OnePlus Gallery 3.12.33 adds a Google Cast button for beaming photos
OnePlus released the Android 11 Beta 2 builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro smartphones earlier this week. These builds come with OnePlus’ OxygenOS on top and the company is referring them to as “Developer Preview 2” builds to avoid any confusion with OxygenOS Open Beta program – even though they are based on Android 11 Beta 2 that was released by Google earlier this month. As part of this build, OnePlus is adding a Google Cast shortcut to the Gallery application to beam photos to TVs or smart displays.
The Google Cast feature surfaced on OnePlus Gallery version 3.12.33 and follows the Google Lens shortcut added to the app in the previous update. Although the latest Gallery app comes with the Android 11 beta, it can be installed on other OnePlus series devices but the feature may not work on all of the phones. One user did confirm they could successfully use the feature on their OnePlus 8 Pro running OxygenOS 10.5.11 to cast images to their OnePlus Q1 55 Pro TV. You can grab the APK from the link below and try it on your phone.
Notably, the feature only works for images for now and does not cast videos. The same is corroborated to strings discovered in the APK Teardown of the Gallery app.
Coming back to the Android 11 beta, the builds for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are strictly meant for developers and advanced users even though vanilla Android 11 has already reached the Platform Stability stage. This may be due to the improper migration of Android 11 features over to OxygenOS and we do not recommend installing the build on your device if you’re using it as your daily driver.
Even if you still wish to proceed and get a taste of Android 11 on your phone, do note that by installing the beta or upgrading from the first beta, you will lose your data. So make sure to back it up before starting the process.
Thanks to XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username for the screenshot.