All about OxygenOS 12, OnePlus' software interface

All about OxygenOS 12, OnePlus’ software interface

OxygenOS 12 is the latest version of OnePlus’ software interface. A version which is based on Android 12 and which slightly improves the experience delivered by OxygenOS 11 since 2021.

What is OxygenOS?

OxygenOS is the software interface specific to OnePlus smartphones. It follows HydrogenOS, whose name was dropped in January 2015 for non-Asian markets. In China, HydrogenOS disappeared in 2016 when it merged with OxygenOS. The 12th version of the interface is based on Android 12 and landed for the first time in the OnePlus 10 Pro, the latest flagship of the Chinese company. It is, to date, also installed on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro as well as on the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8T. The interface is also available in beta on certain devices, including the OnePlus Nord.

Since July 2021 in Asia, OxygenOS and ColorOS (Oppo’s proprietary interface) have merged. On our market, the two entities remain very distinct, but in China, it is ColorsOS which officiates on the smartphones of the two manufacturers. These two interfaces now share a common base, which should in theory facilitate development and improve the user experience.

On the main lines

OxygenOS is an Android-based interface. We therefore find all the access to the applications of the American firm, such as Gmail, Google Maps or the Play Store. Before the arrival of OxygenOS 11, OnePlus’ interface was quite close to a version stock from Android. That is to say, OnePlus smartphones did not ship preinstalled applications (bloatware in English), not always desired and sometimes difficult to uninstall — when possible, at least until OxygenOS 11, rich in bloatware. With the OxygenOS 12 version, OnePlus seems to have changed its mind, since these famous bloatware are no longer as numerous. There remains only Netflix as well as the whole panoply of in-house applications from Google – which it is partly possible to remove from your smartphone.

The philosophy behind OxygenOS is also personalization. Less advanced in recent years, it offers a range quite different from the competition, which allows OnePlus to easily stand out in the mobile park. Fonts, animated wallpapers, themes or shapes of application icons… there is something for everyone.

The main new features brought by OxygenOS 12

Very few major innovations are to be noted this year, unlike last year. OnePlus is content to improve the existing, focusing its efforts on concentration and productivity.

  • This begins with the addition of a “work-life balance” or “work life balance” mode. The latter is activated in the settings, within the “special features” tab. As its name suggests, this mode allows you to define two time slots: one for work and the other for your personal life. You can activate it based on the time, your location, or even the wifi network the phone is connected to. The option lets you define which notifications will disturb you. For example, for Work mode, it will be better to choose notifications from email, Drive or your calendar. For lifestyle, you can choose to receive alerts from your social media apps, YouTube, or even your games. In the end, “Work-life balance” works the same way as Focus mode on iOS smartphones.

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