After completely updating its higher end OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 8 series of smartphones to OxygenOS 12 (or should I say ColorOS 12) based on Android 12, OnePlus has officially unveiled its OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 1 for the original OnePlus Nord.
According to a OnePlus Community post, the OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 1 is now available for the original OnePlus Nord and allows the power users to try out and test the new software update, in order to iron out any bugs before finally releasing it to the public.
“Hello everyone, we are excited to release our OxygenOS 12 Open Beta, based on Android 12, to the OnePlus Nord. For those who want to fully understand what the new OxygenOS 12 is all about, check it out today and see for yourself.”-Abdul B. OxygenOS Operations Manager In a OnePlus Community Post
As for its changes, the new update brings in a plethora of new features including a new battery-saving feature, improved support for dark mode with three adjustment levels, new gestures in the gallery, and much more. Additionally, the update also brings along with it, all the standard Android 12 features, such as new Privacy Dashboard, camera and mic indicators/toggles, revamped home screen widgets, etc. as summarized below:
- [Added] Smart Battery Engine, a feature that prolongs your battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-restoration technology
- [Optimized] desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
- Dark mode
- [Supported] three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
- [Added] new additional style options for Cards, making data contents more visual and easier to read
- [Added] access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple contents on your phone, including Apps, Settings, Media Data, etc
- WorkLife Balance
- [Added] WorkLife Balance feature, allowing you to effortlessly switch between Work and Life mode via quick settings
- [Supported] automatic Work/Life mode switching, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network, and time, also bringing customized App notification profiles according to the personalization
- [Supported] switching between different layouts with a two-finger pinch gesture, intelligently recognizing the best-quality pictures, and cropping the thumbnail based on the content, making the gallery layout more pleasing
- Canvas AOD
- [Added] new diverse styles of lines and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring visuals
- [Added] multiple brushes and strokes and support for color adjustment
- [Optimized] software algorithm and improved face recognition to better identify the features and skin color of different figures
- [Added] HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer
- [Added] Voice effect preview to allow you to record your voice effect or check your voice effect in real-time
As expected, the first beta build does have some known issues, but they aren’t that bad compared to the issues that had plagued OnePlus 9 series devices that were the first the receive the new Beta Update.
- The left bottom button of the keyboard may disappear.
- Unable to browse, delete and download pictures in Cloud.
- Personal Safe may not respond.
- Anti-shake effect in Snapchat may not be obvious.
- The screen may flicker when previewing after taking pictures.
How to Download It?
Last but not the least, you can try out the beta build for yourself by downloading the OTA package from this link. Once downloaded, transfer the .zip package to the root directory of the internal storage. Then navigate to Settings > System > System Updates > Local upgrade and select the OTA package to initiate the installation.
That said, OnePlus notes that this installation method won’t erase your user data, however if you plan on returning to OxygenOS 11, there’s nothing you can do to save your precious data as flashing the rollback package will completely wipe out your phone.
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