OxygenOS 11 brings a radical new visual layout and dozens of features.

OnePlus made the switch to Android 11 last year with OxygenOS 11, introducing a new visual design and a slew of exciting new features. While OnePlus was content to offer a UI that mimicked vanilla Android in the past, that has changed with OxygenOS 11. There are distinct styling elements here, and the interface resembles Samsung’s One UI quite a bit.

In terms of features, we finally get Always-on Display. Although OnePlus phones have used AMOLED panels from the beginning, the company didn’t offer an AOD mode — until now. There’s also a simplified settings page, new system font with better readability, more customization options, new themes for Zen Mode, and a whole lot more.

OxygenOS 11 is installed out of the box on the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 9 series, and the update has made its way to all of OnePlus’ 2020 and 2019 phones, including the OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus 7 and 7T series, and the Nord. OnePlus is now working on rolling out the update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. Here’s what you need to know about OxygenOS 11, when it is releasing, and device availability.

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The OnePlus 9 gives you all the features you’re looking for in a flagship phone, including a stellar 120Hz AMOLED panel, the latest internal hardware with 5G, great cameras, all-day battery life, and 65W fast charging. Combine that with a clean software and you get a great overall package in 2021 that undercuts true flagships.

OnePlus OxygenOS 11:

Release date
Eligible phones
Always-on display
New UI
Settings page gets tweaks
Dynamic backgrounds
Scheduleable dark mode
OnePlus Sans font
Zen Mode gets themes
Customizable gestures
Gallery highlights

When will your phone get the OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) update?

OnePlus started rolling out the stable OxygenOS 11 build to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro — two of the best Android phones last year — at the end of last year, and the Nord made the switch in February 2021. Models in the OnePlus 7 and 7T series got the update all through April and May, but the rollout wasn’t without issues; OnePlus had to pause the update as the build was still buggy.

Right now, OnePlus is working on delivering the OxygenOS 11 update to the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The stable build is scheduled to make its way to the devices sometime in the month of August, but given the issues with the OnePlus 7 and 7T series, there may be delays.

OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) update is coming to these OnePlus phones

In total, the OxygenOS 11 update based on Android 11 is coming to 12 OnePlus phones. The interesting addition here is the OnePlus 6 and 6T, which will be getting their third Android version update. Here’s the list of OnePlus phones that will make the switch to OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11:

OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8
OnePlus Nord
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition
OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus 7T
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
OnePlus 6T
OnePlus 6

OxygenOS 11 finally brings Always-on Display to OnePlus devices

OnePlus fans have been clamoring for an always-on display for several years now, and OxygenOS 11 finally delivers the feature. Always-on Display on OxygenOS 11 shows you the time and date as well as any pending notifications and the battery level.

The feature itself is identical to what Samsung has offered on its phones for some time now, and it’s great to see OnePlus finally roll it out on its devices. You get 12 clock faces to choose from, and there’s the option to schedule AOD or have it enabled throughout the day.

There are a few clock faces that stand out. The Insight style in particular (pictured above) changes dynamically based on your phone usage over the course of the day; there’s a vertical color bar that takes up three-fourths of the screen, and every time you use your phone, you’ll see a groove in the bar. The longer you use your phone, the wider the groove, and it’s a great way to get a glance at how much you’ve used your phone over the course of a day. You also get a counter that shows you how many you’ve unlocked your phone.

OxygenOS 11 introduces a new visual design for stock apps

OxygenOS 11 introduces a new design for OnePlus’ first-party apps, including Weather, Notes, Gallery, and others. There’s a bold typeface with large icons that make it easier to view information, and the design itself is cleaner now. OnePlus also updated the icons for its first-party apps, and the new aesthetic ties it very well with the other interface-related changes in OxygenOS 11.

OxygenOS 11 has a cleaner settings page similar to One UI

The settings page in OxygenOS 11 should be very familiar if you’ve used a Samsung phone in the past. Like Samsung, OnePlus has pushed the menu elements further down the page, making them easier to access one-handed. The menu items now feature larger text, and the icons have also been updated. The menu categorization itself is unchanged from OxygenOS 10, but the larger text and easier-to-read icons are a welcome move.

OxygenOS 11 introduces a live wallpaper that changes based on time of day

OxygenOS always had some of the more exciting wallpapers on Android, and with OxygenOS 11 we’re getting dynamic backgrounds that change based on the time of day. You’ll see a large globe that changes position across the screen relative to the time, and the effect is similar to what you get with Google’s Wallpapers app.

OxygenOS 11 lets you schedule dark mode

OnePlus has a system-wide dark mode in current versions of OxygenOS, and in OxygenOS 11 the feature is being updated. You now have the ability to schedule dark mode or leave it enabled throughout the day, and the setting itself has moved from the customization menu to the display settings.

OxygenOS 11 has a new OnePlus Sans font for better readability

Continuing with the theme of readability, OnePlus is introducing a new OnePlus Sans font with wider spacing and a clean typeface. You’ll be able to switch to the font while setting up the phone or via the customization menu in the settings.

Zen Mode gets even better in OxygenOS 11

Zen Mode is one of the best new features that OnePlus introduced in recent years, and in OxygenOS 11 you get three new themes — inspired by the cosmos, oceans, and nature — and more customization options. You can now choose seven increments for Zen Mode, ranging from 1 minute, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90, to 120 minutes, and the feature is now collaborative as well.

There’s the option to set up rooms within Zen Mode, and you can invite your friends to participate in Zen Mode together — provided they also use OnePlus phones.

OxygenOS 11 offers customizable swipe-down gestures

OxygenOS 10 lets you access the notification pane with a nifty swipe-down gesture from anywhere on the home screen, and with OxygenOS 11 you get the option to customize the gesture. You can either pull down the notification pane or access the Shelf — the feature that lets you access commonly-used widgets.

The Shelf took up the left-most pane in earlier versions of OxygenOS, and while you can still customize it to show up there in lieu of Google’s discover feed, it’s clear that OnePlus is testing a different way to invoke the feature in OxygenOS 11.

The gallery in OxygenOS 11 serves automatic highlight reels

The default Gallery app in OxygenOS 11 will create short highlight videos based on your photos, and while the feature itself isn’t new, it is nice to see OnePlus offer it on its phones. It takes a few days for the gallery to collate photos for a video, and it does so while the phone is charging.

OnePlus 9

$730 at Amazon

A stellar 2021 value flagship

The OnePlus 9 gives you all the features you’re looking for in a flagship phone, including a stellar 120Hz AMOLED panel, the latest internal hardware with 5G, great cameras, all-day battery life, and 65W fast charging. Combine that with a clean software and you get a great overall package in 2021 that undercuts true flagships.

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