OnePlus’ HydrogenOS 11 comes with redesigned Weather app, Always-On Display, and more
During a live-streamed event earlier today, OnePlus unveiled the latest version of its custom Android skin for China — HydrogenOS 11. The software is based on Android 11 and it brings a ton of new features for OnePlus devices, including Always-on Display functionality, smart gallery, voice notes, multi-user Zen mode, an improved dark mode, and more.
As per a recent report from ITHome, HydrogenOS 11 adopts a new inclusive design that is expected to improve user experience. According to OnePlus’ Creative Director Zeng Xi, HydrogenOS 11 makes use of the simplest elements to create an inclusive design that will help users easily grasp information on the screen at a glance. The new wallpapers in HydrogenOS 11 also echo this design approach and serve to provide relevant information like the current weather conditions and time of day.
Official Video of OnePlus’s HydrogenOS 11 for China. Expect OxygenOS 11 to be heavily influenced by it but with Google Play Services. New Always on Display, Animations & One Hand usage. #OnePlus #HydrogenOS11 pic.twitter.com/IbdXKrj7eg
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As mentioned earlier, HydrogenOS 11 includes quite a few new features alongside the new design. The company has finally included always-on display functionality in the OS, a new smart gallery with integrated image/video editing features, voice notes with support for AI-powered speech-to-text conversion, a one-handed mode, and a multi-user Zen mode to help users disconnect with friends and family.
HydrogenOS 11 also features an improved dark mode that makes use of different shades of black to highlight important information on the screen. The dark mode also comes with a quick settings toggle and support for time-based activation. It’s also worth noting that the new dark mode has passed the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Double A certification, which means that it will provide a better dark mode experience to users with visual impairments.
Furthermore, HydrogenOS 11 brings a new ORM memory management system that’s expected to improve memory utilization, run more applications while using the same amount of memory, and reduce the chances of an app being killed in the background.
HydrogenOS 11 Availability
As ITHome points out, the software update will be available for all OnePlus devices launched after the OnePlus 5T. OnePlus has already started rolling out the first HydrogenOS 11 beta build for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, and the first developer preview build is expected to be released sometime next month. The stable version is scheduled to reach supported devices in Q4 2020.
You can find the download links, flashing instructions and complete changelog over here.