The open beta version of the next operating system of one plus, Oxygen OS 13will be available this month. What makes it exciting is that it’s built on Google Android 13, and it will be one of the first opportunities to test the next major revision of the mobile operating system. However, while we know OxygenOS 13 is coming very soon and devices will get it, we still don’t know much about it or what it looks like.
Gary Chen, OS Product Manager at OnePlus, had this to say:
“With OxygenOS 13, we continue to deliver the experience our longtime users love, such as a faster and smoother experience, stable performance, a no-load design, and ease of use. We’ve also made exciting enhancements to better suit users’ needs and changing lifestyles, bringing a comprehensive update that emphasizes personalization and personalization, gaming and connectivity.”
If you’ve had OnePlus phones for a while, you’ll have your own thoughts on how the software has changed since OxygenOS took on many attributes of Oppo’s ColorOS. Some will no doubt expect things to change in the next version, but OnePlus has not shown too of how the software looks, saying only that the design has been inspired by water, which is reflected in the name given to the new look: Aquamorphic.
What does this mean? Apparently we should be looking for smoother, rounded edges everywhere, and smoother menus and transitions. OnePlus specifically mentions how OxygenOS 13 will get “brighter in the morning and take on a darker, calmer aesthetic after sunset.” OnePlus briefly shared some images of what this will look like during its OnePlus 10T launch event. We may see a redesign of the Clock and Weather apps, a revamped notification shade, and more.
The only real major feature revealed by OnePlus at the moment is a new always-on display that works with Spotify and allows music control without unlocking your phone and visiting the app. OnePlus is also promising updates to its existing Always-on displays with more contextual and relevant information displayed. Unfortunately, OnePlus is also adding what sounds like some superfluous new features. We’re told to expect a Smart Launcher and Sidebar Toolbox, where Bluetooth and audio-related connectivity features will live on, along with HyperBoost gaming mode.
On the subject of audio, OxygenOS 13 will support Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos, as well as Fast Pair and Audio Switch to quickly exchange Bluetooth connections between devices. In addition, Nearby Share from Google will be included, and a feature called App Streaming will allow screen sharing on ChromeOS devices. However, Spatial Audio will require special headphones to work, and Dolby Atmos won’t be available in all regions.
While today’s little preview of OxygenOS 13 is great to see, we’re still eager to get hands-on with the software and see how it performs in everyday use. There are certainly some design changes compared to OxygenOS 12, but it seems that OnePlus is creeping more towards its ColorOS aesthetic, without going back to the minimalist design of previous versions of OxygenOS.
What devices will OxygenOS 13 arrive on and when? The OnePlus 10 Pro will be the first to receive the software, followed by the new OnePlus 10T later this year. Exactly when and how owners will be able to participate in the open beta program is not yet known.
In the future, the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, 8T, OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, 9R, and 9RT will also receive the update. For Nord owners, it’s coming to Nord 2, Nord 2T, Nord CE, Nord CE 2, and Nord CE 2 Lite. OnePlus has not committed to a timeline for the final public release of the software at this time.