The final OxygenOS 11 developer preview arrives August 10th as OnePlus preps for Android 11
At the end of July, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau teased an always-on display feature coming to OxygenOS 11, its Android software based on Android 11. Now, OnePlus has provided a bit more information on its plans for OxygenOS 11, including when the last preview build will happen.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, Lau revealed OnePlus will release its final developer preview build of OxygenOS 11 for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro on August 10th. The company invites its “most technically-inclined” community members to try the release. “Then once we’ve squashed most of the big bugs and improved over stability, we’ll release a full open beta to let even more of you try it out,” Lau said.
What kind of new features can users expect to see in OxygenOS 11? Lau didn’t say, but more than likely users can expect what’s new in Android 11, including Bubble notifications, improved media controls, and more. OxygenOS 11 will also likely feature always-on display support, along with “some highly anticipated features that many of you have been asking for,” Lau teased. Users can also expect smoother performance, new customization options, and other UI changes. August 10th is also the date when OnePlus will unveil its latest version of HydrogenOS, the company’s Android software for the China region. Since HydrogenOS and OxygenOS are very close in terms of UI and core features, we can glean what’s new in HydrogenOS 11 as a preview of what’s to come for OxygenOS 11.
With the launch of Android 11 next month, OnePlus users can likely expect OxygenOS 11 to shortly after. The company will likely release the update first for its current flagships, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, followed by its mid-range OnePlus Nord. The update will then likely follow for the OnePlus 7T series and the OnePlus 7 series. The OnePlus 6 and 6T already received their second major Android OS upgrade in the form of Android 10, but it’s possible that OnePlus could extend another upgrade for the two smartphones like they did when they brought Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 3 and 3T.