respective devices. OnePlus warns in the forum post that after installation, some third-party apps may not function properly and there can be some system stability issues. There can also be some network stability issues in some scenarios.
OnePlus cautions users that this pre-release software is not stable and one should be aware of the consequences that come with flashing ROM. OnePlus warns that there is a risk of bricking your phone if you do not know how to try out early updates. Additionally, the company notes users running Developer Preview 2 will not lose their data while upgrading to DP3. But they should still make a backup before beginning.